Bulldogs Ready For Head Of The Charles

Oct. 19, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's women's crew has been busy this fall. There are many new faces and young athletes filling seats in boats that were opened up by the graduation of 10 seniors in 2005. Fresh off an Eastern Sprints Championship in 2005, this year's team looks to make its mark in its own way.

"Every year is different," says Yale Head Coach Will Porter "This team is an interesting mix of experience and youth. We'll see how it will all turn out by spring, but I like the way this team works. They get after it."

The fall season has been spent teaching the technical aspects of the rowing stroke while working to build a solid fitness base. The first test for the 2005-06 Bulldogs comes this weekend at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

"Although the Head of the Charles has no bearing on the spring season, NCAA selection or the overall record of collegiate crews, it is the first chance to see how you line up against your future competition," Porter said.

Yale has three crews set to compete - a championship eight, championship four and youth eight. All three crews will race Sunday. The Yale varsity has a record of success at the Head of the Charles. The Bulldogs have been the fastest college program in two of the last three years and finished second behind Princeton in 2004. Once again this year Yale will start right behind the perennial powerhouse Tigers who always seem to post great results on the Charles.

Yale coxswain Emily Cleveland, who is studying in Paris this fall, refers to steering the Charles as "a walk down the Champs-Elysees on a lovely fall day."