April 1, 2006
MERCER LAKE, N.J. - The Yale men's lightweight crew team only won one race in the Johnson Cup, but it was the one race that mattered. The Bulldogs won the trophy after winning the varsity eight race by 2.8 seconds at Mercer Lake.
The Midshipmen, the 2004 national champions, beat the Bulldogs in all other races except for the varsity eight. Yale has never won the Johnson Cup, contested annually between Yale and Navy, until this year. The race was inaugurated in 2004, and Navy won back to back in 2004 and 2005.
The varsity eight was also one of the closest races of the day. Outside of the trophy race, Navy consistently dealt with all the Yale boats. The only other race to be closely contested was the novice eight, which the Midshipmen won by 1.9 seconds. The fourth varsity race was stopped with 500 meters to go due to bad water conditions.
This was the first race of the spring for head coach Andy Card's team, who were national champions in 2005. Beating Navy, another national contender is the first step towards the defense of the national championship, which will culminate at the IRA Regatta in June.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs will head north to Boston to face MIT and Boston College in the Joy Cup. Yale will be looking for a repeat victory after winning the Joy Cup in 2005.
Yale - 5:51.8
Navy - 5.54.6
Navy - 6:04.8
Yale - 6:11.4
Navy - 6:11.8
Yale - 6:16.6
Navy - 6:04.3
Yale - 6:06.2
Navy - 6:28.3
Yale - 6:39.0
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity