Yales Varsity Eight Edges Brown
Bulldogs Win By More Than Two Seconds
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale women's crew varsity eight seems to have regained its stroke at the perfect time. The Bulldogs ended the regular season with an impressive victory over Brown on the Seekonk River. Yale finished in 6:06.00, more than two seconds faster than the Bears, who crossed the line in 6:08.40. Brown, though, won the second varsity, varsity four, third varsity and second varsity four races.
“All the races were hard fought,” said Yale head coach Will Porter. “The margins in the lower boats were not necessarily indicative of how competitive the races were. Brown is very comfortable on its home course.”
In the varsity eight, Yale got off to a strong start and led by a length at the 1,000-meter mark. Brown made up some ground in the second half but the outcome was never really in doubt.
The Bulldogs have now beaten both Radcliffe and Brown since falling to Princeton and Virginia on Apr. 17.
“The turning point for us was after the Princeton race,” Porter said. “That got our attention. We've been hard at work trying to get faster. We've made strides, but I'm still not sure we've reached our full potential.”
Brown's second varsity rowed to an impressive seven-second win, finishing with a time of 6:15.60. Yale came in at 6:23.00.
The Bears won the varsity four by a little less than four seconds and also cruised to victories in the third varsity eight and second varsity four boats.
Yale entered the race ranked fourth in the nation, while Brown was fifth.
“I thought we rowed well today,” Porter said. “I like where we are heading into the Eastern Sprints.”
The Sprints are set for May 16 on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity