Oct. 29, 2006
PRINCETON, N.J. - One out of two isn't bad. That was the story for the Yale women's crew team Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Chase, as the 1V boat finished second behind the Cavaliers of Virginia, but beat the third-place Princeton Tigers - the two collegiate crews which finished ahead of the Bulldogs last weekend.
In difficult rowing conditions on Lake Carnegie, Yale's four boats performed well at the Princeton Chase. Strong headwinds and choppy water slowed things down on the 2.75 mile course in New Jersey, but the Bulldogs were up to the challenge. Three of the four boats finished in the top 20, with Yale's 2V and 3V recording times faster than many 1V crews from other schools.
Although Virginia won the event, the Yale 1V managed to clinch second place from hosts Princeton. The Bulldogs finished with a time of 16:07.62, which was just exactly half a second faster than the time recorded by the Princeton 1V, the first boat to start in the Women's Open Eights event in the staggered head race.
Yale's 2V boat didn't finish far behind. The Bulldogs recorded a time of 16:34.64, which was good enough for 6th place overall. The 2V also notably finished ahead of 1V boats from Wisconsin, Radcliffe, Dartmouth, Northeastern and Penn.
The Bulldog 3V also came close to posting a faster time than rival Radcliffe's 1V. The Yale boat finished in 17th place overall with a time of 16:55.64, just one place behind the Crimson 1V. Finally, Yale's 4V boat finished in 36th place with a time of 17:47.59.
The Chase was also significant in that it gave the Bulldogs the opportunity to test their depth. Yale sent 36 athletes to the event, giving many a chance to compete against other schools for the first time this season.
The Bulldogs will be back in action next Saturday as they host the Yale Invitational at Gilder Boat House.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity