2011-12 Yale Lightweight Crew News

July 18, 2012
DelGuercio Named Assistant Coach
Ned DelGuercio, a six-time national team member and two-time world rowing champion, has been named an assistant lightweight crew coach at Yale. Head coach Andy Card made the announcement Wednesday.

June 26, 2012
Ferraro Elected Lightweight Captain
The Yale lightweight crew team has elected William Ferraro as its captain for the 2012-2013 season. Ferraro, who sat in four seat of the varsity eight that finished third at the IRA National Championship, succeeds David Walker as the captain of the Y150. Ferraro called his election a “huge honor.”

June 20, 2012
Spring Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy honors in its spring sports, and 10 Yale student athletes were recognized. The 10 men and women were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each Ivy institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.

June 2, 2012
Lightweights Finish Third at National Championships
The Yale lightweight crew teamed earned a bronze medal this afternoon at the IRA National Championships held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. After finishing fourth both three weeks ago at the Eastern Sprints and in the morning heat, the Bulldogs managed to move up one place to finish on the podium.

May 31, 2012
Lightweights Set Sights on IRA National Championships
Coming off a fourth-place finish at Eastern Sprints, the Yale lightweight crew team is looking to improve at the IRA National Championships held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. Competing against the Bulldogs will be the remaining top seven finishers from the Eastern Sprints.

May 13, 2012
No. 5 Yale Set for EARC Sprints
The No. 5 Yale lightweight crew team is getting ready for a big day of races this Sunday, May 13. The Bulldogs will travel to Worcester, Mass. to compete in the EARC sprints. At stake is not only the EARC title, but also the Ivy League Championship, as well as a berth in the IRA National Championship for the top seven finishers. The lightweights will have had two weeks to prepare and improve since their last competition, the HYP regatta.

May 13, 2012
Yale Lightweights Win Jope Cup
Behind first place finishes from the freshmen and second varsity eights, the Yale lightweight crew team won the Jope Cup for overall team supremacy, Sunday, at the EARC Sprints in Worcester, Mass. Coming in ranked first, the freshmen and second varsity eights executed their race plans and won their events. The varsity eight finished in fourth and that was enough for the Bulldogs to claim the Jope Cup for the first time since 2002. It also qualified the Bulldogs for the IRA National Championship later this month.

April 28, 2012
No. 3 Yale to Face No. 1 Harvard, No. 6 Princeton
This Saturday the Yale lightweight crew team will host Harvard and Princeton for the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton regatta. The races, to be held on Yale’s home course on the Housatonic River, in Derby, Conn., have been contested almost every year since 1922. The three crews will be racing for the Goldthwait Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the varsity race, as well as the Vogel Cup, which is awarded to the team with the most overall points.

April 28, 2012
Yale Wins Two but Loses Cups to Harvard
The Yale lightweight crew team had an up-and-down day at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton regatta, held on Yale’s home course on the Housatonic River in Derby, Conn. The Bulldogs finished first in the second varsity and first freshmen races. However, propelled by victories in the varsity, third varsity and second freshmen, Harvard took home the Vogel Cup for overall team dominance, as well as the Goldthwait Cup for its varsity race victory. For the first time, the regatta featured the Freshman Bowl, which was recently donated by the Yale lightweight class of 2011. It was awarded to Yale, the winner of the freshman race. A strong tailwind along with some current led to fast conditions.

April 23, 2012
Live Crew Video Coverage vs. Harvard, Princeton Saturday
The Yale Crew Association has partnered with Community Structure and Stretch Internet to provide free live video coverage of home races in 2012. That includes Saturday’s lightweight race featuring Yale, Harvard and Princeton at 10 a.m. Eastern.

April 21, 2012
Yale Wins Three of Four, but Drops Cup to Dartmouth
The Yale lightweight crew team won three of four races against Dartmouth on the Connecticut River, in Hanover, N.H. However, the Bulldogs fell in the varsity race, allowing Dartmouth to retain the Durand Cup for the second straight year. Captain David Walker was pleased by the team’s performance, but realizes there is still a lot of work to be done.

April 19, 2012
No. 2 Yale Lightweights Look to Reclaim Durand Cup
The No. 2 Yale lightweight crew team is back in action this Saturday, traveling up to Hanover, N.H., to race No. 5 Dartmouth on the Connecticut River. At stake will be the Durand Cup, which has been awarded to the winner of this race annually since 1958. Yale will look at take back the cup, as it fell to Dartmouth in the varsity race last year.

April 14, 2012
Yale Lightweights Win Doubleheader
The No. 2 Yale lightweight crew team prevailed in its double header today, beating No. 6 Columbia and No. 9 Penn in the morning before beating No. 4 Cornell in the afternoon. The varsity eight retained the Dodge Cup with a 2.1 second victory over Columbia. In all, Yale won six of eight races on the day, sweeping the first varsity, second varsity, and first freshmen. The Bulldogs enjoyed great weather and conditions in all races, racing at Columbia’s home course in the morning, before moving to Carnegie Lake in Princeton, N.J. to race Cornell on a neutral site.

April 12, 2012
No. 2 Yale Ready for Doubleheader
After last week’s victory against Georgetown and MIT, the No. 2 Yale lightweight crew team faces a pair of trials this Saturday. In the morning, the Bulldogs will race Penn and Columbia on Overpeck Lake in Ridgefield Park, N.J. for the Dodge Cup before meeting Cornell in the afternoon on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. Yale has held onto the Dodge Cup in 32 of the last 34 years, including the last eight years.

April 7, 2012
Yale Lightweights defend Joy Cup, Take Down Georgetown, MIT
The Yale lightweight crew team won all four races against Georgetown and MIT this morning on the Charles River in Boston. The Yale varsity eight retained the Joy Cup with a 1.9-second victory over the Hoyas. The Bulldogs enjoyed uncharacteristically favorable conditions on the Charles River for all the races. Captain David Walker was happy with his team’s performance against the tough competition.

April 5, 2012
Y150 to race MIT, Georgetown
The No. 2 Yale lightweight crew team will travel up to Boston, this Saturday, Apr. 7, to race No. 11 MIT and No. 3 Georgetown on the Charles River. Yale and MIT will race for the Joy Cup, with Georgetown participating as an invited guest. Yale has captured the Joy Cup for the last 32 years. This represents an early season test for the Bulldogs, as Georgetown took down then-No. 2 Princeton last weekend.

March 31, 2012
Yale Lightweights Sweep Navy
The Yale lightweight crew team got off to a quick start Saturday on Lake Carnegie, where they won all four races against the Naval Academy. In doing so, the varsity eight retained the Johnson Cup, winning for the second straight year. Captain David Walker was pleased with the day, but believes that there is still a lot of work to be done.

March 29, 2012
Y150 to Begin Season Against Navy
The Yale lightweight crew team will open its spring season this Saturday, Mar. 31, with a race against Navy. The teams will race for the Johnson Cup on Lake Carnegie, in Princeton, N.J. This race will mark the ninth year of the Johnson Cup, with the series tied at four apiece.

March 28, 2012
Lightweights Ready to Begin Spring Racing Season
Almost a year after winning the national championship, the Yale lightweight crew team will take the first step in defending its title Saturday. The Y150 will begin its spring season on Saturday, Mar. 31, with a race against Navy for the Johnson cup. This will kick off a two-month stretch of races where Yale will compete nearly every weekend, culminating in Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championship.

March 9, 2012
Zeng ’11 Set to Compete for Oxford in The Boat Race
Will Zeng ‘11, a former lightweight, has been busy since winning the national championship last spring. After being chosen as a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, Zeng arrived at Oxford last fall determined to make an impact on the Oxford University Boat Club. He has just accomplished that feat, being selected to represent the club in the 158th Boat Race on Apr. 7. The Boat Race, one of the oldest sporting events in the world, pits Oxford University against Cambridge University in a 6.8 km race along the River Thames in West London between Putney and Mortlake. This fierce rivalry first took place in 1829 and has been occurring regularly since then.

October 30, 2011
Lightweights Conclude Season with the Princeton Chase
The Yale men’s lightweight crew team will finish its fall season this Sunday, Oct. 30, with the Princeton Three-Mile Chase. Held on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., this invitational race will feature many of the Bulldogs’ main EARC opponents, allowing them to see how they stack against the competition before the winter season. Many oarsmen will also compete in multiple races, giving them valuable racing experience before the spring.

October 30, 2011
Lightweights End Fall Season with Princeton Chase
Despite Saturday’s unexpected snow, Sunday’s abundant sunshine made for a great day of racing for Yale’s lightweight crew team at the Princeton Three-Mile Chase. Competing in its final regatta of the fall season Sunday, Oct. 30, the Bulldogs finished in fourth place in the varsity eights event, improving on last year’s sixth-place finish.

October 23, 2011
Bulldogs Set to Compete Sunday at Head of the Charles
The Yale lightweight crew team will race in Boston this Sunday, Oct. 23, in the 47th Head of the Charles Regatta. The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day regatta, featuring 61 events and more than 8800 competitors, including both domestic and foreign competition. The Elis, who finished first two weeks ago at the Head of the Housatonic, will field three boats Sunday on the three-mile course.

October 23, 2011
Lightweight Fours Finish First among Collegiate Crews
The two Yale lightweight fours finished as the top two collegiate crews in the lightweight fours event at the 47th Head of the Charles regatta, held in Boston. The two Yale entries finished second and third. Yale also raced a lightweight eight, finishing fifth in the lightweight eights event.

October 8, 2011
Lightweights Post Strong Results on the Housatonic
The Yale lightweight crew team is off to a quick start to its fall season after Saturday’s results. Racing in its first race of the year at the Head of the Housatonic, held on Yale’s home river, the varsity boat took first place in two races. The regatta was an opportunity for every member of the crew to gain valuable experience going forward, as almost everyone raced twice.

October 5, 2011
Lightweights Ready to Open Title Defense Saturday
Fresh off a national championship, the Yale lightweight crew team is looking to produce a fast start Saturday. Last spring, the varsity boat capped off a successful season by beating Harvard by 0.02 seconds to capture the national championship. In doing so, the Bulldogs earned themselves a trip to England to race in the Royal Regatta at Henley. In addition, both the freshman boat and the third varsity capped off undefeated seasons with victories at the Sprints Championship regatta. With Andy Card returning for his 22nd season at the helm of the crew as well as Colin Farrell back for his third season as assistant coach, Yale looks to continue this success this fall. Captain David Walker is excited to get underway with the fall racing season and build on last season’s success. Led by Walker, one of four returning national champions along with junior Thomas Swartz, junior Brendan Harrington and senior coxswain Emma McBurney, the Elis have been working hard everyday preparing for the season.

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