Maddie Lips, who will be a freshman for the Yale womens crew starting in the fall, won a silver medal with the United States womens eight at the 2010 World Rowing Junior Championships over the weekend. In addition, Yale assistant coach Kate Maloney served as the coach of the womens pair.
Both Taylor Ritzel 10 and Catherine Hart 10 earned medals on the final day of the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Ritzel stroked the United States womens eight to a gold medal, while Hart captured a bronze medal sitting in the Canadian womens eight. The championships capped a busy three months for the two, who both graduated Yale in May and then helped the Bulldogs varsity eight to the NCAA title a week later.
Catherine Hart, who sat in the No. 3 seat of the Yale varsity eight that won the NCAA grand final in May, will represent Canada at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships scheduled for July 22-25 in Brest, Belarus. Hart will row in Canadas womens eight.
Taylor Ritzel 10, who stroked the Yale varsity eight to an NCAA championship in May, has been named to the USRowing Under 23 National Team. Ritzel will stroke the U.S. womens eight at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships scheduled for July 22-25 in Brest, Belarus. It is the second straight year Ritzel has represented the United States. She won a silver medal with the eight at last years world championships.
A thrilling womens eight final at the 2010 Rowing World Cup had a distinct Yale flavor. Jamie Redman 08 sat in the United States boat that finished two-tenths of a second ahead of the Canadian eight that featured Ashley Brzozowicz 04. The gold medal in the eight capped a big weekend for Redman, who also was part of the winning womens four. Brzozowicz captured a bronze medal in the womens pair in addition to her silver with the eight.
On May 30, Yales varsity eight won the grand final at the NCAA Championship. It was the third time in the last four years that the Bulldogs had the fastest crew in the nation and the fourth straight year a Yale boat captured an NCAA crown (the second varsity won in 2009). Yale has now been selected to the NCAA Championships in each of the last nine years. In addition, Yale has won the Charles Willing Team Trophy at the Eastern Sprints in two of the last three years, and has been the Ivy League champion in four of the last six years. Head Coach Will Porter has guided the Bulldogs to all that success and he recently sat down to discuss the state of the Yale womens crew program.
Five members of the Yale varsity eight that won the NCAA grand final two weeks ago have earned All-America recognition from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. Seniors Tess Gerrand, Alice Henly, Taylor Ritzel and coxswain Mia Kanak were named to the first team, while junior Caroline Nash was a second team selection. For Gerrand, it was her fourth All-America honor. Ritzel was recognized for the third time, while Henly, Kanak and Nash were first time recipients.
Caroline Nash, who has been a part of two NCAA champion varsity eights, will serve as the captain of the 2010-11 Yale womens crew. Nash, a Darien, Conn., native, has sat in the varsity eight in each of her first three years with the Bulldogs. She was elected following a team vote earlier this spring.
For the third time in the last four years, Yale has the fastest womens crew in the nation. The Bulldogs varsity eight captured the grand final at the NCAA Championships, holding off a late charge from Virginia to win by nearly a second. Yale led from wire-to-wire and finished in 6:24.76, just ahead of the second-place Cavaliers, who came in at 6:25.75.
If the semifinals are any indication, Sundays varsity eight grand final at the NCAA Championships should be memorable. Less than four seconds separated the top-five semifinal times. Yale figures to be right in the mix. The Bulldogs won their semi, finishing with a course record time of 6:16.54, which was just four-tenths-of-a-second faster than second-place California and a little more than a second better than third-place Virginia.
With six members of Yales second varsity racing at the NCAA Championships for the first time, expectations were a little unclear. The inexperience, though, didnt prove to be a problem as the Bulldogs fought off a late charge from Tennessee to place third in their heat and earn a spot in Saturdays semifinals. Yales varsity eight and varsity four also had top-three finishes to qualify for the semis and make for a successful first day on Lake Natoma.
Yale head coach Will Porter probably cracked a smile when he learned the 2010 NCAA Rowing Championships were returning to the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. The Lake Natoma course has been very kind to the Bulldogs over the years. In 2004, Yale placed second there, its best finish ever, and in 2008, the varsity eight captured its second straight NCAA title in a thrilling grand final. Yale hopes to make more history on Lake Natoma when the championship gets under way with the heats on Friday morning. The semifinals are Saturday and the grand finals are Sunday.
All facets of the Yale womens crew were honored by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association on Wednesday. Head Coach Will Porter, who guided the Bulldogs to the overall team title at the Eastern Sprints, was named the New England Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his tenure at Yale. In addition, five rowers earned CRCA All-New England honors and eight were selected as CRCA Scholar Athletes.
A spot in the NCAA Division I Rowing Championship is becoming commonplace for the Yale womens crew. The Bulldogs earned their ninth straight bid when the 16-team 2010 field was announced on Tuesday afternoon. Head coach Will Porter, though, still doesnt take it for granted.
The path may have been a little more difficult than in recent years, but the end result was just as sweet for the Yale womens crew. Yales varsity eight captured the Eastern Sprints and Ivy League titles for the fourth time in the last six years, winning a thrilling grand final by less than a second over second-place Princeton. The Bulldogs came in at 6:20.155, just ahead of the Tigers, who finished in 6:20.932.
The Yale womens crew varsity eight has won three of the last five Eastern Sprints titles. In two of those years, Yale was beaten during the regular season. The Bulldogs hope for a similar result in 2010. On Apr. 17, Princeton cruised to a nearly seven-second victory over Yale. The Bulldogs look to avenge that loss and stay faster than the rest of a deep field on Sunday on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. The morning heats begin at 8 a.m. and the last event, the varsity eight grand final, is scheduled for 4:55 p.m.
The Yale womens crew varsity eight seems to have regained its stroke at the perfect time. The Bulldogs ended the regular season with an impressive victory over Brown on the Seekonk River. Yale finished in 6:06.00, more than two seconds faster than the Bears, who crossed the line in 6:08.40. Brown, though, won the second varsity, varsity four, third varsity and second varsity four races.
The latest chapter in the Yale-Brown womens crew rivalry is set for Saturday on the Seekonk River in Providence. The action is scheduled to get underway at 10:15 a.m. The winner of the varsity eight race will take home the Nat & Anne Case Cup.
The fourth-ranked Yale womens crew got back on track with an impressive performance against Radcliffe on Saturday on the Housatonic River. The Bulldogs won all five races, including the varsity eight to capture to Case Cup for the seventh straight year.
The Case Cup has been safely sitting in the trophy room at the Gilder Boathouse for six straight years. Yale will try to make sure it stays right there on Saturday when it races Radcliffe. Action on the Housatonic River gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Yales heavyweight crew will be racing Princeton and Cornell as well.
All eyes in collegiate womens crew circles will be on Lake Carnegie in New Jersey on Saturday morning. Thats where top-ranked Virginia, No. 4 Yale and No. 6 Princeton will be facing off beginning at 9 a.m. The Yale and Princeton varsity eights will be competing for the Eisenberg Cup.
Princetons varsity eight has been posting very impressive times throughout the early part of the 2010 spring rowing season. Yale saw first hand how fast the Tigers are Saturday on Lake Carnegie. Princeton, ranked first in the EAWRC Coaches Poll, reclaimed the Eisenberg Cup by defeating the Bulldogs and Virginia. The Tigers finished in an impressive 6:23.5, four seconds faster than Virginia (6:27.4) and seven seconds faster than Yale (6:30.3).
The Yale womens crew, ranked fourth in the nation, kept right on rolling Saturday in its first race of the spring season at Gilder Boathouse. The Bulldogs cruised to victories in all five races against No. 20 Dartmouth and Boston University on the Housatonic River. Yale won the varsity eight to capture the Class of 1985 Cup for the 11th straight year.
After opening the spring season with two straight road trips, the Yale womens crew finally gets to race on the friendly waters of the Housatonic River on Saturday. The Bulldogs, ranked fourth in this weeks CRCA-US Rowing poll, host No. 20 Dartmouth and Boston University beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Gilder Boathouse. The Class of 1985 Cup will be at stake in the varsity eight race.
Its been a difficult stretch for the Yale womens crew. First, there was the rising water on the Housatonic River at the Gilder Boathouse from a heavy rainstorm early in the week. Then several team members came down with a stomach virus that kept them from being at full strength for a busy weekend of racing. Through it all, though, the Bulldogs persevered. On Saturday on the Cayuga Inlet, Yale faced its first test against a nationally ranked opponent this season and passed with flying colors. The Bulldogs varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four all were victorious over seventh-ranked Michigan State in the morning. Yale then swept Buffalo in the afternoon.
The top-ranked Yale womens crew will face a big test this weekend. The Bulldogs will race four times in two days, starting Friday against Cornell and Syracuse. The teams will be competing for the Cayuga Cup. On Saturday, Yale faces No. 7 Michigan State in the morning and the University of Buffalo in the afternoon. All four races will be on the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca, N.Y.
Not even illness or a slight mishap midway through a race can slow down the top-ranked Yale womens crew. Head Coach Will Porter was forced to juggle his lineups due to a stomach virus that has hit his team, but the Bulldogs still managed to win four of five races against Cornell and Syracuse on Friday afternoon on the Cayuga Inlet.
Yale womens crew coach Will Porter still remembers his first meeting on campus with this years senior class in the fall of 2006. They had all grown a lot since the last time I had seen them, Porter said. During their time at Yale, the Class of 2010 has helped the Yale womens crew program grow into one of the most dominant in the nation. The Bulldogs have finished in the top four at the NCAA Championship in each of the last three years and will start the 2010 season ranked No. 1 in the nation. Yales first race is Saturday against Penn and Columbia on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The teams will be racing for the Connell Cup.
The Yale womens crew, ranked No. 1 in the nation, opened the spring season in impressive fashion. The Bulldogs topped Penn and Columbia in all five races, each by at least six seconds, to easily retain the Connell Cup on the Schuylkill River.
If the prognosticators are correct, the Yale womens crew is in for a very exciting 2010 season. The Bulldogs are ranked first in the preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Coaches Poll, released on Thursday. Yale garnered 459 points and six first-place votes. Defending NCAA champion Stanford is second followed by California, Virginia and Brown.