Oct. 22, 2006
BOSTON, Mass. - The Yale women's crew team won the Collegiate Eights event at the Head of the Charles regatta by a comfortable margin of 17 seconds Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs also finished 5th in the Championship Eights event, in which the only collegiate crews faster than the Bulldogs were Princeton and Virginia.
On a perfect Sunday at the 42nd Head of the Charles, Yale made it another successful year at the banner regatta of the fall rowing season. After winning the Youth Eights event in 2005, the Bullldogs kept their streak intact as best they could after NCAA regulations which prevented them from racing against high school crews by winning the Collegiate Eights event. Yale's winning time of 17:05.343 was comfortably ahead of the pack as the Bulldogs rowed a consistent three mile piece. The other Yale boat in the event finished in 12th place.
In the Championship Fours event, Yale's boat finished with a time of 18:40.763, but incurred two penalties after review by the judges. One was a ten second penalty for a buoy violation, and the other was a one minute penalty for failing to yield to another boat. The penalties, which totalled 1:10, dropped the Bulldogs from 9th place to 19th.
In the last event of the regatta, the women's Championship Eights, the Bulldogs put in a fine performance which was good enough to secure the fifth best time overall, and the third among collegiate crews. The Bulldogs' V8 outdid their 2005 performance on the Charles by moving up from sixth to fifth.
In the coming weeks, the Bulldogs will compete at two head-style regattas on the Carnegie River -- the Princeton Chase and the Belly of the Carnegie -- with the Yale Invitational on home waters in between.
For complete results from the Head of the Charles regatta, visit the official website.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity