October 24, 2013

Bulldogs Ready for the Chase

DERBY, Conn. -- The Yale lightweight crew travels down to Princeton, N.J. this weekend to compete in the Princeton Chase. The race marks the first opportunity for the entire squad to compete; at the Chase, they will face competition from across the EARC.

The first event of day is the men's lightweight eight at 10:30 a.m. Yale has four entries: three varsity eights and a freshmen eight. After a second place finish at last year's event, the first varsity will start second behind Harvard. This starting order also applies to subsequent entries, with the Yale 'B' boat starting behind Harvard 'B,' and so on. The first varsity will be looking to improve on its third place finish at the Head of the Charles last Sunday. The athletes in the second varsity-- after strong performances in the fours last weekend-- will also be looking to make their mark. 

The next event is the men's lightweight four, in which four Yale crews will compete. The first four will take off second behind Harvard 'A,' with the other crews starting 11th, 19th and 26th. Building on recent success in the event, in addition to strong performances in the fours last weekend, all crews will be working to improve on their seed. 

In the final event of the day, senior Matthew Bridgwater will race the men's single in the small boats event at 2:30. The Elis also have an entry in the men's pair.

The Princeton Chase presents an exciting opportunity for the entire lightweight squad to compete before heading indoors for the winter season. After the Charles, this the final chance for the Bulldogs to test their speed before the dual season, which kicks off in late March. 

The freshmen, however, will return to action November 2 at the Green Monster, held in Hanover, N.H.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity 

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