April 2, 2011

Bulldogs Win Three Of Four Races But Cornell Captures Cayuga Cup

Second Varsity, Varsity Four, Third Varsity Victorious For Yale

Complete Results

DERBY, Conn. – Tight racing highlighted Saturday's battle between the Yale, Cornell and Syracuse women's crews on the Housatonic River. Three of the four races were decided by less than three seconds. Cornell claimed the Cayuga Cup by winning the varsity eight, while the Bulldogs captured the three other races.

The second varsity eight was the closest race of the day. The Yale crew of Kristen Brownlee, Eliza Hastings, Claire Tolson, Elizabeth McDermott, Armine Afeyan, Kathryn D'Andrea, Jen Stockwood, Nikki Grigg and Emily Tormey edged Cornell by less than two seconds. The Bulldogs finished in 6:30.0, while Cornell came in at 6:31.6. Syracuse was third in 6:44.5.

Yale's varsity four of coxswain Margaret Ayers, Alexandra Fields, Brittany Bowman, Georgia Separovich and Elizabeth Kalina won by nearly three seconds with a time of 7:08.9. Cornell (7:11.6) was second followed by Syracuse (7:42.9).

In the third varsity eight, the Bulldogs cruised to a nearly 11-second victory, finishing with a time of 6:49.2. The crew for Yale was coxswain Elisa Visher, Mary Barrosse-Antle, Lily Blair, Abby Loucks, Lauren Ross, Reynolds Ostrover, Sabrina Malak, Melissa Weigel and Madeleine Faucher.

Cornell jumped out in front and held on in the varsity eight. The Big Red crossed the line in 6:17.9, just ahead of the second-place Bulldogs, who finished in 6:17.9. Syracuse (6:39.5) was a distant third. The crew for Yale was coxswain Sarah Brownlee, Catherine McDermott, Dara Dickson, Caroline Nash, Natalie King, Amber Anderson, Kathleen O'Keefe, Stephanie Madner and Maddie Lips.

"As a team, we competed well," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "Our first varsity did everything right but close. I give Cornell credit. They were the better crew today."

The Bulldogs race Boston University and Dartmouth for the Class of 1985 Cup next Saturday on the Charles River.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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