HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England. – The Yale lightweight varsity eight lost the semi-final of the Temple Challenge Cup to Oxford Brookes University 'A' by a length and three quarters.
Yale 150 has had a superb season, completing an undefeated dual season, an Eastern Sprints Championship and a silver medal at the IRA National Championship Regatta. The reward for such a season is a trip to Henley-on-Thames, England to compete at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. Yale has competed at this regatta on numerous occasions; the 150lb crew won the Temple Cup in 2000. Competing at this regatta is reserved for the most successful Yale crews, who have demonstrated their mettle in their championship season at home in the states. It is an opportunity for the Yale lightweights to test their speed against crews they wouldn't normally face.
Having defeated Clare and Hughes Hall, Cambridge, Nottingham Trent and a Cornell heavyweight outfit, the Bulldogs had advanced to the Semifinals of the Temple Challenge Cup. They faced a crew from Oxford Brookes University who had proved themselves to be one of Britain's best student crews. Yale fought hard against the crew from Brookes but ultimately fell by a margin of just over a length.
This concludes the 2015-16 season, one of Y150's most successful seasons. In addition to the outstanding varsity performances, the team achieved a gold medal in the second varsity and a bronze in the third varsity at the sprints, winning them a Jope Cup for overall team points, which had eluded the team for two seasons. The team took home the Johnson, Joy, Dodge, Durand, Goldthwait and Vogel Cups. The team will now split for the summer and train alone before welcoming the incoming freshmen and with them a new campaign.
Y150 thanks its graduated seniors Austin Velte, Dughan Ahimovic, Eli Block, Gabriel Roy Liguori, Matthew Segal, Nathaniel Howe and Thomas Foster who have, as a class, demonstrated outstanding leadership towards the 2015-16 campaign.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity