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Home Slate Begins with Dartmouth Saturday

John Lapides image
John Lapides image

Olympic Axe Race at 8:45 AM

 

YALE LINEUPS


DERBY, Conn. – The home racing season begins this Saturday morning on the Housatonic River. The 2017 edition of Yale Heavyweight rowing gets unveiled at the Gilder Boathouse as the Bulldogs compete with Dartmouth for the Olympic Axe. The action begins with the first varsity heading down the river at 8:45 AM. All the racing can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

 

BULLDOGS

Yale's varsity and JV are coming off second-place finishes at the San Diego Classic last weekend. The Elis were edge in both grand finals by Cal. The Bears and Bulldogs are first and second in the initial USRowing Coaches poll. The two Eli units, which opened the spring season by winning at Brown the last Saturday of March, were about a boat length back of Cal on Mission Bay last Sunday in boats borrowed from their West Coast rival.

 

DARTMOUTH

The Big Green, ranked eighth on the USRowing list, swept Columbia in three races at New Jersey last weekend for the Alumni Cup. In the first varsity race, Dartmouth won by nearly seven seconds, while the margins were increasingly larger from the second varsity to the third. All three Big Green boats raced against Holy Cross later in the day on April 1 and won easily.

 

THE AXE

The Olympic Axe, the prize the two varsity boats are competing for, was first implemented in 2004, and the Elis have taken every trophy handed out.

 

OTHER RACING

The second varsity is slated for a 9:15 start, while the third (9:45) and fourth (10:00) follow. The first race of the day is 7:15 because the heavyweights are not the only ones on the river Saturday. The Yale lightweights (MIT, Georgetown) and women (Dartmouth, Penn) are also racing.

 

USRowing Coaches Heavyweight Men's Varsity Eight Poll

Rank

Team

1

University of California, Berkeley (10)

2

Yale University

3

University of Washington (5)

4

Harvard University

5

Princeton University

6

Boston University

7

Brown University

8

Dartmouth University

9

Northeastern University

10

University of Wisconsin

11

Stanford University

12

Cornell University

13

Navy

14

Columbia University

15

Syracuse University

16

University of Pennsylvania

17

George Washington University

18

Oregon State University

19

Florida Institute of Technology

20

Drexel University

Also receiving votes: Georgetown University, Hobart, St. Joseph's University, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, Santa Clara

Voting Coaches: Mike Irwin (St. Joseph's), Geoff Bond (Penn), Craig Amerkhanian (Stanford), Rob Friedrich (Navy), Jim Barr (Holy Cross), Mark Davis (George Washington), Scott Alwin (Columbia), Todd Kennett (Cornell), Paul Cooke (Brown), Phil Schmehl (Marietta), Wyatt Allen (Dartmouth), Paul Bugenhagen (Hobart), Mike Callahan (Washington), John Pojednic (Northeastern), Greg Hughes (Princeton)

 
 

By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – steven.conn@yale.edu