NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After defeating Penn and Columbia last weekend at home in both the varsity and second varsity races, the Yale lightweight crew, currently ranked No. 3 nationally, faces a pair of tests this Saturday on the Housatonic River. In the morning, the Bulldogs will race Cornell and Delaware before squaring off against Dartmouth for the Durand Cup. With two races scheduled for one day, the lightweights will use Saturday as a preparation for the Eastern Sprints, which consist of prelims in the morning and finals in the afternoon.
Cornell raced for the first time last weekend at home against Princeton, with its fourth-ranked varsity eight falling to the Tigers by 3.1 seconds. The Big Red also lost the second varsity race by 2.5 seconds, but it defeated Princeton in both the third varsity and first freshman races, winning by 11.6 and 2.6 seconds respectively.
Delaware was off last weekend after its race with Georgetown and Navy was cancelled due to severe conditions on the Potomac. The Blue Hens, whose varsity eight is ranked seventh nationally, are the only non-EARC crew currently ranked in the top 10, but they have proved themselves against the nation's top lightweight league so far this year. Delaware's varsity eight has notched victories over Penn and Columbia this year, while its freshman eight defeated Harvard.
Dartmouth's eighth-ranked varsity eight lost narrowly to No. 2 Harvard last weekend, losing by only 1.9 seconds on the Charles River. Its second varsity maintained contact with the Crimson as well, losing by only 2.8 seconds. Additionally, the Big Green will be looking to settle the score from last year's Durand Cup, which ending in an unusual dead heat, with both Yale and Dartmouth crossing the finish line in 5:31.6.
Racing with Cornell and Delaware is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. The afternoon racing with Dartmouth is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. but is subject to change due to forecasts of high wind and a heavy chop.
Tentative Racing Schedule
vs. Dartmouth and Delaware
8:00 a.m. 1F
8:20 a.m. 1V
8:40 a.m. 2V
9:00 a.m. 3V
3:00 p.m. 4V/2F Exhibition
3:20 p.m. 3V
3:40 p.m. 1F
4:00 p.m. 2V
4:20 p.m. 1V-The Durand Cup
Report Filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity