Yale Wins Cayuga Cup For Ninth Straight Year
ITHACA, N.Y. – Not even illness or a slight mishap midway through a race can slow down the top-ranked Yale women’s 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.
The varsity eight captured the Cayuga Cup for the ninth straight year, despite running into some trouble midway through the race. Yale’s oars side-swiped a bridge near the 1,000-meter mark forcing stroke Taylor Ritzel to have to stop rowing. The Bulldogs had an open-water lead at the time and still managed to cruise to a 2.5-second victory over second-place Cornell. Yale finished in 6:27.4, while the Big Red came in at 6:29.8. Syracuse was third in 6:46.2. The Bulldogs were without senior Alice Henly, a four-year member of the varsity who was sick. She was replaced by Mary Pat Wixted.
In the second varsity, the Bulldogs won by more than two seconds, finishing with a time of 6:30.8. Cornell was second in 6:33.2 and Syracuse placed third (6:57.6).
The varsity four had the easiest time, cruising to a nearly 11-second victory over second-place Syracuse. The Bulldogs second varsity four also finished first.
Cornell won the third varsity eight race.
“We had to scramble a bit to fill our boats, but I’m pleased with the way we raced,” Porter said. “It showed even in a weakened state, we can still race at a high level.”
The Bulldogs don’t have a lot of time to recover. They face seventh-ranked Michigan State on Saturday morning on the Cayuga Inlet and then meet the University of Buffalo in the afternoon.
“We showed a lot of character today, and tomorrow will post a similar challenge,” Porter said.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity