Bulldogs Reclaim Connell Cup; Sweep Penn, Columbia
Yale Wins All Five Races
DERBY, Conn. – The Connell Cup is back where it has resided for most of the last decade. Yale's varsity eight cruised to a victory over both Penn and Columbia on the Housatonic River. The Bulldogs finished in 6:12, more than seven seconds faster than Penn and nine seconds better than Columbia. Yale also won each of the other four races to sweep the river.
"I liked the spirit we raced with today, from top to bottom every athlete raced with enthusiasm," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "We tried a different line up in the varsity today. We still are working to find the right combination in all our crews."
Yale had relatively easy victories in all the races. The second varsity eight was nearly 10 seconds faster than Penn and almost 20 seconds quicker than Columbia.
The varsity four won by 15 seconds, and the second varsity four had a nearly nine-second margin of victory.
The closest race came in the third varsity eight where the Bulldogs won by less than seven seconds.
Despite the strong performance, Porter still sees room for improvement.
"We are not too good off the start yet, our base can get better, our moves need some pop and we have to work on our finish," he said. "We have a lot to work on, but it is a good start."
The Bulldogs are back on the Housatonic next Saturday when they host Cornell.
but it is a good start.
"I look forward to a good week of practice, hopefully rowing on the water every day for a change," Porter said.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity