No. 3 Yale to Face No. 1 Harvard, No. 6 Princeton

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Last week, the Bulldogs traveled to race Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. While Yale won three of four races, they fell to Dartmouth in the varsity race, losing the Durand Cup. The varsity four, first freshmen and second varsity all won their races by 4.5, 19 and 9.6 seconds respectively, while the varsity lost by 5.5 seconds.

Last year at the HYP regatta, Yale started strong with wins in the fourth varsity, third varsity and first freshmen races. Yale used a thrilling come-from-behind surge to take a late lead in the first freshmen race, winning by just 0.4 seconds. However, Yale fell in the second varsity and first varsity events, allowing Harvard to capture both the Goldthwait and Vogel Cups.

This year, the regatta looks to be similarly competitive. Yale and Harvard meet for the first time over 2000 meters since Yale upset Harvard by 0.02 seconds last spring to win the national championship. This season, in the varsity eight, Yale has only lost one race, while Harvard is undefeated, which should lead to a close race. In addition, the first freshmen race looks to be equally close, with all three boats currently undefeated and at the top of the rankings. In the second varsity race, the undefeated Yale boat takes on the fifth-ranked Princeton and seventh-ranked Harvard, while in the third varsity race, the third-ranked Yale takes on eights from Harvard and Princeton, which are ranked fourth and fifth respectively.

The schedule of events is as follows:

10:00 AM: Second Freshmen Eight

10:20 AM: Third Varsity Eight

10:40 AM: First Freshmen Eight

11:00 AM: Second Varsity Eight

11:20 AM: First Varsity Eight         

This year, free live video coverage will be available for all of Yale's home races courtesy of the Yale Crew Association and Community Structure. To watch streaming video online during the race, please visit:

http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/yale.portal

and click on the link that says "Watch" next to the race. In addition to being available live, races can also be viewed on demand shortly after the conclusion of the race.

There will also be a spectator bus departing from the front of Payne Whitney Gym for the boathouse at 9:00 AM and will return at the conclusion of racing.

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