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Yale to Race at Princeton Chase

Yale to Race at Princeton Chase

Oct. 23, 2008

PRINCETON, N.J. - After a strong showing last weekend at the Head of the Charles, Yale women's crew sends its boats to Princeton to compete in the Princeton Chase. The race, which, unlike the Head of the Charles, hosts only collegiate crews, will take place Sunday. The Bulldogs are the defending champions.

"The Princeton Chase is a great race. It is only college crews; it is run by the Princeton coaches and they know how to do it right," said head coach Will Porter. "We look forward to it every fall."

Last year, the Bulldogs took first place with a time of 14:28.953. They beat Virginia by 5.021 seconds. Yale's other boats finished in seventh, 16th and 28th.

This year, Yale will still be sending four boats to Princeton, but with a slightly different make-up. Three varsity eights and a novice eight will be competing. All three varsity eights, A, B and C, will be competing in the same race at Noon. The novice eight will be competing in a new event that will take place after the varsity event at 1:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs will be up against a number of crews, including BU, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Indiana, Minnesota, Penn, Princeton, Villanova and Virginia.

The race is a traditional head race, with all the entries from every school going off every 10 seconds, trying to chase each other down. The three-mile event is actually a two-and-three-quarter mile race, down Lake Carnegie.

Lake Carnegie is a man-made lake that is formed from a dam on the Millstone River. The lake was designed specifically for the Princeton crews and has since also become home to the Princeton Training Center, where many Olympic athletes train.

The defending national champion Bulldogs are coming off a weekend in which every crew medaled at the Head of the Charles. Yale's varsity eight took third in the Championship Eights event behind the Canadian National Team and Dutch National Team, but they were the number one collegiate crew. Yale's Championship Four also came in first among collegiate crews, and third overall in their event. Yale also recorded a first-place overall finish in the Club Eight.

But even in victory there is always room to improve.

"We have plenty of work to do coming off the Head of the Charles," said Porter. "We need to continue to work on the little things we do to get faster; we have a long way to go this year. We are just beginning to get into it. At this point you never know what can happen."

The Bulldogs will race starting at Noon on Sunday, Oct. 26

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity