June 21, 2009

Yale's Elite Eight And Senior Eight Victorious At Henley Women's Regatta

Elite Four With Coxswain And Elite Four Without Coxswain Fall In Semifinals

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England - Yale's elite eight and senior eight both won titles on the final day of the Henley Women's Regatta on the Thames River. The elite eight captured the Sports Council Cup by defeating the Leander Club, Britain's under-23 national team, by three-quarters of a length. The Bulldogs' time of 4 minutes, 40 seconds on the 1,500-meter course was a new Henley record. The senior eight cruised to a two-and-three-quarters length victory over Agecroft to win the GP Jefferies Cup. The Bulldogs finished in 4:57.

In the elite eight for Yale were coxswain Berkley Adrio, Taylor Ritzel, Cara Dermody, Tess Gerrand, Maren McCrea, Caroline Nash, Christina Person, Alice Henly and Christine Glandorf. The Bulldogs advanced to the final by beating the Thames Rowing Club by two lengths in 4:50 earlier on Sunday.

In the senior eight were coxswain Sarah Brownlee, Catherine McDermott, Elizabeth McDermott, Stephanie Madner, Karrin Weisenthal, Mary Pat Wixted, Kathleen O'Keefe, Roxanne Carini and Katherine Adams. Yale won its semifinal race by one-and-a-quarter length in 4:57.

The Yale elite four with coxswain of Mia Kanak, Emily Matykiewicz, Allix Wilde, Armine Afeyan and Dara Dickson lost in the semifinals by a length to Nottingham Minerva, which went on to win the Copas Cup.

The elite four without a coxswain of Lauren Richards, Rebecca Nadal, Lee Glandorf and Alexandra Thompson also fell in the semifinals. The Vesta Rowing Club topped the Bulldogs by a little over a length.

Yale's elite eight will remain in England to participate in the Henley Royal Regatta from July 1-5. The three other boats are done for the season.

The team celebrated the victories and the end of the season with a three-hour dinner cruise on the Thames.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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