Bulldogs Defend Olympic Axe

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

DERBY, Conn.- The Yale heavyweight crew won the Olympic Axe for the tenth year straight in its annual bout with Dartmouth's boats. Earlier this morning on the Housatonic River, the Bulldogs boated three crews in three different races, winning each contest and ending the morning with more shirts than they started with.


The first race of the morning, between the second varsities, ended more dramatically than the first varsity, as Yale defeated Dartmouth by a margin of three seconds.  The second varsity finished with a time of 5:41.6.


"We kept calm and rowed a composed, coherent race. Full credit to the boys," said sophomore Ed Reeves, who helped the second varsity secure the win.


The competition between the varsities was much less dramatic, as Yale took the win by crossing the finish line twelve seconds in front of the Big Green.  The Bulldogs went up early and were able to build their lead as they executed their race plan down the course.  They finished with a time of 5:27.6.


The Bulldogs went on to win the third and final race of the day, as their third boat came in two seconds in front of Dartmouth's third varsity and 12 seconds in front of Dartmouth's fourth varsity.  The Bulldogs' third varsity finished in 5:47.7.


The Bulldogs remain undefeated after two races in their spring campaign.  While the season is still young, they have built on their progress and now posses some momentum that will hopefully carry them through the next two weekends of racing.  Next weekend, the team will race Penn and Columbia at home for the Blackwell Cup, hoping to retain the prize after winning it in Philadelphia last year.  The contest will be on the morning of Apr. 19.


Report filed by Ari Zimmet '16, Yale Sports Publicity.