NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight rowing team won all four events against Georgetown and MIT this morning, with the varsity eight earning the Joy Cup with a 1.1-second victory over the Hoyas. All races saw favorable conditions, with a slight headwind increasing over the course of the day.
Competition opened with the freshman eights, as Yale took an early lead and kept it for the entirety of the race, winning in a time of 6:03.2. Georgetown was 6.5 seconds back, crossing the line with a time of 6:09.7, while MIT finished well back in 6:28.2
In the second varsity eights, Yale raced two boats, finishing first and second. The Yale 2V, starting from the center lane, finished first in 5:52.7. The Yale 3V maintained contact with their teammates for much of the race but fell behind in the last 500 meters, finishing with a time of 5:58.5. Georgetown finished in 6:07.5.
Yale's varsity eight, ranked No. 6 in the nation, was next, winning a hard-fought race with No. 4 Georgetown and No. 11 MIT. Yale had the advantage early, gaining a lead of as much as six to eight seats at the midway point. Georgetown moved into the Bulldogs in the second half, but Yale held on for a 1.1-second win, finishing in 5:53.4. MIT finished in 6:17.1
In the day's final race, Yale's fourth varsity and second freshman combination eight defeated Georgetown and MIT's second freshman eights. Yale finished in 6:28.7, Georgetown finished in 6:43.3, and MIT finished in 6:45.8.
Report Filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity