October 18, 2009

On Charles Club Eight Takes First, Champ Eight 12th and Champ Four 13th

Champ Eight 5th Among All Colleges, 12th Among All Crews Including Several National Teams

BOSTON - On Saturday, the Yale heavyweight club eight took first out of 46 crews in the club eight event on Boston’s Charles River. The crew completed the course in a time of 15:22.613, 3.598 seconds ahead of the second-place crew. Last year the Yale crew took fifth. The Yale crew crossed the Riverside Bridge in a time of 3:32.848, Weld in 8:37.231 and Cambridge in 12:49.354 to finish in 15:22.613. Yale posted the fastest time in every split but Weld. In second place was the crew from the BMA Boat Club. In third came the eight from Northeastern. Boston University came fourth and Harvard finished fifth.

“The only expectation we had when we went into this race is that we were going to have to grind out three miles of hard rowing — every boat did just that,” junior Patrick Vergara said. “No crew goes to the Head of the Charles without expecting to lay down the hardest piece possible. All you can do is pull harder than your competition.”

Head coach John Pescatore said he was very pleased with the heavyweight club eight’s results.

“The club eight was fantastic,” Pescatore said. “There were only four events that college kids can race in, and we won one of them.”

Sunday’s racing saw the championship four take 13thplace in a time of 17:44.691. Wisconsin won the event in a time of 16:28.294. In second came Camp Randall Rowing Club, followed by Harvard in third. The Yale crew finished just ahead of Penn AC and just behind the US Naval Academy. Last year's four finished 20th after added penalty time.

Later that snowy afternoon, the Yale championship eight completed the course in a time of 15:10.270 to put them in 12thplace ahead of a Brown crew and behind the crew from the Skadi Rowing Club of Rotterdam. The Tideway Scullers, comprised of the world’s eight fastest single scullers, won the event. UC Berkeley took second, and the University of Washington finished third. Even though the Championship Eight had a lower finish than the Club Eight, it was still a significant result in that it came in fifth among all colleges, as some of the other boats Yale finished behind were National Teams. Last year the Yale championship eight finished 11th.

“It really boosts the team to have a good performance right now in the fall season,” said senior Henry Cole. “It rewards the hard work our team has put in so far and gives guys the confidence that we can reach our goals for the spring season if we continue working hard this winter.

The Bulldogs return to action next Sunday for their last race of the fall season, the Princeton Chase. Racing gets under way at 10 am in Princeton, N.J.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity