April 23, 2005

Yale Captures Case Cup

April 23, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Bulldogs captured the Case Cup by sweeping Radcliffe on the Charles River. The varsity race was a photo finish as both teams finished in 6:24.08, but it was determined that Yale won by a foot. The Bulldogs also captured the second and third varsity races and finished ahead of Radcliffe in the first novice.

"The varsity race was one of the most exciting I've seen since I've been a head coach," said Yale Head Coach Will Porter. "Both teams battled with great intensity. It was even for most of the race, but we were lucky to get our bow ahead at the moment we crossed the finish line."

Notre Dame was a guest in the races. The Irish placed third in the varsity race with a time of 6:39.2. In the second varsity, the Bulldogs cruised to a six-second victory over second place Notre Dame. Yale won the third varsity by nearly 10 seconds over Notre Dame. In the first novice, ND was first in 6:50.1, nearly three seconds ahead of Yale.

"Today was another step toward securing an NCAA team bid," Porter said. "The Eastern Sprints League is the fastest in the country, so you never get a slow opponent."

The Bulldogs race defending NCAA champion Brown next Saturday on the Housatonic River.

Case Cup Results

Varsity
1) Yale 6:24.08
2) Harvard 6:24.08
3) Notre Dame 6:39.2

2nd Varsity
1) Yale 6:39.8
2) Notre Dame 6:45.8
3) Radcliffe 6:48.8

3rd Varsity
1) Yale 7:26.4
2) Notre Dame 7:36.1
3) Radcliffe 7:38.4

1st Novice
1) Notre Dame 6:50.1
2) Yale 6:52.9
3) Radcliffe 7:02.5

2nd Novice 4
1) Notre Dame 7:43
2) Radcliffe 8:00
3) Yale 8:29

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity