Elis Start Strong on the Charles

Elis Start Strong on the Charles

Oct. 22, 2006

BOSTON, Mass. - The Yale men's lightweight crew team were one green buoy away from securing three top 10 finishes at the Head of the Charles regatta Sunday. The Bulldogs finished 12th in the Lightweight Eights, 4th in the Lightweight Fours event, and 7th in the Youth Eights event.

The varsity eight boat was third to start in the Lightweight Eights event, and recorded a strong time of 15:04.116. The boat included Mikkel Krenchel (stroke), Alexander Rothmeier (seven), Peter Reiser (six), Richard Littlehale (five), Chris Blum (four), Brendan Stallard (three), Roman Rezanowicz (two), Nick Panza (bow), and Manuel Gonzales-Luna (cox). After finishing, however, the Yale boat incurred a 10 second penalty for a bow violation. The 12th place finish was good enough for 4th among collegiate boats, behind Princeton, Navy and Cornell.

Yale's varsity four finished 4th in the Lightweight Eights event earlier in the afternoon with a time of 17:07.563. The boat included Foster Hays, Andrew Kaiser, Simon Goldman, Gregory Hopkins, and coxswain Melanie Langer. The only collegiate boat to record a faster time was the boat from Brock University, in Ontario, Canada. The Badgers from north of the border finished two and a half seconds ahead of the Bulldogs.

Finally, Yale's freshman boat finished 7th in the Youth Eights event with a time of 15:43.529. The Eli freshman were competing against a field of high school boats and collegiate heavyweight boats.

The lightweights next compete in a week's time in the first of two consecutive events on the Carnegie River, the Princeton Chase, where head coach Andy Card's 150s finished 3rd in 2005.

For complete results from the Head of the Charles regatta, visit the official website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity.