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Lightweights Place Fifth at IRA National Championships

Lightweights Place Fifth at IRA National Championships

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Yale 150 had a weekend of highs and lows. The lowest point was on the travel day, Thursday, in which un-reparable damage was done to both the eight and the coxed four. A midnight trip back to Derby, Conn., replaced the four. However, it was the generosity of the Princeton boat club, and particularly that of Coach Lori Dauphiny of the Princeton open women's team, that provided Yale's varsity eight with the same Empacher shell to race in this weekend. The Y150 is extremely grateful to Coach Dauphiny, without whom the preparation for this weekend would have been greatly hindered.

The Yale lightweight varsity eight finished in fifth place in the grand final of the IRA National Championship regatta. The eight had a good race in the morning heat, qualifying for the grand final in third place, behind heat winner, and eventual national champion Cornell.

Unlike the morning heat, the varsity final did not see Yale put together its best start. Sitting behind the fleet early, Yale put up a hard fight, but was unable to gain the momentum necessary to finish in medals, 

Y150 Alumni Head Coach of Lightweight Crew Andy Card spoke of his appreciation for Coach Dauphiny's gesture: "The generosity of the rowing world is proven once again. Every coach I called and even some who called me, upon hearing about the accident, offered their help and made their fleet available to us if we needed it. I will always remember the kindness of the women's and lightweight coaches that came to the aid of our program at an incredibly low moment."

Overall it was a positive weekend for the Y150: On Saturday, the lightweight men's coxed four became National Champions and the lightweight men's coxless four won a Bronze medal.

The formal 2014-15 season is over, however the team will now go its separate ways for summer training all over the globe and will enjoy racing as individuals or as a part of club teams throughout the Summer. They will reconvene in September at the start of next season.


Lightweight Varsity Eight

Coxswain: Eli Block; Stroke: Alexander George; 7: Brendan Kelleher; 6: Aaron Jones; 5: William Van Fossen; 4: Hubert Simpson; 3: William Harrington; 2: Austin Velte; Bow: Dughan Ahimovic

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity