NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale, in its final home race of the season, will host No. 10 Dartmouth on the Housatonic River to contest the Loyal Durand Cup on Saturday.
The Durand Cup was given to honor the loyal service to Yale Crew of Loyal Durand III, Y150 oarsman and coach. The Cup was donated by his team and inaugurated in 1958. After rowing for the Yale lightweights, Loyal went on to coach his old teammates in 1956 and 1957.
The Cup has been raced between Dartmouth College and Yale University since 1958. Eventually, Rutgers University raced as a guest in the Cup race, winning it five times in the 1970s and then again in 2006 before discontinuing their men's rowing program.
The race has seen recent Dartmouth wins in 2011 and 2012, following a rare dead heat in 2010 in Hanover. Yale currently holds a three-year winning streak and has gone 11-4-1 in this century.
So far in 2017, the Yale lightweights are having a winning season. The first and second varsities have not been bested to date. The only blemish to the young season is the DQ of the 3V in last week's Dodge Cup regatta, when Yale steered out of its lane earning the exclusion while finishing ahead of Columbia and Penn.
Dartmouth, ranked 10th in the most recent collegiate polling, comes into the weekend having fallen to Harvard last weekend in the Biglin Bowl. The Big Green has also, in close contest, fallen to Princeton while securing wins over Delaware and M.I.T.
The Durand Cup is the last time the Yale Class of 2017 will race at home. There are 11 members of the Class, who have each contributed to the recent successes of the Y150. Y150 Alumni Head Coach of Lightweight Rowing Andy Card attributes the current depth of the team to 2017 leadership: "The '17s have brought terrific spirit each of their four years, and in this their senior year, everyone can see what a powerful effect that positive enthusiasm has had on the squad. We have seniors in every shell, from the 5 to the 1, and Ned and I acknowledge and appreciate their leadership."
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Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity