Lightweights Take First Place at Housatonic

Bulldogs Win the Pairs, Take Third Place in the Fours, Fourth in the Eights


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale lightweight crew team began its fall season with the Head of the Housatonic regatta on Saturday Oct 10. The Bulldogs took first, second, fourth, sixth, ninth and tenth place in the Men's Open Pairs. They took fourth, seventh and ninth place in the Collegiate Men's Eights. Meanwhile the Elis took third, fifth and ninth place in the Collegiate Men's fours and third place in the Men's Novice Eights.

It was a tough day of racing for the Elis, as a powerful wind made conditions difficult for everyone. Though they came up with a victory in the pairs, the team is looking at this first race of the season as a tune-up.

"This is very much like a spring training game," said Head Coach Andrew Card. "We will be looking to make some technical changes and adjustments so as to improve. Of course, one of our metrics is victory in even the smallest competition. We want to win every race, full stop. If we don't do that, we have to really develop the situation. We didn't win every race today, so yeah, we're digesting that. But I did find out some stuff for this week that I didn't know waking up this morning, and that's cool."

However, though the lightweights did not win every race today, Coach Card was satisfied with the effort and fitness levels of his rowers.

"I've felt good about our week leading into the regatta," he said. "We've been making progress and the guys have been willing and eager to get on with the tasks at hand. So while we're not exactly happy with Saturday, I am happy with Friday, and Thursday, and Wednesday. Improvement in rowing can be measured through many separate metrics, and we are meeting most of ours. Clearly not there yet, but all days are important, and while this day was called a 'race' and not a total success, other days are just as important, especially in the early season, and those have been successes. In the long run, you want to have many more good days than bad, and for us I believe that's happening."

Full results can be found here.

The lightweights will continue their fall season next weekend with the Head of the Charles.

 

Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity