Heavyweights to Race Dartmouth for Olympic Axe on Senior Day

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

"We saw some solid results on the Hous against Brown, but this early in the season nothing is definitive," said Dethlefs.  "We've moved on from our win against Brown and are looking forward to taking on Dartmouth this weekend.  If the conditions are better it should be exciting to see what kind of times we can post."

Last year both the Bulldogs and the Big Green fielded five eights, with Yale claiming wins in each classification.  The closest margin of victory was in the freshman eight where the Bulldogs won by an even three seconds.  In the varsity eight Yale's time was 5:54.5 to Dartmouth's 5:59.6, a gap more than twice as large as Yale's margin of victory in 2010.

Yale has not lost this race since the two schools began racing for the trophy in 2004.

The Big Green opened its season well last weekend, racing against Columbia, Holy Cross and MIT.  Dartmouth's varsity eight came in second in the four-boat race, clocking in at 5:53.9 to Columbia's 5:48.7.  Dartmouth's second varsity eight raced and won against Holy Cross in a two-boat race, and in the novice/freshman eight the Big Green finished first against the three other schools.

The heavyweights and women's team will both be racing Dartmouth at home this weekend.  The order of events for the heavyweights is as follows:

1F – 9:15 a.m.

2V/3V – 9:35 a.m.      

1V – 9:55 a.m.

Yale's Gilder Boathouse is located at 280 Roosevelt Drive in Derby, Conn.  Directions can be found here.  A spectator bus will depart from Payne Whitney Gymnasium at 8:30 a.m.

This year free live video coverage is available for all of Yale's home races.  To watch streaming video online during the race, please visit:


and click on the link that says "Watch" next to the race. In addition to being available live, races can also be viewed on demand shortly after the conclusion of the race.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity