147th Yale-Harvard Regatta Saturday in New London

(photo by Don Clark,  Yale sports publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale sports publicity)

Saturday's race marks the 147th edition of the Yale-Harvard
Regatta. The crews fi rst 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 fi nish line. Saturday's
races will be downstream.

Sports Illustrated named this event the most venerable rivalry
in college sports, and its history predates the great football
rivalry between the schools by 23 years. Crews from Yale and
Harvard fi rst met on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire
on Aug. 3, 1852, the fi rst intercollegiate athletic competition
of any kind in the United States. Harvard won that fi rst
meeting and has built a 92-54 lead in the series. Harvard's
junior varsity holds a 73-37 edge, while its freshmen are
69-39-1 against Yale.

The matchup between Harvard and Yale heavyweight crews
brought the usual test of endurance to the waters of New
London's Thames River Harvard's fi rst varsity fi nished
in 19:05.7 to Yale's 19:19.1. The other events saw more
separation between Harvard and Yale crews. In the second
varsity the Crimson (13:38) were 30 seconds faster than
the Bulldogs. The winning freshman, 2-mile race time was
9:03.2, about 21 seconds ahead of the Elis.

2012 Regatta Schedule
Fri., May 25 Combination Race (2 miles) 5 p.m.
Sat., May 26 Freshman Race (2 miles) 3 p.m.
Junior Varsity Race (3 miles) 3:45 p.m.
Varsity Race (4 miles) 4:45 p.m.
Friday and Saturday's races will be held downstream.

First Varsity Race-by-Race
3/24 Brown (W)
Y: 6:43.7, B: 6:45.6
4/7 Dartmouth (W, Olympic Axe)
Y: 5:30.7, D: 5:36.9
4/14 Columbia and Penn (2 W, Blackwell Cup)
Y: 5:48.2, C: 5:54.6, P: 5:57.3
4/21 Cornell and Princeton (L, Carnegie Cup)
C: 6:00.7, P: 6:04.6, Y: 6:11.3
5/13 at Eastern Sprints 8th overall
Heat 3: 6:04.7 (4th), PF: 5:58.8 (2nd)
5/26 at Harvard
5/31 at IRA National Championship
The 147th Yale-Harvard Regatta May 26, 2012 • New London, Conn.

Regarded as one of the premier rowing coaches in the United
States, Steve Gladstone is in his second year at the helm of
Yale's heavyweight crew. Gladstone led the University of
California men's crew program to six IRA championships
during two coaching stints with the Golden Bears and also
served as the director of rowing operations at Brown where
he won four Eastern Sprints titles. Most recently he was a
director at the California Rowing Club, helping develop postgraduate
oarsmen for the U.S. National Team. Gladstone's
11 IRA championships tie him with Charles "Pop" Courtney
of Cornell (1901-15) for the most varsity eight titles in the
history of collegiate rowing. In all, Gladstone's Cal crews
medaled at the IRA regatta 11 times in his 12 seasons
since 1997 – fi ve gold and six bronze – an unprecedented
achievement in the 113-year history of the championship.
Over that same period, he directed Cal to seven of 12 Pac-10
championships. During his fi rst term at Cal from 1973-80,
Gladstone guided the Bears to three undefeated dual-race
seasons, an IRA title in 1976 and a Pac-10 championship
in 1979. As the director of rowing operations at Brown
from 1981-94, Gladstone's crew triumphed four times at
the Eastern Sprints, fi ve times at the IRA regatta and twice
at the National Collegiate Rowing Championships. He
returned to Cal in 1997, taking over a program that fi nished
as high as third at IRAs just once since his 1980 departure.
The Bears saw immediate success, capturing a bronze medal
at the national regatta in 1997 and running off a string of
four consecutive championships from 1999-2002. From
2001-04, Gladstone added the director of athletics role to his
duties at Cal, overseeing a department that placed ninth in the
Directors' Cup for overall excellence in 2003 and 2004 and
won fi ve national team championships. Gladstone began his
coaching career in 1966 as freshman coach at Princeton for
three years. He then took over as varsity lightweight coach
at Harvard, leading the Crimson to four straight undefeated
seasons, four titles at the Eastern Sprints and victories in the
1971 Thames Challenge Cup and Wyfold Challenge Cup at
the Henley Royal Regatta in England. During his tenure at
Harvard, he served as the U.S. National team coach (1969 and
1973) and was a selector for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team. A
1964 Syracuse graduate, Gladstone has served on the Board
of Directors of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen
and has also been a member of the Men's Olympic Rowing
Committee. In 1984, he served as ABC's analyst for rowing
events at the Los Angeles Olympics. He worked in the same
capacity for NBC at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988.

Joel Scrogin joined the Yale Men's Heavyweight Crew
program in the fall of 2010. Scrogin is a 1999 graduate of
Brown University and served as an assistant coach for the
Bears from 2004 until 2007. Scrogin currently works with
the Yale Class of 2015 as the freshman coach. At Brown,
Scrogin's freshman crew won Eastern Sprints and fi nished
second at IRA's. He was a member of now-head coach Paul Cooke's first freshman class. As an upperclassman Scrogin
rowed in the varsity and would go on to represent the U.S.
at the Nations Cup (now recognized as the World U23
Championships) in the quad. After graduating from Brown
with a B.A. in History, Scrogin briefl y held a position as an
investment banker with Thomas Weisel Partners in Boston.
Scrogin was also a founding member of an online travel
company, Weekends.com, before returning to his alma mater
to coach at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass. In
2003, Scrogin enrolled at Oxford where he would earn his
Masters in Comparative and International Education. He
raced in the Blue Boat in the 150th Oxford and Cambridge
Boat Race, sitting in four seat. Most recently Scrogin served
as assistant coach at California Rowing Club. There he
worked with athletes feeding into the U.S. Senior National
and Olympic teams, as well as coordinated USRowing U23
ID Camps. Scrogin has coached crews at the Senior World
Championships, at FISA World Cup Regattas, and at the
World U23 Championships where in 2009 his 4- crew earned
a silver medal, the fi rst ever medal in that event for the U.S.

This year's regatta will once again be broadcast on WKNL
Kool 101 (100.9) and www.kool101fm.com. Charlie Hamlin
(Harvard '70) and Yale lightweight coach Andy Card will
provide commentary.

The Thames River will be closed to traffi c on race day about
30 minutes before the fi rst event. Spectator boats may anchor
along, but clear of, the race course. Spectators on shore can
watch the action from various points along the river, including
near the fi nish line at Bartlett's Cove.

Residents have put up Yale oars and signs, and a power
plant on the river hangs a large "Go Yale" banner. The
town, which is impartial, has installed signs at both ends of
Route 12. One reads, "Welcome to Gales Ferry, Home of
the Yale-Harvard Regatta" in blue, while the other reads,
"Home of the Harvard-Yale Regatta" in red. Neighbors
to the Yale camp have been known to re-paint the rock at
Bartlett's Cove Yale blue after the race each year.

This year's race will be the 62nd heading downstream on
the Thames. Harvard holds a 36-26 advantage going in that
direction. Harvard holds a 40-23 edge in upstream races.
Yale's 2007 win was the Bulldogs' fi rst upstream victory
since 1984. The Bulldogs have won two of the last three
downstream races.

Robert Cook Boathouse in Derby, Conn., was replaced by the
Gilder Boat House at the start of Yale's 2001 spring season.

Gilder is an expansive facility that stretches south to the finish line of Yale's 2,000-meter race course, and incorporates
design features specifi c to the needs of the program and the
requirements of the site on the Housatonic River. Selected
in a design competition in February 1998, the New Haven
fi rm of Turner Brooks Architects created a building that is
unlike any other boathouse in the world. The main building
entrance brings athletes, coaches and visitors through the
heraldic sliding oar "door" (a clustered frieze of aluminum
oars) onto a porch that opens up dramatically to a framed
view of the river. Here a generously expanding stair spills
down to connect with the docks and the water below. The
staircase and deck function as a multipurpose space for team
meetings and other group activities. The athletes proceed
out along the porch overlooking the river to enter the locker
rooms. The coaches have their own offi ce and lobby area. A
lounge is located south of the river for viewing the approach
of racing boats. This space, anchored by a large fi replace,
is also designed to house trophies and other Yale rowing

For more than 100 years Yale has maintained its New
London camp at Gales Ferry in preparation for the Regatta.
The facility is owned and operated by the Yale heavyweight
crew. Traditionally, after fi nal exams, the rowers began a
training camp at Gales Ferry in preparation for the four-mile
marathon. The varsity house was originally constructed in
the late 18th century as a private home, and the boathouse
was designed by James Gamble Rogers, the architect who
designed much of Yale's New Haven campus.

Tom Dethlefs, in his third year with the fi rst varsity, has a
plethora of international rowing experience and is the captain
of the 2011-12 Elis. With the U.S. team Dethlefs has earned
three medals in three tries at the world championship level.
Before coming to Yale Dethlefs rowed in fi ve seat of the
U.S. eight that won a bronze medal at the 2008 Junior World
Championships in Linz, Austria. Two years later Dethlefs
sat in six seat of the U.S. eight that won a silver medal at
the 2010 U23 World Championships in Brest, Belarus and
rowed with the U.S. National Team at the 2010 E.On Hanse
Cup in Rendsburg, Germany. His most recent international
appearance was this past summer again in six-seat of the
U.S. eight that won a gold medal at the 2011 U23 World
Championships in Amsterdam and set the U23 World Record
time. At Yale Dethlefs has taken his national team experience
back to the Housatonic. He has raced in the varsity eight the
past three years. Currently sitting in six-seat of the varsity
eight, Dethlefs sat in fi ve seat last year while Yale captured
the Olympic Axe and Blackwell Cup and fi nished seventh
at the Eastern Sprints. His sophomore year was highlighted
by a second-place fi nish in the 2009 World Top University
Rowing Challenge in Kunming, China. Dethlefs also helped
Yale's fi rst varsity win the Olympic Axe, Blackwell Cup
and Carnegie Cup that year. Off the water Dethlefs has
paralleled his rowing endeavors with ambitious academics.
A graduate of the Lawrenceville School in NJ, Dethlefs has
majored in history with a focus on the Cold War. His senior
thesis, completed over the course of the past year, garnered
the Andrew D. White prize from the history department.
After the completion of the season Dethlefs plans to try out
for the U23 team for a third time before continuing his rowing
career with the US team.

Yale Head Coach Steve Gladstone:

Yale Captain Tom Dethlefs