Lightweights Win Gold on the Charles

Lightweights Win Gold on the Charles

Oct. 19, 2008

BOSTON, Mass. - Yale's lightweight squad concluded a strong performance today at the Head of the Charles. The lightweight four took first place by thirty seconds and the lightweight eight took eighth place.

The lightweight four of junior Noah McColl, captain Daniel Ensslen, junior Adam Lukasiewicz, junior Brendan McCook and junior coxswain Stephen Dobeck posted the fasted time to claim gold in 16:27.02. Second place went to the Don Rowing Club's 16:57.71, and third to Navy's 16:58.48. The Yale four quickly passed the New York Athletic Club and lead for the remainder of the race.

"The team had a successful weekend, where we won the lightweight men's four for the first time it has been won by a college in over 20 years," said captain Daniel Ensslen. "In both of our races, we followed our race plan and attacked hard early, [but] unfortunately the eight was not able to maintain their pace for the entire race."

Ensslen added that the strong winds made it difficult to navigate and maintain rhythm, but lightweight crews will be able to prove themselves again next weekend.

"So far our results have been the same as they were last fall against our rivals. We are in the middle of the pack and beginning to gain momentum going into the winter," he said. "We are going to continue to train hard this week and try and improve upon our results this past weekend at the Charles."

The lightweight eight posted the fasted time for the first leg of the race (3:22.08) but eventually slipped to eighth place with at final time of 15:14.06. Princeton's lightweights won the event, followed by Queen's University Canada in second, and Harvard in third.

The lightweights hit the water for the last time this fall at next weekend's Princeton Chase.

Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity