November 19, 2008

One More to Go For Heavyweight Crews

Nov. 19, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Game won't be the only time Yale and Harvard will meet this weekend. Yale's heavyweight crews, too, head to Boston, Mass. this Saturday and will race at the Foot of the Charles Regatta. This race will mark the end of the Bulldogs' fall season that saw its first race back in early October. The Nov. 22 regatta takes place on the Charles the same day as the 125th edition of The Game is contested in Cambridge, Mass. Appropriately, one of Yale's biggest rivals at the regatta will be Harvard.

The event serves primarily to showcase each participating team's freshman eights. The Yale eight of Robert Macmillan (stroke), Benjamin Bowles (seven), Jonathan Martin (six), Thomas Dethlefs (five), Joseph Alagna (four), Keith Pfirrman (three), Django Broer-Hellermann (two), Patrick O'Malley (bow) and Morgan Welch (coxswain) will race together for just the second time this fall. Their win at the Princeton Chase on Oct. 26 was the crew's first race in an eight. They will face strong competition from other Ivy League schools like Harvard and Brown.

Yale will also send members of the varsity squad to race in the varsity fours. Four varsity fours will race in what promises to be a very competitive event.

The Foot of the Charles course covers approximately 2.5 miles of the Charles River, with the MIT Pierce Boathouse serving as the start line and Harvard's Newell Boathouse marking the finish. Fans in Boston for The Game are encouraged to cheer on their fellow Bulldogs along the course. But let them be warned: like many things related to rowing, this race will take place early in the morning. 8:30 a.m. is when racing begins.

The conclusion of the regatta will mark the beginning of winter training for the Bulldogs. The team will be back on the water, weather permitting, before they head to Lake Lure, N.C., for spring training on Mar. 7. Yale's first race of the spring will be against Brown in Providence, R.I., on Mar. 28, 2009.

Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity