Yale Claims Cup For First Time Since 1990
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was a memorable day for the Yale women's crew. The Bulldogs reclaimed the Nat & Anne Case Cup by defeating defending national champion Brown in two of the three NCAA races. Yale takes possession of the cup for the first time since 1990. The Bulldogs won the second varsity and varsity four.
"For this team to step up and claim the Nat & Anne Case Cup is amazing," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "They have done what none of my other teams have been able to do. It's remarkable. I am really proud of them."
The second varsity won by nearly three seconds, finishing in 6:25.1 to Brown's 6:28.2.
"The 2V rowed a very complete race for the first time this year," Porter said. "It was a breakout performance."
Yale's varsity four cruised to a surprisingly easy victory. In fact, the Bulldogs' second varsity four also beat Brown's top four as all the fours raced together. Yale's first crew came in at 7:28.1, while the Bulldogs' second four finished in 7:35.5. Brown's top four crossed the line in 7:50.5.
"[Assistant coach] Jamie Snider is working his magic with our fours," Porter said. "They rocked."
There was controversy in the varsity eight race. A boat wake disrupted the race nearly halfway through. Brown ended up edging the Bulldogs 6:20.5 to 6:22.4. Porter requested a re-row but was denied by the Brown coaches and the official.
"We were two seats down and had momentum when the wake hit both crews," Porter said. "I felt the race should have been stopped for the safety of the athletes."
Brown also won the third varsity eight, finishing with a time of 6:56.4 to Yale's 7:03.6.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the inaugural Ivy League Championship on May 13.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity