Bulldogs Retain Olympic Axe

Oliver Fletcher. (photo by Don Clark, Yale sports publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

To kick things off Yale had a big win in the third varsity eight.  Yale started a few seats up to account for being on the outside of the turn that comes around the halfway point in the racecourse.  The Bulldogs took a few more seats off the start, keeping their bow ball in front throughout the first half of the race.  Coming around the turn, Yale continued to hold off the Big Green and established an open water margin that would carry them through to the finish. 

Third Varsity Eight 

Yale 5:49.59

Dartmouth 5.55.70 

In the second varsity eight race the Bulldogs had their biggest win of the day.  Lining up in lane two Yale had a clean start and found a good rhythm early in the race.  Coming around the turn the Bulldogs made a big move that helped grow their lead to what was more than ten seconds at the finish line.

Second Varsity Eight

Yale 5:46.00

Dartmouth 5:56.3

The varsity eight race was the only race in which Yale raced in the inside lane and so here the Bulldogs started down at the start.  The Big Green got off the line quick and continued to lead for much of the first half of the race.  By the halfway mark the Bulldogs had pulled even and made a move on the inside of the turn to take a lead.  Dartmouth stayed in contact with Yale for a long time but Yale turned it on in the final moments of the race and finished a length up on the Big Green. 

Varsity Eight 

Yale 5:41.2

Dartmouth 5:43.9

The final race of the day was the varsity four where Yale again started on the outside lane.  The Bulldogs took their lead from the stagger and stretched it out right from the start, ultimately crossing the line more than nine seconds faster than the Dartmouth crew to complete a clean sweep for the Bulldogs. 

Varsity Four

Yale 6:27.0

Dartmouth 6:36.1

The heavyweights will hit the road next weekend, traveling to Philadelphia, Pa., to race against Columbia and Penn on Apr. 20 for the Blackwell Cup. 

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity

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