November 11, 2007

Bulldogs Bring Home Belly Bowl

Nov. 11, 2007

PRINCETON, N.J. - Yale finished its fall season by sending all 16 of its freshmen to Princeton, N.J. for the Belly of the Carnegie, Sunday. The Bulldog novices finished fifth and ninth, enough to allow Yale to bring home the Belly Bowl for the first time since 1998.

The Belly Bowl is awarded to the school with the combined best time for the top two boats in all three events--heavyweight, lightweight and women's.

The Belly of the Carnegie is a head style race for freshman collegiate crews. Each school enters two even-strength boats, blending walk-ons and recruits. In theory, the format tests the depth of a given program's freshman class. The 2.75 mile course on Lake Carnegie also usually serves as the first race for many of a school's walk-on rowers.

The Yale B boat finished fifth in a time of 16:03.56, while the Yale A boat took ninth and recorded a time of 16:36.95. The Princeton A boat (15:28.79) won.

"The Belly of the Carnegie is great," Yale Head Coach Will Porter said. "It gives the new kids they're first chance to row for Yale. Now it's on to winter training to see how fit we can get and how we can do in the spring. "

Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publicity