Bulldogs Knock Off British National Crew To Reach Semis At Henley

Yale Wins By 1 1/3 Lengths

Yale's varsity eight exacted some revenge in its first race at the Royal Henley Regatta in England. The Bulldogs edged the British national crew that had beaten them two weeks ago in the final of the elite eight at the Henley Women's Regatta. Yale finished with a time of 7:37, to win by more than a length.

"Big win for us today," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "We made a few changes [since the Henley Women's Regatta] and gained some speed. I liked the way we raced today - on the attack from stroke one, battled through the middle and used our fitness to get to the line first."

Yale faces a Dutch national crew in Saturday's semifinal.

"Making it to the semifinals of this race is quite an accomplishment," Porter said. "We will be the only non-national team crew in the semis."

The crew for Yale is from the bow: Colleen Maher, Maddie Lips, Olivia Maclean, Natalie Lapides, Claire Tolson, Nina Demmerle, Madeline Dinse and Abbie Young. The coxswain is Kristen Brownlee.

A second British national crew and an Australian national eight will race in the other semifinal. The championship race is Sunday.

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

 
 

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