NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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 at 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.
The day began with a clean sweep of the men's open pair event. Seniors Joseph Alagna and captain Tom Dethlefs won by almost a minute, finishing in a time of 17:33.6. In second place came sophomore Zachary Johnson and junior Harry Simperingham with a time of 18:28.5, and close behind in third were sophomore Lawrence Lopez-Menzies and junior Jon Morgan with a time of 18:32.0. A crew from Fordham finished in fourth place.
In the men's collegiate eight (IRA) event the heavyweights finished second, third, seventh and eighth. The top two varsity boats clocked in at 14:40.8 and 14:50.2, managing to keep the crew from Williams (14:51.0) out of the top three. The Yale freshman eight, having won the novice category over Brown earlier in the morning, finished in seventh place with a time of 15:16.5, and a third varsity heavyweight eight finished eighth with a time of 15:38.9
To round out the day, the heavyweights raced three fours in the men's collegiate 4+ (IRA) event. The first boat took the field by eight seconds, finishing first with a time of 16:11.1. The second Yale four finished in third position in a time of 16:19.0, with one of Williams' fours finishing in between in second place.
The heavyweights now have two weeks off of racing before competing at the Head of the Charles on Oct. 22-23. The Bulldogs will have four boats racing: a championship eight, a championship four, a club eight and a club four. So far Yale has raised more than $1,400 for Pull for a Cure, which will culminate the weekend of the Head of the Charles though donations will continue to be accepted throughout the fall.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity