Nov. 12, 2006
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale men's lightweight crew team sent two boats to compete in Princeton, NJ at the freshman-only Belly of the Carnegie head race Sunday afternoon. Yale's 'A' boat finished in 3rd place, while the 'B' boat finished in 7th. Navy and Harvard finished first and second respectively.
The Belly of the Carnegie requires schools to send two even-speed freshman boats, mixing recruits with walk-ons in an effort to judge the depth of each school's freshman class. Yale's two boats both finished in the top 10 of all lightweight crews, and only Navy, whose crews finsihed 1st and 6th, had a faster aggregate time for two lightweight boats.
The 3rd place finish for the Yale 'A' boat was the highest placing by a Yale boat at the event for the past five years. The boat finished in a time of 13:51.19, and only just edged out the Cornell 'A' boat by 0.16 seconds over the 2.75 mile course. Yale's 'B' boat completed the course in a time of 14:04.97, which was good enough for 7th place.
But Head Coach Andy Card will not be focusing too much on these results as an indicator of the performance of his freshman class.
"It is way too early to even begin to understand what we have in this year's freshman class," Card said. "There is so much more to do to integrate the Class of 2010 with each other, with the varsity, and with the team ethos of the Yale Lightweights."
Sunday morning's regatta was both the first and the last of the season for Card's freshman class. The lightweights will now have over four months of preparation for the spring rowing season, and their first race will be challenging one, as the Bulldogs face the Midshipmen of Navy, a consistently strong team.
Complete results from the Belly of the Carnegie are available at the row2k website.
Yale 'A' boat
Yale 'B' boat
Report filed Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity