May 13, 2007

Bulldogs Win Two Medals at Eastern Sprints

May 13, 2007

WORCESTER, Mass. - The depth that the men's lightweight crew team has been showing in recent weeks helped the Bulldogs replicate their Eastern Sprints medal tally from 2006 Sunday afternoon. Two Yale boats won medals, with the Eli freshman eight claiming gold and avenging their only loss of 2007 to Navy.

Yale's two medals came on a day of extremely erratic weather conditions. The two kilometer course on Lake Quinsigamond saw gusting winds of up to twenty miles per hour, creating something in between a side wind and a tail wind. Combined with choppy water, this wind gave crews a tough time.

As far as Yale was concerned though, the seedings before the EARC Sprints regatta proved to be almost spot on. Yale's 1F boat lived up to its top seed by beating Princeton in the Grand Final to claim gold. The JV, 3V and 2F boats all finished third after being seeded third, second and second respectively, while the varsity eight won the Petite Final to claim seventh (its seeding before the regatta) after being pipped at the post by Dartmouth in their heat.

Yale's freshman eight entered Sunday's regatta having not lost a race since their first dual race of 2007 against Navy on April 7, in which the Midshipmen squeezed out the Elis by 0.6 seconds. The Bulldogs kept that streak alive today as they coasted through their heat and won the Grand Final in a time of 5:47.9, almost two seconds ahead of second place Princeton and almost seven seconds ahead of bronze medalists Navy. The freshman eight included Spencer Salovaara (stroke), Noah McColl (seven), Brendan McCook (six), Tyler Borek (five), Adam Lukasiewicz (four), John Grunyk (three), Jeremy Hopkins (two), Michael Jonas (bow) and Stephen Dobeck (coxswain).

While the first freshman eight managed to turn the tide on the Midshipmen of Navy, their freshman counterparts in the 2F boat were edged out in a close race for second place in the final. Yale's 2F boat finished just 1.3 seconds behind Navy to secure third. Harvard won gold in the race with a time of 6:04.7. The Yale 2F boat included Antonio Sirianni (stroke), Charles Colon (seven), Robert Casey (six), Ross Uhrich (five), Cole Sickler (four), Jonathan Gordon (three), Christian Chisholm (two), Ricardo Rodriguez (bow) and Melanie Langer (coxswain).

Yale's other medal came later in the day thanks to the efforts of the junior varsity eight. Yale's junior varsity was seeded second going into Eastern Sprints and qualified for their Grand Final which saw a photo finish for first place between Navy and Cornell. The Midshipmen prevailed by just 0.15 seconds while the Bulldogs finished in third, two seconds behind Navy. Rowing in the junior varsity eight for Yale were Foster Hays (stroke), Brendan Stallard (seven), Chris Blum (six), Joseph Pappalardo (five), Peter Barkett (four), Gregory Hopkins (three), Mikkel Krenchel (two), Nick Panza (bow) and Manuel Gonzales-Luna (coxswain).

Yale's 3V, like the 2F, was able to forgo morning heats due to the smaller number of entrants. But the lack of a dry run in the morning session didn't prove to be a problem for the Bulldogs, who finished third in their final, just half a second behind Cornell. Navy won the race. The Yale 3V included Nathan Bruker (stroke), Matthew Evans (seven), Philip Lang (six), James Schulmeister (five), Kevin Michel (four), Alex Bertoli (three), Chris Schmicker (two), Brett Ruff (bow) and David McClure (coxswain).

Yale's varsity eight was the only Eli boat to miss out on a medal. The 1V needed to finish in the top three in their heat to qualify for the Grand Final, but the Bulldogs finished one place shy of the target in fourth. Their time of 5:51.7 was 1.5 seconds behind Dartmouth, the same team that beat the Yale 1V two weeks ago in the Durand Cup race. Yale came good in the Petite Final though, winning by 2.5 seconds over Columbia. The boat included Andrew Kaiser (stroke), Simon Goldman (seven), Richard Littlehale (six), Peter Reiser (five), Daniel Ensslen (four), Roman Rezanowicz (three), Alex Rothmeier (two), James Johnson (bow) and Michael Ma (coxswain).

The Bulldogs have almost two weeks before the last race on their schedule - the 2007 IRA regatta, held in Camden, NJ from May 31 to June 2. For complete results from Eastern Sprints, visit the EARC Sprints results page.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

Results

1V Petite Final:
1 Yale - 05:46.304
2 Columbia - 05:48.790
3 Pennsylvania - 05:50.759
4 Delaware - 05:51.527
5 Rutgers - 05:53.953
6 MIT - 05:59.448

2V Grand Final:
1 Navy - 5:43.760
2 Cornell - 05:43.918
3 Yale - 05:45.740
4 Princeton - 05:46.173
5 Harvard - 05:49.612
6 Columbia - 05:49.756

3V Final:
1 Navy - 05:58.724
2 Cornell - 06:03.272
3 Yale - 06:03.844
4 Navy 4V - 06:04.554
5 Princeton - 06:10.595
6 Harvard - 06:31.502

1F Grand Final:
1 Yale - 05:56.285
2 Columbia - 05:59.727
3 Dartmouth - 06:00.727
4 Georgetown - 06:01.381
5 Pennsylvania - 06:04.645
6 Delaware - 06:26.291

2F Final:
1 Harvard - 06:04.727
2 Navy - 06:06.864
3 Yale - 06:08.173
4 Cornell - 06:17.482
5 Dartmouth - 06:21.578

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