Ivy League Title On The Line Sunday On Cooper River
Bulldogs Seeded Third In Varsity Eight
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's crew coach Will Porter expects a very competitive Ivy League Championship on Sunday.
"The league is deep with speed and more parity on the top boat than we have seen in some years," he said. "I think five crews could win it. No one is out of reach or far off the mark."
Yale certainly should be in the mix. The Bulldogs' varsity eight lost only twice all spring, falling on the home courses of Princeton and Brown. The varsity eight final determines the Ivy League champion and the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. In addition, there will be a team points trophy, which is based on the results from all the crews.
Racing on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J. gets under way with the morning heats at 8:30 a.m. The grand finals start at 3:05, culminating with the varsity eight final at 4:15 p.m. The Ivy League® Digital Network will provide live coverage of the entire championship with live audio of the morning heats and live video of the afternoon finals beginning at 1:30 p.m.
"We are excited to line up at the Ivy League Championships and see where we stand in our speed," Porter said.
Yale's varsity eight, which posted a 9-2 record this spring, is seeded third behind Brown and Princeton. The Bulldogs race Princeton, Radcliffe and Penn in the second heat at 9:40 a.m.
The second varsity, seeded fourth, faces Princeton, Penn and Columbia in its heat at 9:10 a.m.
Yale's varsity four is seeded third behind Brown and Radcliffe. The Bulldogs race Radcliffe, Cornell and Penn in a 9 a.m. heat.
Yale's second varsity four is seeded second behind Brown and faces Radcliffe, Dartmouth and Penn in its heat at 8:40 a.m.
There are no heats in the third varsity eight, so the Bulldogs will race in the final at 2:30 p.m. Yale is seeded third.
In addition to competing for the league title, the teams will be trying to make one last impression on the NCAA selection committee. The Bulldogs enter ranked 11th in the nation so figure to be in good position to earn an NCAA bid. Brown enters as the top-ranked crew in the country. Princeton (No. 6) and Radcliffe (No. 14) are also nationally ranked.
"When it comes to the NCAA selection, it is great having the No. 1 ranked team in the country racing in our championship. They are the standard, and it is up to the rest of us to go get it. I expect the league to qualify four to five teams for the NCAA Championship."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity