Lightweights to Race for National Title

Yale's first varsity eight. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale's first varsity eight. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After three weeks of hard training following a third-place finish at the Eastern Sprints, the Yale lightweight crew team travels to Camden, N.J., this weekend to race at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship on the Cooper River. In the varsity lightweight eight, Yale's performance over the course of the season earned the Bulldogs a spot in the seven-boat final that will determine the national champion. The race, which will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, features Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, Navy, Penn, Princeton and Yale. The Bulldogs are currently ranked third in the country behind No. 1 Princeton and No. 2 Harvard. Yale's probable lineup is Greg Hausheer, Noah McColl, Rich Littlehale, William Zeng, Jeremy Hopkins, John Grunyk, Brendan McCook, Andrew Hakanson and coxswain Stephen Dobeck.

A boat comprised of lightweight oarsmen will also compete in the heavyweight varsity coxed four event, which will begin with heats on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Also in Yale's heat is Drexel, Holy Cross, Loyola (Md.), Temple, and Wisconsin. Should the Bulldogs finish in the top two, they will advance to the semifinals on Friday. Otherwise, they will race again in a repechage held Thursday afternoon. The probable lineup is Michael Jonas, Michael LeFevour, Colin Corcoran, Adam Lukasiewicz and coxswain Regina DeLuna.

Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity