Bulldogs Complete Racing at Head of the Charles

Third varsity eight (Tim Bennett photo)
Third varsity eight (Tim Bennett photo)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Yale women's crew team finished its fall season by participating in the Head of the Charles regatta this past weekend. Yale sent four boats to the race—two Championship Eights, one Championship four and one Club Eight. The Elis finished in fourth and 28th place in the Championship Eights race, tenth in the Championship Fours, and third in the Club Eights.

The Yale women finished in fourth place in the Championship Eights, behind Princeton, UVA and Brown. The Bulldogs finished with an adjusted time of 15:58.467, just behind third place finisher, Brown, (15:58.062) and about ten seconds behind first place Princeton (15:48.314). The second Yale entry in the Championship Eights race finished with an adjusted time of 17:32.298.

"Racing yesterday and today went well," said captain Caroline Nash. "We were able to get out there in a pressure situation, lay down a piece, and see where we stand right now in the league."

In the Championship Fours race, Yale finished in tenth place with an adjusted time of 18:44.995. First place finisher, Cornell, recorded a time of 17:48.071. In the Club Eights race on Saturday, the Yale boat took third place with an adjusted time of 18:03.815. Riverside Boat Club recorded the best time--17:41.256--and second place finisher, Fordham, completed the course in 17:51.696.

At last year's Head of the Charles, the Bulldogs were the top collegiate finishers in the Championship Eighths, bested only by the World Champion USA eight and ASR Nereus--a composite crew of the top four pair rowers from the world championships. In the same event, Yale beat out the Canadian national team and Nautilus Rowing Club, which is a British entry of national team athletes. The Elis placed sixth in the Women's Championship Fours and second in the Women's Club Eights.

With the fall racing season now complete, the Yale women will now look forward to a long winter of training before the competitive spring season. This will give the Bulldogs plenty of time to prepare before they seek to defend their national title in May.

"We definitely have a lot of work to do as a team and within boats, but this year's group now has that much more experience to work from," noted Nash. "I'm really looking forward to bunkering down the next couple of months and finding new levels of fitness and speed across the board."

The Elis will next race against Penn and Columbia for the Connell Cup, on March 26.


Full results can be found here.


Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity