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Yale Lightweights Perform Well, Qualify 4 Crews at Head of the Charles

Yale Lightweights Perform Well, Qualify 4 Crews at Head of the Charles
BOSTON, Mass. — Battling challenging winds and swelling waters, the Yale lightweight contingent had a strong day of racing at the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta. All four Yale lightweight entries finished in the top half of their events, requalifying both lightweight eights and lightweight fours for next year's regatta. This was the most of any lightweight program.
The afternoon of racing began with the lightweight fours. Yale A had the pole position based on last year's record-setting win, but were unable to hold the Charles headship, finishing fourth behind Georgetown, Cornell and Penn in a time of 18:02. Yale B finished right behind their teammates, coming in fifth in a time of 18:15
The lightweight eights came down the course soon after. Bow marker #4 Yale A started right behind rival #3 Harvard. The Elis managed to pass the Crimson after the Anderson Bridge, and moved up a spot to third place, behind Cornell and Princeton. Yale B, starting at the very back of the pack, overtook both Princeton C and Mercyhurst and finished seventh in a time of 16:14
Brian O'Donnell '20 raced in the Yale A lightweight eight, finishing third: "It was super exciting to see such a great top to bottom team effort, especially in such competitive events. We went into the race knowing we have trained well all fall, and having fun with the piece really paid off."
Finishing fourth in the Yale A lightweight four, Captain Matthew Matejka '19 also expressed his satisfaction with the Bulldogs' performance on the water: "We've been putting in good work all fall as a team. We love to race. The seniors are stoked that we got four entries for next year. Terrific racing from all crews today."
This marks the conclusion of the Yale lightweights' fall season. They will open their dual racing season against the Naval Academy on March 30th. 
Results of today's racing can be found here
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity