HANOVER, N.H. – 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.
"I'm really proud of the way the second varsity, freshmen and third varsity raced today and earned their wins," said Walker. "We had a good race in the varsity and came up short. Today was useful in identifying our points of weakness and we look forward to improving these areas of fault over the next few weeks".
In the first race of the day, the first freshmen took control early and continued to pull ahead of Dartmouth over the course of the race. They cruised to 19-second victory, finishing in 6:19.4. Dartmouth finished in 6:38.4 with Dartmouth's second freshmen boat further back in 6:50.6
In the next race, the Yale second varsity got off to a strong start and established a steady rhythm in finishing 9.6 seconds ahead of Dartmouth. The Bulldogs finished in a time of 6:14.7 compared to Dartmouth's time of 6:24.6.
In the varsity race, the Bulldogs got off to a quick start, taking an early lead. However, Dartmouth used some strong moves to move back up on Yale. With the race neck-and-neck by the half way mark, Dartmouth proved to be a formidable opponent and took the race in 6:03.6, while Yale finished in 6:09.1. This enabled Dartmouth to retain the Durand Cup for back-to-back years for the first time since 1993 and 1994.
In the final race of the day, two Yale varsity fours battled the Dartmouth varsity four. Using a strong start, the Yale 'A' boat got an early lead and then countered all of Dartmouth's pushes to stay ahead, winning by 4.5 seconds. The Yale 'A' boat finished in 7:14.4, Dartmouth finished in 7:18.9, and Yale's 'B' boat finished further back in 7:56.8.
The Bulldogs are back in action at home next weekend against Harvard and Princeton.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity.