BOSTON – 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.
On Saturday the heavyweights had a crew entered in the club eight event. The lineup of Philippe Mastroyannis (stroke), Grant Stegelmann (seven), Robert Michel (six), Ron Taitz (five), Ed Reeves (four), Grant Olscamp (three), Lyon Van Voorhis (two), Emery Schoenly (bow) and Chris Carothers (coxswain) finished second in a field of 38 total crews. The Bulldogs started sixth and passed two boats along the way. Racing in excellent conditions, the Yale club eight posted a time of 14:58.08.
Sunday's first Yale boat to race was a championship four of Lawrence Lopez-Menzies (stroke), Harry Picone (three), Ian Suvak (two), Max Knapp (bow) and Campbell Schnebly-Swanson (coxswain) that finished 15th out of 19 crews in the event. Yale's four finished in a time of 17:58.453; Stanford won the event with a time of 16:50.385.
The championship eight was next to race, starting with bow number 16 of 28 crews. The lineup of Owen Symington (stroke), Adam Smith (seven), Clemens Barth (six), Simon Keenan (five), Hubert Trzybinski (four), Zachary Johnson (three), Jon Morgan (two), Tom Lynam (bow) and Oliver Fletcher (coxswain) got off to a great start, coming past Riverside Boat Club with a time of 3:28.824. Yale's split was the seventh-fastest time through this first checkpoint.
At the next checkpoint coming past Harvard's Weld Boathouse the Bulldogs clocked in at 8:23.499 to put them at about 12th place. Yale's time through the last checkpoint at Cambridge Boat Club Yale was 12:39.251, meaning the Bulldogs put up a fairly consistent split for that third leg of the course. Yale then struggled to get a clean line through Eliot Bridge but once clear the crew rallied. The Bulldogs finished in a total time of 15:13.334 for 13th place, a marked improvement over last year.
The champ eight event was won by Washington with a time of 14:37.271, followed by one of Harvard's three eights with a time of 14:42.350 and Cal in third with a time of (14:47.239). The so-called "Great Eight" of Olympic scullers racing as Tideway Scullers finished fourth with a time of 14:48.536. USRowing had a national team eight racing in the event that included several Olympians from this summer, as well as former Yale captain Tom Dethlefs '12. The U.S. crew posted a time of 15:07.511 but was relegated to last place after receiving three minutes worth of penalties for not yielding to Washington as the Huskies tried to pass.
As they have in years past the Bulldogs will the make the Head of the Charles their last stop, and so this weekend marks the last race for Yale in 2012. Racing will resume on Mar. 23 when the Bulldogs race against Brown in Providence.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity