No. 7 Bulldogs Capture Connell Cup To Open Spring Season
Yale Defeats Penn, Columbia In All Five Races
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Yale women's crew opened the spring season in impressive fashion, winning all five races against Columbia and Penn on the Orchard Beach Lagoon.
"I liked the way we raced in all our crews," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "Being able to sweep Penn and Columbia is a great accomplishment for us as a team."
The varsity eight was the closest race of the day where a little less than four seconds separated the three crews. The Bulldogs finished first with a time of 6:31.0, followed by Columbia at 6:33.1 and Penn at 6:34.8.
"Penn and Columbia both have very good varsity eights who raced well," Porter said. "I expect they will do very well this season. They should not be taken lightly."
The Bulldogs captured the second varsity eight by nearly six seconds, finishing with a time of 6:40.9. Columbia (6:46.7) was second.
Yale's varsity four also had a nearly six-second margin of victory. Yale crossed the line in 7:29.4. Penn (7:35.1) was second.
The Bulldogs' third varsity eight defeated Penn by 17.5 seconds, and Yale's second varsity four won by nearly the same margin.
"We raced well, but we are not fast yet," Porter said. "There is plenty to work on."
The Bulldogs will get a big test next weekend when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, to race Ohio State and Michigan.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity