DERBY, Conn. -- The Yale lightweights had their first race of this season Saturday at the 19th Head of Housatonic Regatta. The Elis put on an strong showing at the local regatta, with impressive performances across the entire squad. Following the day's racing, a gathering at the Gilder Boathouse took place in celebration of the recently successful campaign to endow the lightweight head coaching position.
The first race of the day was the men's collegiate novice eight. The lightweight entry rowed a strong piece, in what was the first competitive contest for many of the athletes; the crew finished 4th, in an impressive time of 16:18.8.
Next was the collegiate eight event, in which the lightweights fielded four eights-- made up of three varsity crews and a first freshman eight. The first varsity had a strong start, but was eventually overtaken by the Yale heavyweight first varisty. Keeping their composure, the lightweight first varsity maintained a substantial lead over the rest of the pack, finishing second in 13:48.6. The second varsity eight finished in 6th place, in 14:28.0, the first freshman eight was 8th in 14:51.9 and the third varsity came in 10th in 15:20.5.
The Elis ended well in final event of the day, the men's collegiate fours. The Bulldogs entered four crews in this event, which included a mixture of varsity oarsmen and freshmen. Yale's 'A' entry won the race, narrowly edging out the 'B' entry by just 0.8 seconds in 15:34.6. Yale's other two fours also clocked impressive times: the 'C' entry finished third in 16:40.0, with the 'D' entry closing out the race in 17:01.1.
It was an encouraging performance from the team, who were looking to start the fall season on a good note. They will be looking to build on this performance in the coming weeks. The lightweights will be back in action next Sunday at the Head of the Charles Regatta, held on the Charles River in Boston, Mass.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity