2011-12 Yale Heavyweight Crew News
August 4, 2012
Cole Wins Bronze with U.S. Men’s Four at London Olympics
With a podium finish at the London Olympics on Saturday, Charlie Cole ’07 has become the first Yale heavyweight rower to medal at the Olympics since 1988. Rowing in three-seat in the U.S. men’s four, Cole and his crew raced well all week, winning their heat and semifinal, and will now bring home a bronze medal from Dorney Lake.
August 3, 2012
Yale-Harvard Regatta is 160 Years Old Friday
On August 3, 1852, three crews from Harvard and Yale met on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee to race against each other for the first time. In this two-mile (3 km) contest, Harvard's Oneida prevailed over Yale's Shawmut by about two lengths, with Yale's Undine finishing third. The prize for first place was a pair of black walnut, silver inscribed trophy oars. General Franklin Pierce, who would later become the 14th President of the United States, was in attendance.
August 2, 2012
Cole Through to Saturday’s A Final at London Olympics
The U.S. men’s coxless four won the second of two A/B semifinals at the 2012 London Olympics on Dorney Lake Thursday. With Charlie Cole ’07 in three-seat, the U.S. put up a strong middle thousand to deliver them a lead that they held on to until the line. By winning their semi the U.S. have earned a spot in Saturday’s A final, and with it, a shot at an Olympic medal.
July 30, 2012
Cole’s Crew Wins Heat to Advance to Thursday’s Semifinals at London Olympics
Yale heavyweight crew alum Charlie Cole ’07 and the U.S. men’s coxless four made their long-awaited debut at the 2012 London Olympics on Dorney Lake this morning. Racing in the third of three heats, the U.S. looked long and strong as they took an early lead and kept their bow in front all the way down the course. With a win this morning Cole and his mates have earned an extra day of rest, skipping tomorrow’s repechage and will now race in Thursday’s semifinals.
July 26, 2012
Olympic Spotlight: Five Years On, Cole Set to Race in U.S. Four in London Olympics
Yale heavyweight alum Charlie Cole ’07 has rowed in – and won – the oldest collegiate athletic competition in the U.S., the four-mile Yale-Harvard Regatta on the Thames River in New London, Conn. He has also been a part of the winning crew in its British counterpart, the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race held on the Thames River in London, England. He has competed in Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships, and medaled at World Cup Regattas. But five years after graduating from Yale, Cole will soon finally be competing in the most highly regarded competition in rowing and athletics as a whole, the Olympic games. Cole will be representing the U.S. in the men’s coxless four.
July 15, 2012
Dethlefs Defends U23 Gold with U.S. Eight
In his last year of eligibility at the under-23 level, Tom Dethlefs ’12 is bringing home another gold medal from an Under 23 World Championships. Dethlefs, Yale’s captain for the 2011-12 season, rowed in seven-seat of the U.S. eight that finished first at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships on Sunday. Dethlefs’ win followed up another medal for a Yale oarsman in Trakai, with rising junior Owen Symington winning silver for Australia in the coxless four on Saturday.
July 7, 2012
Three Heavyweights to Compete at World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Three members of the Yale heavyweight crew team, Tom Dethlefs ‘12, Tom Lynam and Owen Symington, will be racing at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, next week.
July 1, 2012
Johnson ’11, Symington Score Wins at Henley
The Yale heavyweight crew team had three former and two current rowers competing at Henley Royal Regatta this past weekend. In a year that saw a record number of entries from international crews, the Bulldogs have strong ties to the victors in the two most prestigious events at the regatta. Derek Johnson ‘11, Yale’s captain for the 2010-11 season, won the Grand Challenge Cup as three-seat of an eight from California Rowing Club. Rising junior Owen Symington won the Stewards’ Challenge Cup as bow seat of an Australian coxless four that will be competing at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships next week.
June 20, 2012
Spring Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy honors in its spring sports, and 10 Yale student athletes were recognized. The 10 men and women were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each Ivy institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.
June 15, 2012
Charlie Cole '07 Named to U.S. Four for 2012 Olympics
With the completion of the Olympic Trials on Thursday the U.S. men’s sweep boats are now set, but as of last week Charlie Cole ’07 has been secure in his seat in the men’s coxless four headed to the 2012 London Olympics.
June 13, 2012
Morgan Elected Captain for 2012-13 Season
Next year the Yale heavyweight crew team will be in the hands of an international oarsman. Jon Morgan, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a rising senior in Calhoun College majoring in history. Morgan will take over leadership duties for the heavyweights from outgoing captain Tom Dethlefs.
June 2, 2012
Heavyweights Finish Season at IRA Regatta
The Yale heavyweight crew team wrapped up the 2011-12 season Saturday on the third day of racing at the 110th IRA National Championship Regatta. The junior varsity eight won the third level final to finish 13th overall, while the varsity eight finished sixth in the petite for a 12th place overall finish. The Yale freshman eight had the best finish of the day for the heavyweights, placing fourth in the petite to finish 10th overall.
June 1, 2012
Two Heavyweight Boats to Race in Petite Finals
The second day of racing at the IRA National Championships today brought some rough conditions and weather delays to the Cooper River. After delaying races for an hour and fifteen minutes to let a storm roll through, two of Yale’s heavyweight crews competed in their respective semifinals and both the Yale varsity eight and the Yale freshman eight will now race in Saturday’s petite finals.
May 31, 2012
Varsity and Freshman Eights Advance to Semifinals at IRAs
The 110th IRA National Championships were in full swing Thursday as the Yale heavyweight crew team raced in the heats and reps on the Cooper River. None of Yale’s crews was able to advance directly from the morning’s heats, but some strong performances in the reps kept the Bulldogs moving forward. The Yale varsity eight delivered a strong sprint in the rep to move on to Friday’s semifinal. Likewise the Yale freshmen had a good showing in their rep to qualify for Friday’s semis. Yale’s junior varsity eight fought hard in its heat and rep but will go on to race in the third level final on Saturday.
May 29, 2012
Heavyweights Ready for IRA National Championships
Yale’s heavyweight crews will back into stake boats one last time at the 2012 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships this weekend. The 110th IRA Regatta will be held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., starting the morning of Thursday, May 31 and concluding the morning of Saturday, June 2.
May 26, 2012
Bulldogs Fall to Crimson in 147th Yale-Harvard Regatta
The 147th matchup between the Yale and Harvard heavyweight crew teams brought the usual test of endurance to the waters of New London’s Thames River on Saturday. The Crimson took all three races as well as Friday’s combination fours race. With solid performances delivered by Yale against fast Harvard crews the Bulldogs will now move forward to next week’s IRA National Championship Regatta.
May 22, 2012
147th Yale-Harvard Regatta Saturday in New London
Saturday’s race marks the 147th edition of the Yale-Harvard Regatta. The crews first met in 1852, and have competed for the Sexton Cup annually since 1859. On all but fi ve occasions since 1878 the Regatta has been held on the Thames River in New London. Three events are scheduled for Saturday, beginning with the two-mile freshman race for the New London Cup. The three-mile junior varsity race with the F. Valentine Chappell Trophy at stake follows, and the event culminates with the four-mile Sexton Cup race between the varsity eights, the longest rowing race in the Western hemisphere. The overall regatta champion also receives the Hoyt C. Pease and Robert Chappell, Jr. Trophy. A special combination race with boats made up of rowers from the third varsity and second freshman crews kicks off the Regatta weekend on Friday afternoon. The winner of the combination race gets the James P. Snider Cup and earns the right to paint its school colors on the rock near the finish line. Saturday’s races will be downstream.
May 13, 2012
Bulldogs Finish Eighth at Sprints
The 67th Eastern Sprints Regatta concluded Sunday with strong performances delivered from top to bottom by the Yale heavyweight crew team. All three of Yale’s eights rowed in their respective petite finals, but in the varsity eight event the Bulldogs rallied to post the fourth-fastest time of the afternoon. This finish put the Yale varsity in the top nine to capture a berth for the IRA National Championships in three weeks.
May 11, 2012
Heavyweights Prepared for Eastern Sprints
This Sunday the Yale heavyweight crew team will travel to Worcester, Mass., to compete in the 67th Eastern Sprints Regatta. Held as the de facto Ivy League Championships, all eight Ivy League schools along with several other Division I programs from New England, the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Midwest will race on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester in hopes of taking home the title of Eastern Sprints Champions. This is the first of three big tests for the Bulldogs in this championship portion of the season, as Sunday’s Sprints will be followed by the Yale-Harvard Regatta in two weeks and then finally the IRA National Championship at the end of the month.
April 21, 2012
Yale Has First Losses at Carnegie Cup
The Yale heavyweight crew team had its first losses of the season on Saturday despite solid performances from all three crews. Against a strong headwind dying throughout the morning and minimal current, the Yale varsity eight came up short to both Cornell and Princeton. The Yale freshman and second varsity eights finished ahead of Princeton, but were unable to catch the Big Red. Cornell defended its home course, winning all three races and a fourth race between Cornell and Princeton’s third varsity crews. Saturday’s win by Cornell makes for the sixth year in a row that the Carnegie Cup has been won by the home team.
April 20, 2012
Heavyweights Head to Ithaca in Search of Carnegie Cup
For its last dual race of the season the Yale heavyweight crew team will head to Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend to race Cornell and Princeton for the Carnegie Cup. So far all of Yale’s heavyweight crews – the varsity, second varsity and freshmen eights – have proven indomitable in their three early season outings, each boat remaining unbeaten against Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Penn. With Saturday’s races being the last that could determine seedings for the Bulldogs at next month’s Eastern Sprints, all eyes will be on the results coming out of Cornell’s racecourse on Cayuga Lake Inlet.
April 14, 2012
Yale Defeats Columbia, Penn to Retain Blackwell Cup
The Blackwell Cup will stay at Gilder Boathouse for one more year as the Yale heavyweight crew team took down Columbia and Penn on Saturday. The Bulldogs have won this race three years in a row now, which makes the senior class three for three as members of the varsity squad. With these two wins Yale has now seen four other Ivy League teams, while Cornell, Harvard and Princeton are still to come.
April 12, 2012
Heavyweights Seek to Defend Blackwell Cup
The Yale heavyweight crew team will travel to New Jersey this weekend in hopes of defending the Blackwell Cup against Columbia and Penn. The Bulldogs are coming off two wins against Ivy League opponents, Brown and Dartmouth, but will see two more teams on each of the next two weekends, starting with the Lions and the Quakers this Saturday. Racing will be held on Columbia’s new racecourse at Overpeck Park in Teaneck, N.J,
April 8, 2012
Seniors Lead Charge to Defend Olympic Axe
For the ninth year in a row the Yale heavyweight crew team has defeated the Dartmouth Big Green to retain the Olympic Axe. In their last home race as Bulldogs the Class of 2012 went out in style, leading their teammates to open water victories over the Big Green in both the varsity and junior varsity eights. The Yale freshmen also claimed victory, building on the momentum they carried over from their win against Brown two weeks ago with a nine-second win over the Big Green on Saturday.
April 4, 2012
Heavyweights to Race Dartmouth for Olympic Axe on Senior Day
The Olympic Axe will be up for grabs this weekend as the Yale heavyweight crew team races against Dartmouth on Saturday, Apr. 7. The Bulldogs raced Brown at home two weeks ago, winning all three races despite tough conditions on the Housatonic River, and will look to use this momentum against the Big Green on Saturday. This race is the second of two home regattas on the schedule for the Bulldogs, and it will be the last race at home for seniors Joseph Alagna, captain Tom Dethlefs, Alexander Krey, Jonathan Martin, Keith Pfirrman and Morgan Welch.
March 24, 2012
Bulldogs Sweep Bears on Housatonic
The Yale heavyweight crew team kicked off the spring racing season Saturday with some long sought-after results. Yale won all three races, including the all-important varsity eight event that has eluded the Bulldogs in recent years.
March 23, 2012
Heavyweights Host Brown for First Race of the Season with Free Live Stream
The Yale heavyweight crew team will face its first test of the spring racing season this Saturday, Mar. 24 when the Bulldogs play host to the Brown Bears. Yale and Brown will each field three eights, culminating in the varsity eight event.
March 23, 2012
Live Crew Video Coverage Starts Saturday Morning
The Yale Crew Association has partnered with Community Structure and Stretch Internet to provide free live video coverage of home races in 2012. The season starts with the heavyweights hosting Brown Saturday at 10 a.m. (freshman at 10 a.m., junior varsity/third varsity at 10:15 a.m. and varsity at 10:30 a.m.).
March 19, 2012
Heavyweights Sit Ready for Sprint Racing Season
Seven months of high-performance training will finally come into play as the Yale heavyweight crew team enters the spring racing season this Saturday. The Bulldogs have the usual lineup of dual races on the schedule, followed by the Eastern Sprints, the Yale-Harvard Regatta and the IRA National Championships.
October 25, 2011
Johnson ’11 Wins Gold in U.S. Eight at Pan American Games
Derek Johnson has had a busy couple of months since graduating from Yale. Just two months after finishing his tenure as captain of the Yale heavyweight crew team for the 2010-11 season, Johnson won the 2011 Senior World Championships Trials in the pair with coxswain, earning him a bid to the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, where he finished fifth. Most recently Johnson raced at the 16th Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he crossed the finish line first as bow seat of the U.S. eight to win a gold medal.
October 23, 2011
Champ Boats Finish Out Weekend in Boston
Two more of Yale’s heavyweight crews took to the waters of the Charles River on the second day of competition today at the 47th Head of the Charles Regatta. The Bulldogs’ championship four finished 11th and the championship eight finished 17th against some very tough teams. With its selection process still in very early stages, Yale fielded two eights and two fours over two days of racing with 28 total oarsmen and coxswains, seven of which were freshmen. This race marks the end of a short fall racing season for the Bulldogs, and the team will continue training until the sprint racing season kicks off next March against Brown.
October 22, 2011
Club Boats Place in Top 10 on Charles
From BU Bridge to Eliot Bridge, warm weather and minimal wind made for some great racing from Yale’s heavyweight crews at the 47th Head of the Charles Regatta. On the first day of competition Yale had two boats entered, a club four and a club eight. The club four finished fourth out of 52 crews with a time of 17:18.17. The club eight finished sixth out of 42 crews with a time of 15:49.70.
October 20, 2011
Bulldogs to Compete at 47th Head of the Charles Regatta
This Saturday and Sunday the Yale heavyweight crew team will race a fall classic, the annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The Bulldogs have entries in the same four categories as last year, club four, club eight, championship four and championship eight, and each crew will start according to its finish at last year’s Head of the Charles.
October 9, 2011
Heavyweights Win Three Events at Head of the Housatonic
The Yale heavyweight crew team made a great showing on its home course yesterday at the 2011 Head of the Housatonic. The Bulldogs entered boats in four different categories and the end of the day they had the top spot in three of them, including collegiate and open events. The heavyweight freshmen made their racing debut in style, winning the novice eight in the morning over Ivy League rivals Brown, and coming back in the afternoon to post a very competitive time in the collegiate eight alongside Yale’s varsity crews.
October 6, 2011
Bulldogs Have Season Opener This Saturday
After a summer of hard training and a month of water practices, the Yale heavyweight crew team will finally get to race this Saturday, Oct. 8, at the 2011 Head of the Housatonic. This regatta is Yale’s traditional fall season opener, and the Bulldogs have done well in the past defending their home course. Last year Yale fielded five eights that finished first, third, fourth, 10th and 11th. The Bulldogs defeated crews from Marist and Williams, the latter of which is returning to race again this year.
October 3, 2011
Heavyweights Ready to Take on Fall Rowing Season
At the end of this week the Yale heavyweight crew team will have its first race of the year, beginning the long road towards the championship regattas of the spring. Last year was Steve Gladstone’s first year as head coach and under his leadership the varsity eight saw a marked improvement in its finish at the Eastern Sprints and IRAs. This year Gladstone returns with a veteran senior class, including captain Tom Dethlefs, a new assistant coach, and a fitter, more tenacious squad than ever.
September 7, 2011
Cole ’07 Finishes Fourth at World Rowing Championships
The 2011 World Rowing Championships came to a close this Sunday on Slovenia’s scenic Lake Bled with two former Yale heavyweights finishing among the top spots in their respective events. Charlie Cole ’07 (New Canaan, Conn.) finished fourth for the U.S. in the straight four, while Derek Johnson ’11 (Hillsborough, Calif.) finished sixth in the coxed pair, also for the U.S. Johnson will now return to the USRowing Training Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., while Cole’s top-10 finish earns his crew a qualifying spot for the 2012 Olympics in London.
August 23, 2011
Two Heavyweight Alums To Represent the U.S. at World Championships
The Yale heavyweight crew team will have two of its former sons competing for the U.S. National Team at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, next week. The first, Charlie Cole ’07, was named to the straight four back in late June and has had an impressive summer racing season in the weeks since. The second, Derek Johnson ’11, earned a spot in the coxed pair with a win at the Senior Worlds trials just two months after graduating from Yale. Racing in Bled will begin on Sunday, Aug. 28.
July 25, 2011
Dethlefs Wins Gold at U23 World Championships
In his fourth appearance at the international level, Yale heavyweight crew captain and rising senior Tom Dethlefs is finally bringing home gold from a world rowing championship. Dethlefs sat in six seat of the USA men’s eight that powered through to the finish line in Sunday’s A final to win the gold medal at the 2011 World Rowing Under-23 Championships. Dethlefs’ crew finished in a time of 5:24.31, both a new U23 world record and only 4.46 seconds off the fastest 2k time ever, set by the U.S. men’s eight in the finals of the 2004 Athens Olympics. Dethlefs was one of five Bulldogs competing at U23 Worlds, and his crew’s gold medal brought the American medal count to four.
July 15, 2011
Dethlefs to Race at U23 World Championships
Rising senior Tom Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Yale's heavyweight crew captain for 2011-12, will represent the U.S. in Amsterdam next week when he competes at the 2011 Under-23 World Rowing Championships. Dethlefs will be rowing in the eight for his second year in a row, making for his fourth international appearance on a U.S. National Team. He will likely be rowing in either six-seat or stroke-seat.