Heavyweights Finish Second at Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Yale’s heavyweight crews traveled to Princeton, N.J. this Sunday to compete at the annual Princeton 3-Mile Chase. The varsity eight claimed second, the second varsity finished 17th and the third varsity came in  21st. Yale also entered four varsity fours in the regatta. They finished third, 12th, 16th and 40th. The freshman eight came in fifth.

Forty crews raced in the varsity eight event, and the heavyweight varsity took second in a time of 13:21.286. The Princeton varsity finished first in 13:18.686. The Yale varsity posted the fastest first split (7:27.975) but lost ground on Princeton during the second half of the race. In third was Columbia (13:23.475), in fourth finished Boston University (13:26.967) and fifth came Cornell (13:27.063). At last year’s Chase, Yale’s varsity beat out the competition in a time of 13:17.595. Princeton’s varsity came second (13:19.525) followed by Columbia (13:21.343), Cornell (13:26.577) and Syracuse (13:27.083).

In the same event, the Yale second varsity finished 17th in a time of 14:00.828. This placed them in fifth among second varsity crews (behind BU, Princeton, Cornell and Columbia). At last year’s event, Yale’s second varsity took third among second varsity crews (behind Princeton and Cornell) and tenth overall in a time of 13:51.643.

The third varsity completed the three-mile course in a time of 14:09.267 to put them in 21st. Among third varsity crews in the event, the Yale eight finished second behind Cornell. They also finished .368 seconds ahead of the Georgetown varsity. Last year the third varsity posted a time of 14:00.975 to take second place among third varsity crews (behind Princeton) and eighteenth overall.

The varsity four event saw Yale crews finish third (14:58.389), 12th (15:36.963), 16th (15:48.868) and 40th (16:18.375). Equipment malfunctions plagued the four that finished last. Last year Yale placed first, eighth, thirteenth and thirty-fourth in a field of forty-seven fours. Fifty boats competed this year.

The freshman eight finished fifth in the freshman event after Princeton, Navy, Columbia and Boston University. They completed the course in a time of 14:22.600. Princeton won the event in a time of 13.41.157. Last year the Yale freshmen finished first.

Thus ends the fall season for the heavyweight crews. Racing picks up again in the spring on Mar. 27 at home against Brown.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity