Lightweights End Fall Season with Princeton Chase

Yale Varsity Eight

PRINCETON, N.J. – 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.

In the varsity lightweight eights event, Yale finished in fourth place in a time of 13:32.2, moving up two spots from its sixth-place starting position. The crew used a strong second half to pull away from Cornell and Navy, who finished in fifth and sixth respectively in the race, which was won by Harvard in 13:15.4. The Yale "B" crew finished eighth in 13:44.6. This finish was first among "B" crews and the crew managed to beat out the "A" boats from Penn, Dartmouth, and Delaware.
 
The Yale freshmen eight finished fourth overall in the freshmen event, second among lightweight crews, in a time of 14:04.1. In addition, many oarsmen raced a second time in either the lightweight fours event or the pairs event. In the fours event, Yale "A" finished eighth in 15:29.8, Yale "B" finished 10th in 15:38.9, Yale "C" finished 26th in 16:10.3 and Yale "D" finished 32nd in 17:08.3. In the pairs event, the senior pair of Captain David Walker and David Kahan finished second in 16:40.1. Two other Yale pairs were entered in the event, with Yale "C" finishing seventh in 16:58.9 and Yale "B" finishing eighth in 17:4.7.
 
"After racing with a split squad last week at the Head of the Charles, it was great to race together again as a team, "said head coach Andy Card. "It was nice to see people enjoying new leadership roles and growing into higher degrees of responsibility. The great thing about this race is that there is nothing like the visceral feel of your own flaws and the other team's speeds. The top three crews are doing a nice job right now".
 
"We ended the fall racing season well at the Princeton Chase with solid racing from the entire team," echoed Walker. "I am particular impressed with the younger guys on our team who are improving well and stepping up to the varsity level".

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity

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