Bulldogs Finish Eighth at Sprints

Yale's second varsity eight.
Yale's second varsity eight.

Varsity Posts Fourth-Fastest Time in the East

WORCESTER, Mass. – 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. 

The first Bulldog eight to take to the water Sunday morning was the Yale freshmen.  Rowing in the third of three heats, the freshmen finished fourth behind Dartmouth with a time of 6:01.920 to advance to the afternoon's petite final.

Yale's junior varsity eight followed in the second of three heats in the second varsity eight event.  The Bulldogs posted a time of 6:07.789, finishing third behind Navy and 3.5 seconds away from a grand final berth.

As the last race of the morning for the Yale heavyweights, the Bulldog varsity eight clocked in at 6:04.744.  Here Yale finished fourth behind a tightly-knit top three of third-place BU (6:00.519), second-place Navy (6:00.251) and first-place Wisconsin (5:59.641).

In the afternoon finals, the Yale freshmen finished fourth in the petite with a time of 6:18.463.  This time the Bulldogs finished just more than a second back on Dartmouth and more than three seconds ahead of fifth-place Syracuse.

In the petite final Yale's second varsity again finished fourth with a time of 6:11.627.

Finally, in a barnburner petite final of the varsity eights the Bulldogs put together a aggressive second thousand to finish in second place and clinch a bid to the IRA Regatta at the end of the month.

Varsity Eight Petite Final

Order   Entry               Result

1          BU                  5:57.133

2          Yale               5:58.876

3          Northeastern   5:59.717

4          Cornell           6:00.209

5          Penn              6:00.413

6          Dartmouth      6:01.143

The varsity grand final saw a close race between first and second place.  Brown edged out the favored Harvard crew at the line to win by 0.3 seconds.  Wisconsin took third with a time of 5:59.685, meaning Yale's 5:58 was the fourth-fastest time posted by any crew in the varsity eight category.

A Yale four also competed in one of the straight-to-final races early Sunday morning.  Rowing in the freshman four event, the Bulldogs finished first with a time of 6:42.680, a time that would have won the open four event as well.

The Bulldogs will now head to Gales Ferry to train for the 147th Yale-Harvard Regatta.  Yale freshman, junior varsity and varsity crews will race against Harvard over two, three and four miles of the Thames River, respectively, on May 26 in New London, Conn.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity