April 28, 2006
The Yale men's lightweight crew team will compete tomorrow on home waters for the last time this season. The Bulldogs will host Harvard and Princeton to compete for the Goldthwait Cup and the Vogel Cup, both of which are currently held by the Crimson.
The Goldthwait Cup has been fiercely contested by the three Ivy lightweight crews for close to a century. The Harvard varsity eight has won the cup for the last three years, a run Yale wants to put an end to this weekend.
The Vogel Cup, commemorating Yale oarsman and coach David Vogel was introduced in 2003. While many cups are decided solely by the result of varsity eight races, the Vogel Cup is based on a team points system, meaning that every race counts. Yale won the inaugural Vogel Cup in 2003, and since then Harvard has won two in a row.
In recent years, Yale and Harvard in particular have contested some of the most competitive collegiate lightweight races in the country. In the 2005 Eastern Sprints, the Crimson came from behind to edge out the Yale varsity eight for the win, and weeks later both crews competed in the grand final at the IRA regatta, which the Bulldogs won to give them their third national title in six years.
For fans wishing to travel to Gilder Boathouse to support the Bulldogs, there will be a bus departing from Yale Station Post Office at 8:45 am, Saturday morning.
9:40 am - 2nd Freshman
10 am - 3rd Varsity
10:20 am - 1st Freshman
10:40 am - 2nd Varsity
11 am - Varsity Eight
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity