NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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 23rd 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.
Joining Walker and McBurney are six other seniors, Chad Bailey, David Kahan, Skylar Prill, Daniel Ribas, Maxwell Micali and coxswain Paige Fedon. Looking to fill the gaps are the other varsity oarsmen. They welcome the gold medal winning class of 2014 to their ranks. With a good summer of work behind them, the team looks to be in a strong position. The depth of the team should be one of the Bulldogs' strong points this season.