May 9, 2013

Bulldogs Set To Face Atlantic 10 Champion Rhode Island

Final Test Before Ivy League Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's crew will conclude the regular season against an unfamiliar opponent. The Bulldogs race Rhode Island on Saturday at the Gilder Boathouse. The first race is set for 10 a.m. and the day concludes with the two varsity eights facing off at 11 a.m.

"We were looking at a three-week layoff this year between the Brown race, which is traditionally our last regular season race, and the Ivy League Championship due to our exam schedule," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "So we decided to take the opportunity to schedule URI."

The Rams should provide a good test. URI won the Atlantic 10 championship last weekend and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.

"URI is a fast program who we should race more often," Porter said. "They have already secured an NCAA bid so it is a great chance for us to see how we match up."

Yale, ranked ninth in this week's CRCA/US Rowing poll, hasn't raced since retaining the Nat & Anne Case Cup from Brown on Apr. 29. The Bulldogs won the varsity and second varsity eights against the Bears.

"We are very much still a work in progress and [the Rhode Island] race is a chance for us to check a few more things before next week," Porter said.

The Ivy League Championship is May 19 on the Cooper River just outside Camden, N.J.

Race Schedule

10 a.m. – Second Varsity Four

10:20 a.m. – Varsity Four

10:40 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight

11:00 a.m. – Varsity Eight

Yale Boatings

Varsity Eight: 1. Eliza Hastings, 2. Maddie Lips, 3. Colleen Maher, 4. Kim Szokol, 5. Nina Demmerle, 6. Claire Tolson, 7. Abbie Young,8. Natalie King, coxswain: Kristen Brownlee

Second Varsity Eight: 1. Kristjana Gudmundsson, 2. Abby Loucks, 3. Elizabeth Vincent, 4. Kristina Wagner, 5. Emily Tormey, 6. Amber Anderson, 7. Martha Cosgrove, 8. Madeline Dinse, coxswain: Christine Devlin 

Varsity Four: 1. Mieke Scherpbier, 2. Natalie Lapides, 3. Juliet Caragianis, 4. Jen Stockwood, coxswain: Margaret Ayers

Second Varsity Four: 1. Kara Freeman, 2. Brit Sharon, 3. Mimi Reichenbach, 4. Amina Edwards, coxswain: Laura Grimbergen

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity