Bulldogs Veterans and Rookies Impress

Nov. 14, 2005

It did not matter which side of the country the Bulldogs competed on last Sunday, as both the varsity and novice boats turned in stellar performances on opposite coasts.

At the Head of the Lake in Seattle, Wash., the Elis' varsity boat finished second in the Championship Eight, turning in a time of 16:33.094, just .19 seconds behind first place Washington State University.

"The Head of the Lake is an outstanding race in a city that knows and enjoys rowing," Head Coach Will Porter said. "For Yale, it was a trip filled with opportunity, to see some west coast crews that we normally do not see until NCAAs."

Also in Seattle, the Elis' Championship Four boat finished first, clobbering the competition with a time of 18:31.786. The University of Washington, the second-place finisher, was nearly 15 seconds off the pace.

Nearly simultaneously, Yale's novice boat gave fans a glimpse of the Bulldogs' bright future in Princeton, N.J., at the Belly of the Carnegie.

The Elis turned in Yale's best performance in the last seven years, finishing fifth with a time of 17:30.05.

"The Belly results are exciting for our program because we have some fast young athletes that are making an immediate impact," Porter said. "Now that the fall racing is over, it is time to take some Ivy rest days and then get started indoors."

Report filed by Sean Singer '06, Yale Sports Publicity

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