2012-13 Yale Heavyweight Crew News

August 3, 2013
Four Incoming Rowers Head to World Rowing Junior Championships
Four incoming freshmen on the Yale men’s heavyweight crew team are bound for the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, on Aug. 7-11. Two of the rowers—Robert Hurn and Robin Molen-Grigull—will represent Australia while the other two, Nate Goodman and John Risbergs, will represent the USA.

August 2, 2013
Trzybinski Wins Gold at U23 World Championships
Sophomore Hubert Trzybinski of the Yale men’s heavyweight crew team claimed gold for Germany on Sunday at the 2013 World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria. He was one of three Elis—the other two were junior Simon Keenan, representing Australia, and incoming freshman Stephan Riemekasten, representing Germany—to represent their countries at the competition, which took place July 24-28.

July 24, 2013
Three Rowers Bound for U23 World Championships
Three members of the Yale men’s heavyweight crew team will be representing their countries at the 2013 World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria, on July 24-28. Junior Simon Keenan will row for Australia while sophomore Hubert Trzybinski and incoming freshman Stephan Riemekasten will represent Germany.

July 16, 2013
Tom Dethlefs ’12 Captures Gold with U.S. Eight at World Cup III
Former Yale men’s heavyweight crew captain Tom Dethlefs ’12 clinched his first gold medal Sunday at an international regatta as part of the U.S. Senior National Team. Dethlefs sat in the seven-seat of the U.S. eight that pulled to victory at the third stage of the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.

June 13, 2013
Johnson Elected Captain for 2013-14 Season
Following the best varsity eight finishes in years at the Eastern Sprints and IRAs, the Yale heavyweights have elected Zachary Johnson to lead the team to even better results as next year’s captain. The rising senior from Ross, Calif., is a history major in Davenport College. He will take over leadership duties for the heavyweights from outgoing captain Jon Morgan.

June 12, 2013
Four Heavyweights Honored at Annual Team Banquet
After a weekend of hard-fought racing the Yale heavyweight crew team closed out its stay at Gales Ferry on Sunday night with its annual banquet. Four awards were given out, and the evening ended with the announcement that junior rower Zachary Johnson will serve as team captain for the 2013-14 season.

June 9, 2013
Bulldogs Finish Season With Y-H Regatta
A year of great progress and accomplishments may have come to an end on the wrong side of a sweep in the 148th edition of the Yale-Harvard Regatta on the Thames River, but nobody with the Yale heavyweight crew took today’s results as a blemish on the campaign.

June 5, 2013
Video Stream Available For 148th Yale-Harvard Regatta
The 148th edition of the Yale-Harvard Regatta will be streamed live online for free. The production will make the annual race between rivals in New London, Conn., available all over the world.

June 4, 2013
148th Yale-Harvard Regatta Set For Sunday
The 148th edition of the Yale-Harvard Regatta is set for Sunday. The crews first met in 1852 and have competed for the Sexton Cup annually since 1859. On all but five occasions since 1878 the Regatta has been held on the Thames River in New London.

June 2, 2013
Varsity Eight Finishes Seventh at IRAs
The Yale heavyweight crew team closed out the weekend at the 111th IRA National Championships with its best finish in recent memory. Yale’s varsity eight had a thrilling come from behind win in the petite final to finish seventh overall, the best finish in the varsity eight category since the Bulldogs finished sixth in 2006. The varsity four and second varsity eight finished eighth and 11th, respectively, both improvements over last year’s finish in those events at the IRA. The heavyweights will now head back east to prepare for the 148th Yale-Harvard Regatta held in New London, Conn., on Sunday, June 9.

June 1, 2013
Bulldogs to Race in Petite Finals at IRAs
Day two of competition at the 111th IRA National Championships brought some hard-fought racing from Yale’s three heavyweight crews, but each one came up short of qualifying for the grand final in their respective events. Yale’s varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four finished fourth, sixth and fifth, respectively. The Bulldogs will now race in the petite finals, beginning with the varsity four at 9:36 a.m. PT on Sunday.

May 31, 2013
All Boats Advance to Semifinals on Day One at IRA National Championships
All three of Yale’s crews advanced to Saturday’s A/B semifinals on the first day of racing at the 111th IRA National Championships. The varsity eight and varsity four each took second in their heats to advance directly to the semifinals. Yale’s second varsity eight took third in its heat and had to race in one of the afternoon’s repechages where the Bulldogs finished second to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. Racing resumes on Lake Natoma for the Bulldogs Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. PT (12:15 p.m. ET).

May 30, 2013
Bulldogs Out West for IRA National Championships
The outskirts of Sacramento have been home to the Yale heavyweight crew team this week as the Bulldogs prepare to race at the 111th IRA National Championships. The Bulldogs are racing a varsity eight, second varsity eight and a varsity four. Racing will take place from May 31 to June 2 on Lake Natoma in Folsom, Calif.

May 20, 2013
Varsity Eight Finishes Fifth at Sprints
The Yale heavyweight crew team had its best finish in five years at the Eastern Sprints on Sunday. Yale’s varsity eight locked in a grand final berth with a solid second-place finish in the heat and came back in the afternoon to finish fifth in the grand final. This marks the best finish for the crew since 2008 where the varsity eight finished fourth. Yale’s other crews raced well all around, with the JV leading both the heat and petite final for the first thousand meters, the 3V making a big turnaround from its heat to the petite final and the four finishing third in its straight final. The Bulldogs were in the hunt in each and every race, and will look to build on these solid performances in two weeks at the IRA.

May 17, 2013
Heavyweights Ready to Commence with Eastern Sprints
While Commencement proceedings will be taking place on campus in New Haven, the men of the Yale heavyweight crew team will be in Worcester, Mass., racing at the 68th Eastern Sprints Regatta. Held as the de facto Ivy League Championships, all eight Ivy League schools along with several other Division I programs from New England, the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Midwest will race on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester in hopes of taking home the title of Eastern Sprints Champions. Racing will take place on Sunday, May 19.

April 27, 2013
Yale Falls to Cornell, Princeton
In its last dual race of the season the Yale heavyweight crew team lost to Cornell and Princeton on Saturday. The Tigers won all three races, including the varsity eight race for the Carnegie Cup, breaking a six-year trend where the trophy has gone to the home team.

April 26, 2013
Bulldogs Host Big Red, Tigers for Carnegie Cup
For the last home race of the season the Yale heavyweight crew team will take on Cornell and Princeton for the Carnegie Cup this Saturday. The Bulldogs are coming off two successful weekends of racing, defending the Olympic Axe against Dartmouth and the Blackwell Cup against Columbia and Penn with wins in the varsity eight. This race will mark the last race before the Eastern Sprints, as well as the last race on the Housatonic River for the team’s six seniors.

April 20, 2013
Yale Wins Fourth Straight Blackwell Cup
The Yale heavyweight crew team defended the Blackwell Cup for the fourth consecutive year with wins against Columbia and Penn in the varsity eight on Saturday. The cup went to the winner of the varsity eight race, where the Bulldogs finished first by a margin of more than six seconds. Yale’s four also won its race, defeating Penn’s four by more than 11 seconds. Yale’s second and third varsity eights each finished in second place by narrow margins.

April 18, 2013
Big Test for Heavyweights in Philly
For its second away race of the season the Yale heavyweight crew team will travel to Philadelphia this weekend to race against Columbia and Penn for the Blackwell Cup. For the most part the Bulldogs are 1-1 so far this season, with a loss for Yale’s three eights against Brown on Mar. 29 and a win last weekend over Dartmouth.

April 13, 2013
Bulldogs Retain Olympic Axe
Racing at home on the Housatonic River the Yale heavyweight crew team defeated Dartmouth in four out of four races on Saturday morning. In flat conditions the Bulldogs defended their home course and will keep the Olympic Axe for another year.

April 12, 2013
Heavyweights Host Dartmouth for Olympic Axe
The Yale heavyweight crew team will have its first of two home races this Saturday, racing against Dartmouth for the Olympic Axe. This is the second race of the season for the heavyweights and the first in a trio of dual races that will fall on back-to-back weekends.

March 29, 2013
Yale Falls to Brown in Season Opener
The first outing of the season for both the Yale and Brown heavyweight crew teams saw extremely close racing on the Seekonk River on Friday morning. Unfortunately the Bulldogs came away victorious in only one of four races against the Bears, winning the four with coxswain. Despite quick starts and early leads in each of Yale’s other eights races, it was Brown who defended their home course on all three accounts. The day closed with a fiercely contested varsity eight race where just 1.5 seconds separated Yale from Brown.

March 28, 2013
Bulldogs Bound for Providence to Take On Bears
The Yale heavyweight crew team will open its season against Brown on the Seekonk River in Providence, R.I., this Friday. The Bulldogs and the Bears will each send three eights and a four, culminating in the varsity eight event on the morning of Mar. 29.

March 24, 2013
Tom Dethlefs ’12 Wins Silver Medal with U.S. Eight at World Cup I
Former Yale heavyweight crew captain Tom Dethlefs ’12 has two medals to show for his first major international regatta with the U.S. Senior National Team. Dethlefs rowed in six-seat of the U.S. eight that won a silver medal at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup on Sunday. Prior to that race, the U.S. eight broke down into fours to race in the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, where Dethlefs’ boat won bronze. Both regattas were part of the “Festival of Rowing” that ran from Mar. 18-24 at the Sydney International Regatta Center in Penrith, the site of the rowing events for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

March 22, 2013
Heavyweights Ready for Spring Racing Season
After seven months of hard training since the school year began, the spring racing season is finally here for the Yale heavyweight crew team. The crew has just finished a stretch of double sessions over Yale’s two-week spring break and will soon be in the midst of the spring racing season, ready to cash in on all the hard work the team has put in over the winter. This year the Bulldogs have the usual lineup of four dual races, followed by the Eastern Sprints, IRA National Championships, and this year finishing with the Yale-Harvard Regatta.

March 17, 2013
Dethlefs ‘12 to Race in U.S. Eight at World Cup
Since graduating last May, former Yale heavyweight crew captain Tom Dethlefs ’12 (Lawrenceville, N.J.) has wasted no time advancing his rowing career. Dethlefs rowed in the U.S. eight that won a gold medal at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships last July, and rowed as part of the U.S. Senior National Team entry in the championship eight at the 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta in October. Now in his first race representing the U.S. at the international level, Dethlefs will race with the U.S. men’s eight at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup from Mar. 22-24 at the Sydney International Regatta Center in Penrith, Australia.

October 21, 2012
Fall Racing Wraps Up at Head of the Charles
The Yale heavyweight crew team had two boats racing on Sunday at the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Racing in the championship four and the championship eight the Bulldogs finished 15th and 13th, respectively. Those results follow on the heavyweights’ stellar performance Saturday in the club eight where Yale finished second. This regatta marks the end of a short fall racing season for the Bulldogs, but the team will continue to train hard until the spring racing season kicks off next March against Brown.

October 20, 2012
Club Eight Finishes Second at Head of the Charles
The Yale heavyweights had a strong start to the Head of the Charles on Saturday. The Bulldogs took second in the club eight, an event that 38 crews entered. This result is the best finish for Yale in the club eight since 2009 when the Bulldogs won the event.

October 19, 2012
Heavyweights Bound for Head of the Charles
This weekend the Yale heavyweight crew team will race in the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The Bulldogs will field crews in three categories: a club eight, a championship four and a championship eight, with each crew starting according to its finish at last year’s Head of the Charles.

October 7, 2012
Olympians Honored with Two Rowing Shells
Following the Head of the Housatonic Regatta on Saturday, the Yale heavyweight and women’s crew teams dedicated two boats to their respective alumni that competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer.

October 6, 2012
Heavyweights Open Season at Head of the Housatonic
The Yale heavyweight crew team had its first outing of the year on Saturday. Competing at the Head of the Housatonic, the Bulldogs threw together some scratch lineups for five eights and two fours, allowing the entire squad to get some valuable racing experience early in the season.

October 5, 2012
Olympians Share Experiences in Panel Discussion
Six out of the seven Yale grads that competed at the 2012 Olympic Games shared their experiences in a panel discussion at the Law School Auditorium on Thursday night. Rowers Ashley Brzozowicz ’04, Tess Gerrand ’10, Jamie Redman ’08 and Taylor Ritzel ’10 and sailors Sarah Lihan ’10 and Stuart McNay ’05 took turns reflecting on their time in London, both on and off the water. Moderator Ron Vaccaro ‘04, the current Editorial Director for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, led the discussion.

October 4, 2012
Heavyweights Start Season Saturday at Head of the Housatonic
The Yale heavyweight crew team will kick off the 2012-13 racing season this Saturday with a classic, the Head of the Housatonic. This race will be the first step on the road towards the championship regattas of the spring, but this year the team dynamic will be a bit different. At the end of last season the IRA Stewards voted to allow first-year students to race in varsity boats, and as a result, this season the freshman class will not be confined to racing in the freshman eight category. As Steve Gladstone returns for his third year as head coach of Yale heavyweight crew, he now has one big team that is more unified and more competitive than ever.