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No. 4 Bulldogs Face Big Test Against Top-Ranked Virginia, No. 6 Princeton

Yale's varsity eight rows in the 2009 NCAA Championship. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale's varsity eight rows in the 2009 NCAA Championship. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

All Three Varsity Eights Enter Saturday's Race Undefeated

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 NEW HAVEN, Conn. – All eyes in collegiate women's crew circles will be on Lake Carnegie in New Jersey on Saturday morning. That's 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.

The Bulldogs are undefeated in all three boats that compete for the NCAA Championship – the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four. Yale has victories over No. 7 Michigan State, No. 16 Dartmouth and No. 20 Cornell on its resume.

Princeton's varsity eight is seeded first in the EAWRC Coaches' poll. The Tigers' average margin of victory so far this season is nearly 15 seconds. Princeton already has Ivy League victories over Brown, Harvard, Cornell and Columbia.

Virginia took over the top spot in the national rankings after sweeping Michigan and Ohio State on Apr. 3. The Cavaliers also won the San Diego Crew Classic titles in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.

"UVA is the No. 1 ranked team in the country and Princeton's varsity eight is the No. 1 ranked crew in the EAWRC. We are going to do everything we can to keep it close," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "We have not been an underdog in a long time, so it will be a good test of our ability at this point in the long season.  We are hoping to represent Yale well and put up a result we can be proud of. I look forward to seeing the action unfold."

Yale has won the Eisenberg Cup in each of the last three years.

Race Schedule

9 a.m. – Second Varsity Four

9:20 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight

9:40 a.m.  – Varsity Four

10 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight

10:20 a.m. – Varsity Eight


Probable Yale Boatings vs. Virginia, Princeton

Varsity Eight

1- Natalie King (Fr., Weston, CT)

2- Caroline Nash (Jr., Darien, CT)

3- Maren McCrea (Sr., Larkspur, CA)                    

4- Alice Henly (Sr., Victoria, Australia)                           

5- Tess Gerrand (Sr., New South Wales, Australia)

6- Armine Afeyan (So., Lexington, MA)

7- Dara Dickson (So., Lafayette, CA)

8- Taylor Ritzel (Sr., Larkspur, CO)

c- Mia Kanak (Sr., Tokyo, Japan)


Second Varsity Eight

1- Catherine McDermott (So., Cazenovia, NY)

2- Mary Jo Toothman (So., Waynesburg, PA)

3- Kathryn D'Andrea (Fr., Darien, CT)

4- Kathleen O'Keefe (So., Washington, DC)

5- Stephanie Madner (Jr., Kew Australia)

6- Catherine Hart (Sr., Westmount, Quebec)

7- Allix Wilde (Sr., Bethesda, MD)

8- Eliza Hastings (Fr., Berwyn, PA)

C- Sarah Brownlee (Jr., Tampa, FL)


Varsity Four

1- Nikki Grigg (So., Washington, DC)

2- Alexandra Fields (Jr., Rock Island, IL)

3- Elizabeth McDermott (So., Cazenovia, NY)

4- Mary Pat Wixted (Sr., Moorestown, NJ)

C- Erica Segall (Fr., Andover, MA)


Third Varsity Eight

1– Emily Tormey (Fr., Seattle, WA)         

2- Ryan McCarthy (Sr., Pine Brook, NJ)

3- Brittany Bowman (So., West Grove, PA)       

4- Lily Blair (Jr., Seattle, WA)

5- Melissa Weigel (Fr., Annapolis, MD)

6- Georgia Separovich (So., New South Wales, Australia)

7- Mary Barrose Antle (Jr., Hockessin, DE)  

8- Katherine Dyke (So., Gastonia, NC)

C- Margaret Ayers


Second Varsity Four

1- Lauren Ross (Jr., Princeton, NJ)                   

2- Laura Gottesdiener (Sr., Newton, MA)

3- Julia Jolliffe (Fr., Middlesex, UK)                           

4- Amanda Grady (Jr., Orlando, FL)

C- Yassmin Parsaei (Fr., Savannah, GA)

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity