Bulldogs Look to Defend Blackwell Cup This Weekend
NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale heavyweights will look to make it three in a row this weekend when they host Columbia and Penn to compete for the Blackwell Cup. The trophy, which Yale has won the past five years in a row, will be contested this Saturday, Apr. 19. This will be Yale's third and final race at home this spring. The Bulldogs' varsity and second varsity have crossed the finish line first in both of their previous tests this year, and the third varsity is coming off a win last weekend, making their record 1-1.
Last weekend the heavyweights hosted Dartmouth as the two teams competed for the Olympic Axe. In its 10th year being raced for, Yale once again claimed the Axe, as it has since its beginnings. The Bulldogs swept the Big Green last weekend, with the varsity finishing 12 seconds out in front.
This will be the second weekend in a row that Penn and Columbia will line up on the racecourse, as last weekend they both raced Princeton on the Schuylkill for the 104th Childs Cup. Princeton claimed the cup when its varsity eight finished almost 10 seconds of Penn. Columbia finished in last, as was the case for the rest of the races they competed in that day. The second varsity competition was won by Penn and the third varsity taken by Princeton.
The Blackwell Cup, one of rowing's largest trophies, is awarded in honor of George Engs Blackwell, an 1880 graduate of Columbia. Since Columbia, Penn and Yale started racing for the cup in 1927, Yale has won the most with a total of 41 times, including two years ago when the Bulldogs raced on the new course in Overpeck Park. In recent years Penn and Yale have traded the trophy back and forth almost exclusively, up until 2008 when Columbia won for the first time in 67 years. The Bulldogs have won the Blackwell Cup since 2010 when the race was last held on the Schuylkill River, and this year the Bulldogs hope to retain the trophy.
9:00AM- Varsity Eights
9:40 AM- Second Varsity Eights
10:20AM- Third Varsity Eights
Family and friends in the area can plan on watching the race from the Gilder Boathouse at 280 Roosevelt Dr., in Derby, Conn.
Report filed by Ari Zimmet '16, Yale Sports Publicity.