Varsity Eight Goes the Distance for National Title

Varsity Eight Goes the Distance for National Title

June 4, 2005

The Yale lightweight varsity eight captured a national title for the third time in six years by finishing first in today's Grand Final on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

The Elis, who had led the Eastern Sprints final for most of the way before finishing second to Harvard by less than a second a few weeks ago, won their heat before taking lane No. 2 for this afternoon's final.

Yale captured its fifth national lightweight title by leading the entire 2,000 meters and finishing at 5:41.886. Cornell was a little more than two seconds behind at 5:43.388 with third and fourth places coming as a big surprise. Penn enjoyed a great performance to take third at 5:44.712 while the Crimson were fourth at 5:45.450.

"They [Yale varsity eight] had three good weeks of practice and they did a great job of getting through gradutation and Memorial Day. It was really fun coaching them," Yale head coach Andy Card told

It was Card's fourth national championship at Yale, having captured the IRAs in 1990, 2000 and 2002.

report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Assistant AD and Sports Publicity Director