11th Top-10 Finish In Last 12 Years
The Yale women's crew has earned another top-10 national finish. The Bulldogs placed eighth with 84 points after the final day of the 2013 NCAA Women's Rowing Championship at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.
It is the 11th time in the last 12 years that the Bulldogs have finished 10th or better.
"This team raced hard and was within a whisker of a top-five finish," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "We did many things well this year, but I am most pleased with the way the seniors got us back to the basics which is hard work pays off."
Yale, which entered the championship ranked 12th in the nation, improved on last year's 10th place finish and loses only four seniors to graduation.
"I look forward to next year," Porter said. "We are back on the climb."
Yale had one crew, the second varsity eight, in the grand final. The varsity eight fell less than a second shy of qualifying the grand final.
Ohio State won the NCAA championship with 126 points, two points ahead of second-place California. Princeton was third with 112, followed by USC (110), Virginia (108), Washington (102) and Brown (91).
Yale's second varsity eight finished fifth in the grand final with a time of 6:32.824. Ohio State won in 6:27.866.
Yale's varsity eight was fifth in a very close petite final. Less than three seconds separated the third-place and sixth-place finishers. The Bulldogs had a time of 6:31.992. UCLA was the winner in 6:26.618, a second faster than Radcliffe.
In the varsity four, the Bulldogs also placed fifth in the petite final with a time of 7:26.778.
Varsity four photo courtesy of David Hastings
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity