Second Varsity Eight And Varsity Four Advance To Semifinals At Henley Women’s Regatta

Second varsity eight with their medals. (Tim Bennett photo)
Second varsity eight with their medals. (Tim Bennett photo)

All Three Yale Crews To Race Sunday

Two Yale crews advanced to the semifinals with victories on Saturday at the Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames River in England.

In the senior eight, Yale's second varsity edged Imperial College by 1-and-a-quarter boat length. The Bulldogs finished with a time of 4:58. The crew for Yale is: Kendall Chapin, Casey Wizner, Olivia Maclean, Emily Patton, Abby Loucks, Kara Freeman, Martha Cosgrove and Lydia Keating. The coxswain is Laura Grimbergen.

The Bulldogs face OUWBC/WRC in the semifinal on Sunday morning. The championship race is Sunday afternoon.

Yale's four won for the second straight day in the senior four. The Bulldogs knocked off Bowdoin College in an All-American race. Yale finished with a time of 5:24. The crew for the Bulldogs is Amina Edwards, Brit Sharon, Mieke Scherpbier and Schuyler Ritchie. The coxswain is Sarah Weil.

Yale faces the University of East London in the semifinals.

"Both crews raced real crackers as they say over here," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "Both races were hard fought and narrow wins. It is great racing experience for our team."

Yale's varsity has its first race on Sunday in the semifinals of the elite eight. The Bulldogs face a crew from Oxford University that is coached by former Yale rower and head coach Chris Wilson '83. Porter was an assistant under Wilson before taking over as head coach.

So far, the conditions in Henley have been near perfect, according to Porter.

"The course has been beautiful, very little flow and a slight tail breeze," he said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity