DERBY, Conn. — Looking to bounce back from last weekend's defeat against Cornell, the lightweights are back in action with another double header this Saturday against Dartmouth and MIT. The Durand Cup, contested between Yale and Dartmouth since 1958, begins at 8:40 a.m. in Derby— after it was relocated from Hanover, N.H., due to poor course conditions. Later on Saturday, Yale squares off against MIT in the Joy Cup.
The Durand Cup has been highly competitive in recent years, and this year's edition promises close racing at all levels. The Bulldogs' victory last year marked Yale's first win against the Big Green since 2009. Dartmouth enters the race ranked ninth after narrow defeats to Harvard, MIT and Delaware.
Racing in the Durand Cup gets underway at 8:40 a.m. with the third varsity eight. The first varsity event is next at 9:20 a.m., with the first freshmen and second varsity racing in the same event at 10:00 a.m..
The Joy Cup, usually scheduled for the first weekend in April, takes place this Saturday. MIT enters the race after victory against Dartmouth in the Biglin Bowl in Boston, Mass., and a strong performance at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Engineers are ranked seventh.
Racing begins at 4:00 p.m. on the Housatonic with the third varsity; the freshmen and second varsity eights will follow at 4:20 p.m., before the day's racing ends with the first varsity eight at 4:40 p.m..
All crews will be trying to make improvements based on the lessons learned from previous races. Particularly after losses to Cornell across the ranks last Sunday, the Elis move forward knowing there is speed to find before the Eastern Sprints on May 18.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity