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Heavyweight Crews Preparing For Opening Weekend

Heavyweight Crews Preparing For Opening Weekend

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Yale’s heavyweight crews hit the water this Saturday in their home opener, the Head of the Housatonic in Derby, Conn. This race marks the beginning of the fall racing season that will run throughout the month of October, culminating with the Princeton Chase on Oct. 25.

Lucas Spielfogel ’10 has been selected as captain of the 2009-2010 heavyweight crew and is excited to lead the team through a successful year. Spielfogel will be joined by Rebecca Burgoyne-Allen, Henry Cole, Dominique Fenton, Nolan Maher, Antonio Sirianni and James Tormey as the seniors that will lead the Bulldogs this season. Tormey commented, “This senior class is excited to lead the team to repeat and expand on the successes of last fall. We’ve returned many strong oarsmen and are eager to start racing.”

The opening race at home on Oct. 10 will kick off three consecutive weekends of racing in three different states. Following the Housatonic regatta, Yale crews will travel to Boston for the 45th Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 17-18. This is easily the most competitive race of the fall season and will feature most East Coast college crews along with national team and international crews. The following weekend will see the Bulldogs in Princeton, N.J. for the Princeton Chase on 26 October.

At last year’s Head of the Charles, Yale’s heavyweight club eight took fifth place. The championship four took 20th with a minute of penalties. The championship eight took 11th.

At last year’s Princeton Chase, Yale’s varsity reclaimed the Princeton Chase title and kicked off a day of big wins for the heavyweights. Along with winning the varsity eight event, Yale’s heavyweights also claimed the varsity four. Returning members of that boat include junior Derek Johnson, senior Lucas Spielfogel and senior coxswain Rebecca Burgoyne-Allen. The class of 2012 added to the day’s victories by winning the freshmen eight event. All members of that class are returning this season. Also at the Chase, Yale’s second varsity took third among second varsity crews and the third varsity took second.

Racing at this weekend’s Head of the Housatonic will feature Yale oarsmen in the eights, fours, pairs and singles events.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity