Bulldogs Kick Off Season At Head Of Housatonic

Varsity four (Tim Bennett photo)

Busy Weekend With Four Olympians In Town

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Will Porter has seen some significant changes in the season-opening Head of the Housatonic during his tenure as the head coach of the Yale women's crew.

"It has gone from a small regatta that was basically an inter-squad scrimmage to the second largest head race in the Northeast," Porter said.

As a result, it will give Porter a good early indication of where his team stands. The Bulldogs made their 11th straight appearance in the NCAA Team Championships last year and figure to be a strong candidate to return to the NCAAs in the spring.

Ivy League foes Brown and Radcliffe will be among the many teams competing in the Head of the Housatonic. Racing begins at 8:30 a.m.

"We are excited to welcome both Radcliffe and Brown to the beautiful Housatonic," Porter said. "It is understandable that they would want to race on what many consider the best piece of water to row on in New England. We look forward to seeing how we stack up against the defending Ivy League champions [Radcliffe] and perennial national powerhouse Brown."

There also will be some special guests on hand this weekend. The four former Yale women's rowers who competed in the 2012 Olympics in London in August are back on campus. Ashley Brzozowicz '04, Tess Gerrand '10, Jamie Redman '08 and Taylor Ritzel '10 will participate in a panel discussion on Thursday night, will be honored at halftime of Saturday's football game with Dartmouth and then be a Gilder Boathouse for a boat dedication on Saturday afternoon.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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