PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale women's crew team finished its fall season with a strong win at the Princeton Three-Mile Chase on Sunday. The Bulldogs took first, sixth, 13th and 38th place in the Women's Varsity Eight at Lake Carnegie. The first place finish for the "Yale A" boat signifies a "three-peat" for the Yale women at the Princeton Three-Mile Chase.
"As a team we raced with poise in a very crowded venue," said head coach William Porter. "Just getting on the water and to the start in one piece was an accomplishment, the start was a mess with crews tangled up. It was a bit crazy but they were all able to focus and get the job done."
The Bulldogs certainly did get the job done, with a winning time of 14:46.323, more than two seconds ahead of second-place finisher UVA, who was the NCAA runner-up in the Varsity Eight last year. Third and fourth place finishers Princeton and Brown were well off the pace with times of 15:02.822 and 15:29.869 respectively. In fifth place, the "UVA B" boat was able to edge out the "Yale B" boat by just 0.6 of second. The other two Yale entries in the race finished in 13th and 38th place.
"The Chase is a great event," commented Porter. "It gives us the feedback we need before we go into winter training. Based on today's performances we have plenty to get to work on. We need to improve our fitness and our strength as a team."
Thus having finished their final race of the fall season with a win, the Elis will look to train hard during the winter months in preparation for the more significant spring season.
"I look forward to getting indoors," said Porter. "Our tanks are the best in the country; we are lucky. I cannot wait to get to work on a little Yale indoor rowing- Y.I.R.T!"
Full results from the race can be found here.
The Bulldogs will open their spring season on Mar. 27th with races against Penn and Columbia in Philadelphia.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity