NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three weeks after a bronze-medal finish at the Eastern Sprints, the Yale lightweight varsity eight travels to the IRA National Championship on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. Competing for the national title will be the top seven finishers from the Eastern Sprints as well as Mercyhurst, the top lightweight crew at the Dad Vail Regatta. At the Sprints, Yale led with 750 meters remaining in the race before being passed by Harvard and Dartmouth.
In order to reach the grand final and earn the right to race for the national title, Yale must finish in the top three of its heat, which will be held at 7:33 a.m. on Saturday. The Bulldogs will race Dartmouth, Navy, and Columbia. Three crews will also advance from the 7:21 a.m. heat of Harvard, Princeton, Cornell and Mercyhurst. Should Yale advance, the grand final will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.
Yale returns three members—juniors Greg Hausheer and seniors Andrew Hakanson and William Zeng—from last year's varsity eight, which placed third at Eastern Sprints and fourth at IRA's. The Bulldogs will be looking to improve on last year's IRA performance, in which they finished about a length behind national champion Princeton.
In addition to the varsity eight, the lightweights will field a pair of coxed fours at IRA's. One four will race in the new Lightweight Four event, which will feature five crews in a final-only affair on Saturday at 8:21 a.m. The Bulldogs will face crews from Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Navy.
Yale's other four will race in the Open Fours, a heavyweight event in which in crew must feature at least one freshman and at least one upperclassman oarsman. The open four will open its regatta in a Thursday heat at 10:30 a.m. One crew will advance from Yale's heat of four, while the other three crews will be sent to the repechage. The Bulldogs will race Harvard, Cornell and Brown.
A live video stream of this year's regatta will be available online. Four cameras – two on the water, one on top of the Camden County Boathouse and one at the finish line – will be providing live coverage of every race over all three days. Live audio is also available here or over the phone at (508) 534-7389. Additionally, for those who can make it to race the ECAC will be setting up two wi-fi hotspots in the Alumni Tent Village. Spectators with laptop computers or other web-enabled devices will be able to access the live video stream (and see the first 1,500 meters of the race) with an authorized link.
Regatta Broadcast Schedule
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Heavyweight Men's Heats: 8:00 AM – 11:55 AM
Repechages: 2:00 PM – 3:55 PM
Friday, June 3, 2011
Lightweight Women's Heats: 8:30 AM – 9:25 AM
Heavyweight Men's Semifinals: 9:30 AM – 12:40 PM
Lightweight Women's Repechages: 12:45 PM – 1:10 PM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Alumni Race: 7:00 AM
Lightweight Men's Heats: 7:20 AM – 7:40 AM
All Finals: 7:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Report Filed by Yale Sports Publicity