CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Yale women's crew team turned in a very strong performance this weekend at the Head of the Charles regatta in Cambridge, Mass. The Bulldogs were the top collegiate finishers in the Women's Championship Eights, bested only by the World Champion USA eight and ASR Nereus--a composite crew of the top four pair rowers from the world championships. Additionally, the Elis placed sixth in the Women's Championship Fours and second in the Women's Club Eights.
In the premier event of the regatta, the Championship Eights, the Bulldogs finished third overall with a time of 16:43.750. ASR Nereus won the gold with a time of 16:08.165. As the top collegiate finisher, Yale even beat out the Canadian national team (17:04.191) and Nautilus Rowing Club (16:45.547), which is a British entry of national team athletes.
Head coach William Porter commented on the team's performance, "The fall races are not always viewed as important but any time we put on a Yale uniform and line up against other schools and keep track of the time, we want to win. Some coaches may say the fall doesn't matter but it does to us."
In a day of very tough conditions, the Elis also finished second in the Club Eights and sixth in the Championship Fours. In the Club Eights, the Yale time of 17:12.375 was bested only by University of Virginia with 17:03.732. In the Championship Fours, Yale finished with a time of 19:21.578, behind Old Glory Boat Club's winning time of 18:14.587.
"I am pleased with the way we raced under miserable conditions," said coach Porter. "At the end of the day everyone has to race in the same conditions and it becomes an excuse or just another part of the challenge. I thought we did a good job of meeting the challenge."
As the team looks forward to the rest of the season, coach Porter reflected on their performance thus far, "I am proud of our team. We do have some work to do with our younger athletes to strengthen the middle of our team but we are getting there."
Full results from the regatta can be found here.
The Bulldogs will finish their fall season next weekend with the Princeton Three-Mile Chase.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity