Bulldogs Face Cornell, Syracuse Saturday On Housatonic River
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Cayuga Cup has been sitting safely in the trophy case at Gilder Boathouse for nine years. The Yale women's crew hopes it stays right there after Saturday's race with Cornell and Syracuse. It won't be easy, however. Both the Big Red and Orange programs are on the rise. Racing on the Housatonic River gets under way at 8 a.m.
The Bulldogs, who remained sixth in this week's US Rowing/CRCA national poll, opened the spring season with victories in four of five races last Saturday against Columbia and Penn. Yale's varsity eight had a nearly three-second margin of victory over Penn.
Cornell, which will be racing for the first time this spring, is ranked 18th, its highest ranking since being No. 15 in 2000. The Big Red is coming off a solid campaign in 2010, as it finished in fourth-place in the Willing Point Trophy at the Eastern Sprints. Cornell also achieved its first national ranking since May 5, 2004, when the team came in at No. 20 last April. Following the season, head coach Hilary Gheman was named both the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year, and the EAWRC Head Coach of the Year.
Syracuse has a familiar face to long-time Yale crew fans guiding its program. Justin Moore was an assistant heavyweight crew coach for the Bulldogs in the mid 1990s. He guided the Yale freshmen to the 1996 Eastern Sprints title. Moore later became the Williams women's coach and led the crew to six NCAA Division III championships. He was named Syracuse's head coach last July.
The Orange opened its season last week against Boston University.
Schedule of Events
8 a.m. Third Varsity Eight
8:20 a.m. Varsity Four
8:40 a.m. Second Varsity
9 a.m. Varsity Eight
9:20 a.m. Varsity Four B & C
Varsity Eight - C: Sarah Brownlee (Sr., Tampa, Fla.); 8: Catherine McDermott (Jr., Cazenovia, N.Y.); 7: Dara Dickson (Jr., Lafayette, Calif.); 6: Caroline Nash (Sr., Darien, Conn.); 5: Natalie King (So., Weston, Conn.); 4: Amber Anderson (Fr., Richmond, United Kingdom); 3: Kathleen O'Keefe (Jr., Washington, D.C.); 2: Stephanie Madner (Sr., Kew Australia); 1: Maddie Lips (Fr., Parker, Colo.)
2nd Varsity Eight - C: Kristen Brownlee (Fr., Tampa, Fla.); 8: Eliza Hastings (So., Berwyn, Pa.); 7: Claire Tolson (Fr., San Mateo, Calif.); 6: Elizabeth McDermott (Jr., Cazenovia, N.Y.); 5: Armine Afeyan (Jr., Lexington, Mass.); 4: Kathryn D'Andrea (So., Darien, Conn.); 3: Jen Stockwood (Fr., Winchester, Mass.); 2: Nikki Grigg (Jr., Washington, D.C.); 1: Emily Tormey (So., Seattle, Wash.)
Varsity Four - C: Margaret Ayers (So., Portland, Maine); 4: Alexandra Fields (Sr., Rock Island, Ill.); 3: Brittany Bowman (Jr., West Grove, Pa.); 2: Georgia Separovich (Jr., New South Wales, Australia); 1: Elizabeth Kalina (Sr., Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.)
3rd Varsity Eight - C: Elisa Visher (Fr., Malibu, Calif.); 8: Mary Barrosse-Antle (Sr., Hockessin, Del.); 7: Lily Blair (Sr., Seattle, Wash.); 6: Abby Loucks (Fr., Dover, N.H.); 5: Lauren Ross (Sr., Princeton, N.J.); 4: Reynolds Ostrover (Greenwich, Conn.); 3: Sabrina Malak (Fr., Mullica Hill, N.J.); 2: Melissa Weigel (So., Annapolis, Md.); 1: Madeleine Faucher (So., Boise, Id.)
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity