April 14, 2012

Yale Defeats Columbia, Penn to Retain Blackwell Cup

TEANECK, N.J. – 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.

The first boats to come down the lanes Saturday were the freshman eights.  The Yale freshmen made their statement at the 1000-meter mark, making a big push to put Penn behind them.  From there it was Yale pulling away from Columbia, continuing to increase the gap they established at the halfway point.  In the end more than four seconds would separate the Bulldogs in first from the Lions in second.

Freshman Eight

Yale                6:03.3

Columbia         6:07.6

Penn               6:13.9

The junior varsity eight event was just a two-boat showdown between the Bulldogs and the Quakers, as Columbia's squad is too small this year to field a second eight.  Yale took control early against a very capable Penn crew, holding off moves from the Quakers as the two crews barreled towards the finish.

 "We had a great race," said junior Jon Morgan, seven seat of Yale's second varsity eight on Saturday.  "Penn showed they are great competitors.  We got out to an early lead, and they tried to come back on us a couple of times but we held them off to win by a boat length."

Second Varsity Eight

Yale     6:01.3

Penn    6:04.4

The biggest win of the day came from the Yale varsity eight.  Columbia and Penn were quick off the line in lanes two and three but the Bulldogs hit their shift well and walked their boat back up.  Yale had its bow ball in front coming through the 1000-meter mark and continued to step out, crossing the finish line more than six seconds ahead of Columbia with another three seconds back to Penn.

Varsity Eight

Yale                5:48.2

Columbia         5:54.6

Penn               5:57.3

Next weekend the Bulldogs will travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to race Cornell and Princeton for the Carnegie Cup.  This will be the last race for the Yale heavyweights before the Eastern Sprints on May 13.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity

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