April 25, 2009
DERBY, Conn. - The No. 4 Yale men's lightweight crew team came away with the Vogel Cup for overall team points, after an intense day of races today at the Gilder Boathouse in Derby, Conn. The Bulldogs hosted rivals No. 1 Princeton and No. 2 Harvard to race for the Vogel and Goldthwait Cups. Despite winning the Vogel Cup, Yale came in third in the varsity race and lost the Goldthwait Cup to Princeton.
"We had some great conditions at the Gilder Boathouse for another fantastic HYP regatta," said captain Daniel Ensslen. "I am particularly proud of the great performance of our 1F boat who showed great grit and resolve in battling off the number one ranked Harvard freshman."
Though they lost the first varsity race to Princeton, the Bulldogs did come away with wins in the second varsity eight, third varsity eight and first freshman eight races, all of which were closely contested.
"I thought that today there was classic HYP excellence and intensity," said Head Coach Andy Card. "The intensity was especially visible in the junior varsity, third varsity, and first freshman races, which were all hard fought contests."
Yale won the second varsity and third varsity races by margins of around two seconds, and the first freshman race by a margin of five seconds. The Bulldogs performed well in the close races. Meanwhile, Harvard took the second freshman race by over 14 seconds and Princeton ran away with the first varsity eight race.
"Today Princeton showed why they're the No.1 ranked crew in the country, with a dominant performance," said Coach Card.
Despite an off day for the varsity boat, the overall Yale program had a positive day, as Yale won three of five races and most guys took home shirts. As a result, Yale won the Vogel Cup for overall team points with 30, beating out Princeton who had 29 and Harvard who had 21. The Vogel Cup is relatively newer than the Goldthwait Cup, which is awarded to the winning varsity crew. The Vogel Cup goes to the most balanced crew and was donated by Yale alums who understood that attention is often disproportionally skewed to the varsity race. It is very similar to the Jope Cup that is awarded at Eastern Sprints and measures the overall strength of the program.
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
First Freshman Eight
Second Freshman Eight
*The Princeton third varsity boat rowed with a heavyweight rower due to an injury situation. The Harvard first freshman boat missed a turning buoy and was disqualified from placing, however the time listed is accurate.
The Bulldogs will now have a couple of weeks to train and make adjustments before they meet these opponents as well as other schools in the region at the Eastern Sprints on the tenth of May.
"From here on in we have two weeks to put our heads down and build towards the championship races," Ensslen noted. "Looking back through my four years, I can't remember a team with as good potential as this year's [team] to succeed on all levels at the Eastern Sprints. It's going to be a blast."
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity