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Yale Takes 4th Straight EARC Title

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Bulldogs Capture Rowe Cup


WORCESTER, Mass. – It has been 41 years since a heavyweight crew has won four consecutive EARC Sprints. Yale has now accomplished that after another impressive performance at Worcester on a Mother's Day that included the Bulldogs taking the Rowe Cup for overall team performance.


The last team to win four straight titles was Harvard from 1974-1977. 


Today's racing marks an important moment in Yale Crew history. The results are the best in recent memory. The Rowe Cup, based off of points derived from the 1V, 2V and 3V races, was awarded to Yale (39 points), with Princeton in second (35 points) and Harvard in third (32 points). Yale enters the next two races, the IRA National Championships and the Yale-Harvard Regatta, as the fastest overall program from the East.


The Varsity 8, as both defending National and Sprints champions, won gold during today's racing with a dominant performance. When the flag dropped, the Elis exploded off the start and quickly established their lead. By the 1000, Yale was bow to stern over Princeton and Brown. During the last 1000, Yale cleared open and sprinted to the finish, half a length open over Harvard.


The second and third varsity boats both fought fiercely to the line. The 2V entered the weekend ranked third, and triumphed by two seconds over Harvard in the heat. Coming back for the Grand Final, the 2V went after top ranked Princeton. At 500 in, Yale, Princeton, and Northeastern were out in front and by the 1000, Princeton had pulled slightly ahead. After a strong sprint, Yale claimed silver, a seat down from Princeton. 


The 3V, after a close race last year, arrived at Sprints hungry for a win. Entering as the top ranked crew, the Bulldogs were confident, going head to head with Princeton. By the 1000, Yale and Princeton were the clear leaders. Yale kept its composure during the sprint and won gold two seats in front of the Tigers.


Seth Bartlett '19, who rowed for the 3V, was ecstatic after the racing. He said, "the 3V has not won this race in a long long time. We came here with one job and we did it. For all of us, it's a great day to be a member of the Heavyweight Crew Team."


The 4V won bronze behind Princeton and Harvard. This boat has continued to show tremendous improvement over the years. Finishing on the podium demonstrates the squad's depth.


For the first time in many years, Yale fielded a 5V boat. The boat has worked hard throughout the season and finished 7th in what marks the final sprint race for this crew.


Worcester's Lake Quinsigamond, notorious for windy and choppy conditions, was reletively tame today. As Assistant Coach Sam Baum remarked, "to have flat conditions like this... that's all you can ask for as a coach, fair conditions so you can see where you stack up against your competition on the day." 


The IRA National Championships take place during the first weekend of June.




(showing top three finishers, full results can be found here)

First Varsity

Yale - 5:54.7

Harvard - 5:58.1

Brown - 5:58.2


Second Varsity

Princeton - 5:58.8

Yale - 5:59.4

Brown - 6:03.6


Third Varisty

Yale - 5:48.6

Princeton - 5:49.2

Harvard - 5:54.4


Fourth Varsity 

Princeton - 5:53.9

Harvard - 5:58.0

Yale - 6:00.1


Fifth Varsity 

Yale finished 7th in 6:19.9




Cox. Vlad Saigau

8. Sholto Carnegie

7. Leonard Jenkins

6. Cole Tilden

5. Charlie Elwes

4. Paul Jacquot

3. Thomas Beck

2. Thomas Digby

1. Jack Lopas



Cox. Woods Connell

8.  Andrin Gulich

7. Kevin Kiernan

6. Jonathan Winter

5. Garth Holden

4. Nicholas Helms

3. Orlando Nixon

2. Freddie Elwes

1. Matteo Sandrelli



Cox. Thomas Fant

8. Angus Morrison

7. Thomas Bischoff

6. Alex Julicher

5. Bryan DeVries

4. Will Powers

3. Daire Lynch

2. Edgar Staunton

1. Seth Bartlett



Cox. Katherine Hofmann 

8.  Lucas Peilert

7. Andrew Joyce

6. Bobby Jahrling

5. Jack Morton

4. Henry Kamp

3. Alex Jeremijenko

2. Jack Palmer

1. Alex Lindsay



Cox. Sofia Kane

8. Magruder Dent

7. Louis Abrassard

6. Nicholas Religa

5. Liam Sherif

4. Forrest Simpson

3. Peter Zablocki

2. Collett Preston

1. Nikita Kvasniov


By Izak Epstein '19, Sports Publicity Assistant. You can contact him at