Three Crews Medal At Ivy Championship
Bulldogs Place Fourth In Team Standings
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. – Three Yale crews won medals at the Ivy League Championship on the Cooper River. The second varsity eight and varsity four both finished second, while the second varsity four placed third.
Yale's varsity eight came in sixth. Princeton won the varsity eight grand final to claim the Ivy League title and secure the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Brown finished with 81 points to win the team title. The Bulldogs were fourth with 53 points.
"It was great racing from our second varsity and varsity four," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "We were very strong in two of the three NCAA crews. Our varsity eight was off the mark."
The Bulldogs now must wait to see if they earn one of 11 at-large bids to the NCAA Championship. The field will be announced on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Ivy League has consistently sent at least four teams to the NCAAs in recent years.
"The Ivy League is the fastest league in the country right now," Porter said. "We'll have to see if our body of work is enough for us to move on."
Yale certainly has strong credentials. The Bulldogs were ranked 11th in the nation in the latest CRCA-US Rowing poll, and the varsity eight lost only twice during the dual-race season.
Yale's second varsity was seeded fourth but turned in a strong performance in the grand final to win a silver medal. The Bulldogs finished in 6:34.562, nearly four seconds behind Brown but a little over a second faster than third-place Princeton.
"Our 2V was poised all the way down the course," Porter said. "It's a new combination and they've been better every time they race."
Yale's varsity four, seeded third, also finished higher than projected. Brown won handily in 7:05.157. The Bulldogs crossed the line in 7:10.532, more than three seconds faster than third-place Princeton.
"Our four has been consistently good," Porter said. "We reconfigured it a bit but they did a great job."
The second varsity four also has been strong throughout the season and won a bronze medal by placing third with a time of 7:25.688. Brown was first in 7:20.593, more than three seconds faster than Princeton, who came in at 7:23.899. Yale's time was 7:25.688.
Yale's varsity eight, which suffered only narrow losses to Brown and Princeton during the regular season, was slow off the start and couldn't recover.
Princeton cruised to a surprisingly easy win, finishing with a time of 6:15.412, more than four seconds faster than second-place Brown. Radcliffe was third in 6:22.622, followed by Dartmouth (6:25.153), Cornell (6:26.873) and Yale (6:32.115).
In the third varsity eight final, the Bulldogs finished fifth with a time of 6:58.741. Princeton won in 6:33.608.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity