Yale Lightweights defend Joy Cup, Take Down Georgetown, MIT

Yale's First Freshman Eight (Photo Courtesy Carol Hsin)
Yale's First Freshman Eight (Photo Courtesy Carol Hsin)

Boston – 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.

In the first race of the day, the Yale third varsity four took on the MIT second varsity four and the Georgetown third varsity four. Using a strong opening 500 meters to gain a lead, the Yale boat systematically pulled away over the course of the race to win in 7:18.1 compared the MIT's time of 7:25.8 and Georgetown's time of 7:54.8.

Next, in the freshmen eights race, the Yale boat gained an early lead and kept it for the duration of the race, winning in a time of 6:24.3. MIT was 13.5 seconds back in a time of 6:37.8, just barely edging Georgetown who finished in 6:38.2.

The second varsity eight race played out similarly, with Yale establishing a strong early rhythm and pulling away from the Georgetown boat. Yale finished in a time of 6:20.9, 17.6 seconds ahead of Georgetown, who finished in. 6:38.5

In the last race of the day, the varsity eights race, No. 2 ranked Yale took on No. 3 Georgetown and No. 11 MIT. Yale took an early lead, but was unable to shake Georgetown for much of the race. At 500 meters to go, with Yale leading by a little under a length, Georgetown mustered a push, however it proved to be too little, as Yale held it off before making its own move, winning the close race by 1.9 seconds. Yale finished in 6:10.2, Georgetown finished in 6:12.1, and MIT finished well back in 6:43.0.

The Bulldogs will have a double header next weekend, racing Penn and Columbia in the morning before taking on Cornell in the afternoon.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity