NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With one win and one loss already in the varsity eight, the Yale heavyweight crew team will aim to rack up two more wins this Saturday against the Penn Quakers and Columbia Lions. After winning four out of five races in this matchup last year, including the varsity eight, the Bulldogs will be defending the Blackwell Cup in their third race of the 2010-11 season.
The Blackwell Cup, one of rowing's biggest trophies, is awarded in honor of George Engs Blackwell, an 1880 graduate of Columbia. Since Columbia, Penn and Yale started racing for the cup in 1927, Yale has won the most with a total of 38 times, including last year with a 2.5-second win in the varsity eight on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. In recent years Penn and Yale have traded the trophy back and forth almost exclusively, up until 2008 when Columbia won for the first time in 67 years. This year, with Columbia, Penn and Yale already having dual season wins under their belts, all three teams will be contenders.
Each of Yale's three crew teams will be racing at home on the Housatonic this Saturday. After the women's team races Ohio State and Princeton at 8:00 a.m., the heavyweights will alternate racing the Lions and the Quakers with the Yale lightweights. The tentative race schedule is as follows:
(9:30 LWT 1V)
9:45 HWT 1V
(10:00 LWT 2V)
10:15 HWT 2V
(10:30 LWT 1F)
10:45 HWT 1F
(11:00 LWT 3V 4+)
11:15 HWT 3V
(11:30 LWT 4V/2F 4+)
11:45 HWT 4V/2F 4+
Yale's Gilder Boathouse is located at 280 Roosevelt Drive in Derby, Conn. Directions can be found here. Spectator buses will leave from Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity