Bulldogs Defend Joy Cup, Sneak Past Georgetown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On Saturday, Apr. 10, the Yale lightweight crew team won all five of the races in which it participated. The annual meeting with MIT for possession of the Joy Cup was hosted by the Engineers on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. Georgetown is an invited guest at the Joy Cup, and the Hoyas participated in every race. Despite difficult conditions on the water, the Elis pulled out wins in the Third Varsity Fours, the Second Freshman race, the Second Varsity race, the Freshman race and the Varsity race.
All three teams experienced difficult conditions on the Charles River, battling through 15 mph winds despite the early 7 am start to the regatta. As a result of the hazardous conditions on the water, due to concern about the safety of the rowers, the Third Varsity race was shortened to just 1000 meters.
The Varsity race was very closely contested between Yale and Georgetown, but in the end the Bulldogs managed to pull ahead, winning by a margin of just .89 seconds. The Elis' final time was 6:53.55, the Hoyas finished in 6:54.44 and the Engineers posted a final time of 7:11.30. In all other races, Yale enjoyed a much more comfortable margin of victory.
Full results can be found here.
The Bulldogs will race Columbia for the Dodge Cup next weekend.
Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity