Princeton, N.J. - The Yale lightweight crew team won two of its five races against Navy, in the seventh annual installation of the Johnson Cup. The races were held on Saturday, Apr. 3, on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The Bulldogs won the Second Varsity Eight and the Third Varsity Eight races, but fell in the Second Freshman Eight, the First Freshman Eight, and the Varsity Eight. Yale's loss in the varsity race gave Navy the Johnson Cup for the first time in the last three years.
In the first race of the day, the Second Freshman Eight race, Navy pulled out a comfortable win, beating Yale with a time of 6:04.0. Yale finished in 6:14.8. In the Third Varsity Eight race, the Bulldogs finished ahead of Navy with a final time of 5:52.7. The Midshipmen finished in 5:56.1. In the First Freshman Eight race, Navy narrowly defeated Yale with a time of 5:49.1. Yale finished in 5:51.3. In the Second Varsity Eight race, Yale was able to cruise to victory with a time of 5:48.8, almost five seconds ahead of Navy. Finally, in a closely contested Varsity race, Navy edged out Yale with a time of 5:39.8. Yale finished in 5:41.3.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will continue their season against MIT and Georgetown. The race against MIT will determine the winner of the Joy Cup.
Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity