DERBY, Conn. — Yale lightweight crew opens its spring racing season Saturday with a race against Navy in Princeton, NJ. The two programs face off in the eleventh running of the Johnson Cup, awarded to the winner of the first varsity eight. The Bulldogs will be looking to capture their fourth straight Johnson Cup this weekend, to extend their overall lead in the event to seven to four.
The racing will begin with the third varsity eight at 4:00pm. After a productive winter training period, the eight— filled largely with novice oarsmen— will be looking to get a strong first race under its belt. The third varsity will face competition from two Navy entries.
Next, at 4:20pm, the first freshmen eight will take to the course. Coming off a morale-boosting victory in their final fall racing at the Green Monster, the freshmen will be looking to pick up where they left off against a Navy program that typically fields strong freshmen entries.
Third, the Yale second varsity eight squares off against the Midshipmen at 4:40pm. Last year's second varsity eight race was a hard-fought contest, with the Elis edging Navy to the line by 3.9 seconds. After a strong performance at the Princeton Chase, the second varsity eight will aim to start its season with a good performance against a tough Navy crew.
The first varsity eight rounds out the day's racing at 5:00pm. After winning the Princeton Chase in October, the Bulldogs will have something to prove against the Midshipmen. Also on the line is the Johnson Cup, which the eight will be looking to retain for the fourth straight year.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity