Lightweights Place Second at Princeton Chase

Yale Four (Photo courtesy of Row2k)

PRINCETON, N.J. – Unfazed by the upcoming hurricane, the Yale lightweight crew team braved strong winds to have a great day of racing at the Princeton Three-Mile Chase, held Sunday on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. Competing in its final regatta of the fall, the Yale varsity eight improved on last year's fourth-place finish with a second-place finish.

In the varsity lightweight eights event, Yale finished in second place with a time of 12:37.4, moving up two spots from its fourth-place starting position. The race was won by Harvard in a time of 12:35.6, with Princeton third in 12:48.6. This marked a large improvement over last week's results at the Head of the Charles, where Yale was the third collegiate lightweight eight, 24 seconds behind Harvard and 1.5 seconds behind Princeton. The Yale 'C' boat – comprised entirely of freshmen – edged the Yale 'B' boat by .7 seconds, finishing in13:11.6. These two boats earned 11th and 12th places, respectively. The 'B' boat was third among 'B' boats, while the 'C' boat earned the top 'C' boat spot.

In the freshmen event, Yale entered a novice boat, which finished 25th in 14:39.3. The event contained both lightweight and heavyweight boats. In addition, many oarsmen raced a second time in either the lightweight fours event or the pairs event. In the fours event, the Yale 'A' and 'B' boats finished in second and fourth in times of 14:04.1 and 14:20.1 respectively. The race was won by Harvard 'B' in a time of 13:58.1. Also competing were Yale 'C' and 'D', which finished in 18th and 13th with times of 14:58.3 and 14:51.9 respectively. In addition, Yale entered three pairs, which finished in seventh, tenth and 16th places. Also entered was a double, which finished in fifth place in the same event.

"After racing with a split squad last week at the Head of the Charles, it was great to have the whole team racing again," said Captain William Ferraro. "The conditions were challenging and I'm pleased with how we handled them. Most guys were able to race twice and gain valuable racing experience. Even though fall racing is now over, top-to-bottom the squad is excited to continue to improve over the winter. As always we will take what we learned from these races and apply them to increase our boat speed over the upcoming months."

The Bulldogs now head indoors to train over the winter and are back in action next spring, with a race against Navy on March 30.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity