Bulldogs Fall To Dutch National Crew In Henley Semifinal

Varsity eight at Royal Henley Regatta (John Lapides '72 photo)
Varsity eight at Royal Henley Regatta (John Lapides '72 photo)

Strong Performance From Yale Ends Stay In England

The Yale varsity eight put up a valiant fight but lost to the Dutch National Eight in the semifinal the Royal Henley Regatta's Remenham Challenge Cup on the Thames River in England.

John Lapides '72 was in Henley and filed this report on both the semifinal and yesterday's impressive victory in the quarterfinal.

"The YWC varsity boat was fast off the start and led at 100m. But it wasn't their day as a Dutch national boat took the lead.

"Alas, the Cinderella story of the YWC at Royal Henley ended today in the Semi-Final against the stronger Dutch crew.  The Elis lost by 2 1/4 lengths, a very respectable showing against an experienced international team.

"It was the final race for the senior Bulldog Women who have spent 2 1/2 weeks here.  Our UK hosts were welcoming and appreciative of our participation.  It has been the experience of a lifetime for the team, the parents and the Yale alumni in attendance.

"On Friday in a stunning victory the YWC Varsity Eight beat the Great Britain development boat in the quarterfinal by 1 1/3 lengths. This is the same team that Yale lost to in the final at Women's Henley two weeks ago.

"One UK coach was quoted as saying to the Yale coaches `How the hell did you do that!'"

The crew for Yale was 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.