Second Varsity Eight Edges Crimson In Thrilling Race
DERBY, Conn. – The fourth-ranked Yale women's 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 most exciting race of the morning was the second varsity eight, which was decided by a seat. The Bulldogs finished in 6:20.20, while Radcliffe came in at 6:20.40.
“It was a really hard fought race,” said Yale head coach Will Porter. “I thought we showed great spirit and tenacity.”
Yale's varsity eight, which was coming off losses to Virginia and Princeton last week, rebounded in impressive fashion. The Bulldogs completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:01.60, nearly 20 seconds faster than Radcliffe.
“Our varsity was focused and raced a very solid piece,” Porter said.
Yale's varsity four cruised to a nearly six second win, finishing with a time of 7:01.40.
The Bulldogs also won the second varsity four and third varsity eight races.
“As a team we are progressing as we get ready for Eastern Sprints,” Porter said. “Today we took a step forward and are starting to reach our potential.”
Yale closes out the regular season with a big race at No. 5 Brown next Saturday.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity