July 3, 2005
The tremendous run by the Yale lightweight varsity eight came to an end just shy of a Henley Royal Regatta championship as the Elis fell to the heavyweight crew from Trinity (Hartford) College today by three lengths in the final of the Temple Cup Challenge on the Thames River.
The Bulldogs, looking for their first Temple Cup title since 2000, won four races before falling to the Bantams, who crossed the finish line in 6:27. Yale, which had an early lead, was three boats back but still managed its best time at Henley this year.
"We are licking our wounds," said Yale head coach Andy Card. "We led at the barrier but they had too much power and too much rhythm for us to handle. There have only been three lightweight crews to make the Temple Challenge Cup final and two of them have been Yale boats. I'm really proud of our effort. It's a hard event to win as a lightweight crew but we went 4-1."
The Bulldogs finished the 2005 racing season as national champions, while finishing second at both the Eastern Sprints and the Temple Challenge Cup.
For more details on the 2005 Henley Royal Regatta, go to: http://www.hrr.co.uk/thisyear/results.htm
report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Assistant AD/Sports Publicity Director