PRINCETON, N.J.- The Bulldogs' first boat was able to beat both Princeton and Cornell this morning on the Tigers' home course and won back the Carnegie Cup, a prize they have not claimed since 2010. It was the final race of the morning, between the varsity crews that decided the winner of the trophy. The two earlier races of the day did not end as favorably for Yale, whose second and third boats finished second and third respectively. This race marks the end of the team's dual-racing season and was its final test of speed before the heavily anticipated championship season.
The first race of the day was between the third varsity boats. Cornell was able to claim first place with Princeton coming in two seconds behind and Yale behind them by another two seconds. The Bulldogs finished the course in a time of 6:28.3.
The second race featured the second varsity and was won comfortably by the Tigers. The Bulldogs came in about six seconds back, with a time of 6:19.8, and Cornell finished after them.
The most highly anticipated race of the day between the varsities ended the morning of racing. Both Yale and Princeton started quickly, with Cornell falling back after the first five strokes. The Elis got out in front of Princeton and stayed there for the entirety of the 2,000-meter course, extending their lead to portions of open water. Towards the end of the race the Tigers were able to close the gap slightly, but were unable to pull even with the Bulldogs.
"It was a very solid race," said senior captain Zachary Johnson, who rowed with the varsity in their win this morning. "We executed exactly as we wanted and held down a powerful base. We now have three weeks of training before Eastern Sprints and will pick up even more speed moving forward."
Improvement and a hunger for more speed has been a consistent goal for the Bulldogs this year. While it is notable that the varsity has not yet lost a race, it is certainly not what anyone is focused on. The team will be able to hone in even more on their training in the coming weeks. The heavyweights will finish their final exams in early May and travel as a squad to their compound in historical Gales Ferry. There, they will train, eat, and recover together with no distractions.
The Bulldogs will next race in Worcester, Mass., at the Eastern Sprints, on May 18.
Second Varsity Eights
Third Varsity Eights
Report filed by Ari Zimmet '16, Yale Sports Publicity.