Yale Wins Class of 1985 Cup
BOSTON – The Yale women's crew rolled to victory in all four races against Dartmouth and Boston University on the Charles River. The victory in the varsity eight allowed Yale to retain the Class of 1985 Cup for the 12th straight year.
"Today was a step forward for us as a team," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "It was an ugly win, but we needed to become more physical in our approach to covering the distance."
The varsity eight of coxswain Sarah Brownlee, Eliza Hastings, Catherine McDermott, Dara Dickson, Armine Afeyan, Natalie King, Caroline Nash, Maddie Lips and Stephanie Madner won by eight seconds, finishing in 6:50.1. Dartmouth (6:58.1) was second followed by Boston University (7:09.6).
The second varsity had a similar margin of victory. The Bulldogs finished in 7:02.5, a little more than seven seconds faster than second-place Dartmouth. BU (7:25.0) was a distant third. The crew for Yale was coxswain Kristen Brownlee, Elizabeth McDermott, Amber Anderson, Kathleen O'Keefe, Claire Tolson, Kathryn D'Andrea, Jen Stockwood, Nikki Grigg and Emily Tormey.
The varsity four of coxswain Margaret Ayers, Alexandra Fields, Elizabeth Kalina, Georgia Separovich and Brittany Bowman cruised to a 13-second victory. The Bulldogs crossed the line in 7:53.1, nearly 13 seconds faster than second-place Dartmouth.
The third varsity eight of Elisa Visher, Mary Barrosse-Antle, Lily Blair, Abby Loucks, Lauren Ross, Reynolds Ostrover, Sabrina Malak, Melissa Weigel and Madeleine Faucher had the easiest race of the day, winning by 23 seconds.
The victory Saturday came one week after Yale's varsity eight fell to Cornell.
"Don't count this group out yet," Porter said. "We are young and really just getting started figuring out what we can do and how much is in our tank. We figured some things out last week and it carried over into our racing."
The Bulldogs race Princeton and Ohio State next Saturday on the Housatonic River.
Varsity eight photo by Casey Hart
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity