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No. 2 Bulldogs’ Spring Season Reaches Full Strength

Thomas Barrows and Blair Belling. (Photo by Jared Shenson.)
Thomas Barrows and Blair Belling. (Photo by Jared Shenson.)

Team Starts Spring Break Marathon with Two Team Races

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- After a long offseason and two warm-up regattas, the Bulldogs will hit their racing stride this weekend, competing at the Thames River Team Race and Graham Hall Team Race.  The weekend is the beginning of Yale's spring recess, and the Bulldogs will use their time off to travel to Charleston, S.C., to train.

The fall season focuses on fleet racing, and the spring features team racing.  Two seven-person squads will travel to events this weekend.  Seniors Becca Jackson and John Vrolyk, junior Andrew Kurzrok, sophomores Isabel Elliman, Steph Schuyler and Jared Shenson and freshman Grace Zimmerly will travel to Connecticut College for the Thames River Team Race.  Seniors Thomas Barrows, Mike Hession, Sarah Lihan and Marla Menninger, juniors Liz Brim and Blair Belling and sophomore Joseph Morris head to the U.S. Naval Academy for the Graham Hall Team Race.

The Thames River Team Race will be sailed in New London, Conn.  Teams from across New England will attend this two-day event.  This event was not run last year, and it was cancelled in 2008.  Though some schools have been able to squeeze a practice day in, most will greet the shifty Thames River without any opportunity to brush off the off-season rust.

The Bulldogs finished second at last year's Graham Hall Team Race, which was called after Saturday's racing because of lack of wind.  A full complement of teams from around the country will attend this intersectional.  Yale will have its first opportunity to size up perennial NEISA contenders such as BC and Roger Williams as well as MAISA heavyweights such as Georgetown and St. Mary's. 

Early forecasts suggest that winds throughout the Northeast will be light this weekend.

With the completion of racing on Sunday, the Bulldogs will all rally in Charleston, S.C., for a week of practice.  Both College of Charleston and Georgetown will be sailing on the same waters, giving all three teams the chance to hone their skills in friendly matches with each other.  The spring break practice time has historically helped the team set the tone for the season, and team members hope to build a strong foundation for later events in the season.

Racing at the Thames River Team Race begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and at the Graham Hall Team Race at 9:00 a.m.


Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity