No. 1 Bulldogs Start Season By Winning Connell Cup
March 28, 2009
PELHAM, N.Y. - The schedule said it was the first race of the season, but the Yale women's crew looked in mid-season form on Saturday. The Bulldogs won the varsity, second varsity, varsity four and novice eight races all by at least 11 seconds over Penn and Columbia to capture the Connell Cup at Orchard Beach Lagoon.
Yale's varsity eight, which is ranked first in the nation, finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:36.2, nearly 11 seconds ahead of second-place Penn, who came in at 6:47.8. Columbia was third in 6:50.1.
The Bulldogs' second varsity finished just three seconds slower than the varsity and cruised to a nearly 12-second win. Yale crossed the line in 6:39.3. Penn was second in 6:52.5 and Columbia finished with a time of 7:01.3.
Yale's varsity four won by 16 seconds, and the novice eight had an 18-second margin over second-place Penn.
In the varsity 4 B race, Yale had the top two finishers.
The Bulldogs race Syracuse and Cornell for the Cayuga Cup next Saturday in Syracuse.
1. Yale 6:36.2
2. Penn 6:47.8
3. Columbia 6:50.1
1. Yale 6:39.3
2. Penn 6:52.5
3. Columbia 7:01.3
1. Yale 7:21.2
2. Columbia 7:37.9
3. Penn 7:44.8
Varsity 4 B
1. Yale B 7:22.6
2. Yale C 7:31.7
3. Penn 7:40.7
4. Columbia 7:42.7
1. Yale 6:53.7
2. Penn 7:11.3
3. Columbia 7:13.5
Yale Boatings Vs. Columbia And Penn
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity