Varsity Eight to Race to San Diego

April 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Bulldogs' varsity eight will head to San Diego, Calif., to race in the 36th San Diego Crew Classic on April 4 and 5. The result will serve as an early indicator of the team's standing against crews it does not race until Sprints or IRAs including Washington, Cal, Stanford and archrival Harvard. Last year's appearance at the Classic was a first in recent memory for the varsity eight.

Over 3,500 athletes from more than 100 clubs, universities and colleges from across the United States will be participating in this premier rowing event. The two-day event will take place at the Crown Point Shores Park in Mission Bay San Diego. The race begins near Sea World and heads North along Mission Bay for 2,000 meters, finishing at Crown Points Shores.

On day one of the 2008 Classic, Yale raced to a strong second-place finish in the qualifying heats. The Bulldogs came in just .31 seconds behind powerhouse Cal. In third place and .47 seconds behind Yale came Northeastern. Ivy League rivals Princeton and Penn came in fourth and fifth, respectively. Yale's varsity closed out its three-day trip to San Diego with a tough seventh-place finish in an extremely competitive grand final. It was a disappointing finish for the Bulldogs, who after the previous day's performance seemed well poised for a top-three finish. This year's regatta offers the Bulldogs a second chance they will gladly take.

This year's varsity entry in the Copley Cup will be composed of sophomore Derek Johnson (stroke), senior Andrew Collard (seven), senior Pieter Morgan (six), junior Lucas Spielfogel (five), sophomore Matthew Ramlow (four), junior James Tormey (three), junior Henry Cole (two), sophomore Marcos Carzolio (bow) and junior Rebecca Burgoyne-Allen (coxswain).

Yale will race in the second preliminary heat in lane three at 8:40 a.m. PST against Cal, Stanford, Princeton and Michigan. The other heat will see defending champions Washington take on Brown, Harvard, Syracuse, OSU and Purdue. The full schedule can be found here.

Live video coverage of the races can be found on the Crew Classic website, here.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity