CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Yale men's lightweight crew team finished first among all collegiate crews in the Men's Lightweight Fours event at the Head of the Charles regatta in Cambridge, Mass., this past weekend. Yale had two entries in the event and the Bulldogs took fourth and sixth places, separated only by perennial foe Navy. The lightweights also finished sixth in the Men's Lightweight Eights.
In the Lightweight Fours, Yale finished in fourth place with a time of 17:28.655, only two seconds behind Don Rowing Club's winning time of 17:26.637. Along with second and third place finishers, Riverside Boat Club and New York Athletic Club, the top four crews were separated by only two seconds, in what was a very tight race over the course of 17 minutes.
In the Lightweight Eight, Yale started in ninth place and moved up three spots to finish sixth with a time of 15:55.939. New York Athletic Club won the event with a time of 15:28.295, followed by Princeton, Navy, Georgetown and Cornell.
"We moved up a couple of spots, so that was a positive step," noted head coach Andrew Card. "We are making progress, and every time we go out there, I learn a little bit more--be it about lineups or about things that individual guys can work on."
The lightweights also had a second entry in the Lightweight Eights comprised of only freshmen. The boat moved up one position from its starting spot and finished with a time of 16:38.716.
"For the freshmen, it was their first experience out there," said coach Card, "and I think it was a fun experience for them."
Overall, coach Card is optimistic about what he is seeing so far.
"There were pretty extreme conditions out there on Sunday," he said, "so it was hard to accurately measure how the guys performed, but it was the same for everyone and I'm sure none of the crews thought they performed at their absolute best. The important thing is that we did pretty good, we've got lots to work on, and we're looking for continual improvement. But it was certainly fun to see the snow come down in October during the race."
Aside from the Y150 squad's actual performance in the regatta, another point of note was the high number of alumni participating in the race. Yale managed to put several alumni eights on the water, and after Harvard, Yale had the highest number of rowers participating in the regatta with 28.
"I want to thank the Alumni Association for sending so many boats," said coach Card. "We were very appreciative of the chance to see them race and to interact with the guys and I think that is a big part of the charm of the regatta."
Full race results can be found here.
The lightweights will continue their season next weekend with the Princeton Three-Mile Chase.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity