Heavyweights Ready to Commence with Eastern Sprints
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
"These past weeks have been very productive, away from the distractions back on campus," said captain Jon Morgan. "We are all excited about the races on Sunday.
Earlier this season the Bulldogs won two and lost two in dual races. The team started off with close losses to Brown in Providence (except for the four, which won its race against the Bears), followed by a sweep of Dartmouth at home. The team then hit the road to race against Columbia and Penn, where the Bulldogs captured the Blackwell Cup with a decisive wins in the varsity eight and the four, while suffering close losses in the second and third varsity eights. The dual season ended with losses to Cornell and Princeton for the Carnegie Cup, but since then the Bulldogs have had several weeks to step up their training and prepare for the Sprints.
Racing will begin for the Bulldogs on Sunday morning with the varsity four race at 8:16 a.m. Yale is racing in a straight final with BU, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Northeastern and Syracuse. Last year Yale won its fours race by more than 12 seconds at the Sprints and every time the Bulldogs have raced a four this year they have pulled off a win.
The next race is the third varsity eight race, where Yale is racing in the third of three heats at 9:12 a.m. The Bulldogs are going up against Columbia, Navy and Northeastern. Two will advance to the grand final at 2:06 p.m.
In the JV heats Yale is racing in the second heat at 10:48 a.m. Here the Bulldogs are going up against a group of unknowns including BU, Harvard, Holy Cross, GW and Navy, none of whom Yale has seen in dual racing so far this season. If the Bulldogs finish in the top two they will race in the grand final at 4:18 p.m.
Finally Yale will race in the second of three varsity eight heats at 11:24 a.m. To make the grand final the Bulldogs will have to finish in the top two against Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, MIT and Northeastern. The grand final is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
All of Sunday's racing will be available to watch via live stream here.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity