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Lightweights Narrowly Fall to Harvard

Yale Varsity (photo courtesy of Row2k)
Yale Varsity (photo courtesy of Row2k)

PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 2 Yale lightweight crew team came close, but ultimately narrowly lost to No. 1 Harvard in the annual Harvard-Princeton-Yale regatta. The regatta, held on Princeton's home course, on Lake Carnegie, featured many close races across the board. The Bulldogs finished first in the first freshmen event, however, Harvard, propelled by wins in the three varsity events and second freshmen event, took home both the Vogel Cup for overall team dominance, as well as the Goldthwait Cup for its varsity race victory.

The first race of the day, the second freshmen race, did not include a Yale entry, thus it pitted Harvard and Princeton directly against each other. Harvard fielded two fours, which both finished in front of Harvard's four. Harvard A came out on top in 7:31.0, compared to Harvard B's time of 7:38.6 and Princeton's time of 7:42.5.

The next race was the first freshmen race. Yale gained an early lead, however all three crews were within a few seats over the first thousand. Over the next 500, Yale and Princeton started to pull ahead of Harvard and were even going into the final quarter of the race. Yale used a strong sprint to move away from the Tigers and win in 6:10.3. Princeton was two seconds back, finishing in 6:12.3 and Harvard finished third in 6:14.6. This victory allowed Yale to capture the second annual Freshman Bowl, awarded to the winner of the first freshmen eight. 

In the following race, the Yale second varsity fought hard, but ultimately Harvard's moves proved to be too much for the Bulldogs. Harvard won the race in 6:04.0, Princeton finished second in 6:07.4 and Yale finished third in 6:10.9.

The highlight of the regatta was the first varsity race. Coming into the race, Harvard and Yale were both undefeated and ranked the top two teams in the nation. Yale got off to a fast start and held an early lead. Establishing a strong rhythm, Yale was able to push out and held a lead going into the second thousand of the race. However, Harvard used a strong move to gain a slight lead going into the final 500 meters. Yale was unable to counter and ultimately fell to Harvard by 1.4 seconds. Harvard won the race in a time of 5:51.0, Yale was second in 5:52.4 and Princeton finished third in 5:57.0. The win earned Harvard the Goldthwait Cup.

The last race of the day was the third varsity race. Yale and Harvard were locked together for most of the first 1000 meters. However, Harvard used a strong second half to pull ahead, winning by 5.5 seconds. Harvard finished in 6:15.2, with Yale second in 6:20.7 and Princeton third in 6:23.1.

Harvard's victories boosted them to a Vogel Cup victory with 39 points. Yale was second with 25 points and Princeton third with 20 points.

Yale now has three weeks to further train and improve before the championship season begins with the Eastern Sprints on May 19.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity