NEW HAVEN, Conn – In a series of races that will feature six undefeated crews between three of the nation's preeminent lightweight rowing programs, the Yale lightweights will travel to the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass., to contest Harvard and Princeton for the Goldthwait and Vogel Cups on Saturday. The Goldthwait Cup will be awarded to the winner of the varsity eight and a point system used to calculate overall team supremacy determines the winner of the Vogel Cup.
At last year's HYP Regatta, Yale opened the day with a pair of victories in the second freshman and third varsity eights before falling in the final three races. Harvard used a dramatic 0.7-second victory over Princeton in the first varsity, along with a win in the first freshman eight, to capture both the Goldthwait and Vogel Cups. The win capped an undefeated regular season for the Crimson, but Harvard would later fall to Princeton at both the Eastern Sprints and IRA Championship while Yale would earn the Sprints bronze medal right on the heels of the Crimson.
This year's varsity eights should be equally competitive, with the three crews currently ranked first, second, and third in the EARC seeding poll. No. 1 Princeton and No. 2 Harvard are without a loss in 2011, while Yale suffered its only defeat on the back end of last Saturday's doubleheader, falling to No. 4 Dartmouth by 2.7 seconds. Yale is currently ranked fourth nationally in the USRowing Collegiate Poll and third in this week's EARC seeding poll.
The second varsity eights look to be similarly close. Harvard and Princeton are undefeated and currently ranked first and fourth, respectively, while Yale is ranked third, its only loss coming at the hands of No. 2 Cornell last weekend.
Two Yale crews enter the regatta undefeated and ranked atop the EARC seeding poll. Yale's third varsity eight will face a pair of one-loss crews from Harvard and Princeton, while the first freshman eights from Harvard and Princeton are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
Schedule of Racing
7:24 a.m. 2F
7:48 a.m. 3V
8:12 a.m. 1F
8:36 a.m. 2V
9:12 a.m. 1V – The Goldthwait Cup
Report Filed by Yale Sports Publicity