No. 6 Bulldogs Top Penn, Columbia In Opening Race
Yale Captures Connell Cup
DERBY, Conn. – There certainly was a little bit of uncertainty when the Yale women's crew hit the Housatonic River for the first time on Saturday. After all, the Bulldogs had new lineups in just about every boat. The results, however, were just what Yale fans have come to expect.
The Bulldogs won four of the five races, including the varsity eight, to retain the Connell Cup.
Yale's varsity eight of coxswain Sarah Brownlee, Catherine McDermott, Dara Dickson, Caroline Nash; Natalie King , Armine Afeyan , Kathleen O'Keefe , Stephanie Madner and Maddie Lips finished with a time of 6:09.40, nearly three seconds faster than Penn (6:12.90). Columbia was third in 6:22.
The Bulldogs cruised to an 11-second victory in the second varsity race. Yale finished in 6:16.20. Columbia (6:27.80) was second followed by Penn (6:28.30). The crew for the Bulldogs were coxswain Kristen Brownlee, Eliza Hastings, Amber Anderson, Elizabeth McDermott, Claire Tolson, Kathryn D'Andrea, Jen Stockwood, Nikki Grigg and Emily Tormey.
Yale's third varsity eight of coxswain Elisa Visher, Mary Barrosse-Antle, Lily Blair, Elizabeth Kalina, Georgia Separovich, Abby Loucks, Madeleine Faucher, Melissa Weigel and Katherine Dyke won by 20 seconds.
"We rowed very well in difficult conditions," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "It is a starting point. We have a better sense of what we need to work on. It's good to get the first race under our belt and to have a point of reference."
The Bulldogs will race Syracuse and Cornell for the Cayuga Cup next Saturday on the Housatonic River.
Report filed from Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity