DERBY, Conn.— It was a tough day of racing for the Y150 on their home course Sunday, as Yale were swept by Cornell. The defeats brought to an end Yale's undefeated record in the first and second varsity eights. The Elis look to bounce back next Saturday with another double header: away at Dartmouth in the morning before traveling home to face MIT in the afternoon.
After a delayed start, the racing got underway at 9:20am with the first freshmen eight. The freshmen used a fast start to move out on Cornell. They continued to extend their lead through the halfway mark and held a six-seat advantage on the Big Red coming into the last 750 meters. Cornell mounted a strong effort in the last 500 meters to push back against the Elis, beating Yale to the line by just over two seconds.
Next was the second varsity eight, in what was to be a very tight race. Both crews started strongly, with Yale edging out on Cornell going into the second 1000 meters. The margin compressed as both crews approached the finish line, however, and the race ended too close to call. Without a photo finish, the referees awarded victory to Cornell.
At 10:00am, the Bulldogs' first varsity eight took to the course against the third-ranked Big Red. Yale had a fast start, but were unable to get away from Cornell; with the inside of the turn, Cornell then opened up a length lead over the Bulldogs. Rowing tough, the Elis maintained contact but were unable to catch Cornell, who won the race in 5:56.0.
Racing concluded with the third varsity eight. Facing a tough Cornell entry, the Bulldogs started strong and clung to the opposition for the first 1000 meters. Cornell's strength showed as the race wore on, and were eventually able to open a larger margin on the Elis.
Despite the day's loss, sophomore and second varsity coxswain Eli Block took positives from the race.
"We were pushed by a really fast Cornell 2V all the way down the course," Block said. "[We] look to use this loss to gain speed in the weeks to come."
This applies to all crews, who will be looking to improve in the weeks ahead of the post-season.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity