April 15, 2011

No. 1 Princeton, No. 10 Ohio State In Town Saturday

Bulldogs Looking To Reclaim Eisenberg Cup

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's crew spent much of the last four years at or very near the top of the national rankings. That put a big target on Yale's back in each race. The roles will be reversed for the Bulldogs on Saturday when No. 1 Princeton along with No. 10 Ohio State visits Gilder Boathouse. Racing kicks off at 8 a.m. The Yale and Princeton varsity eights will be racing for the Eisenberg Cup.

"Both Princeton and Ohio State are ranked above us, so this will be a hard race," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "This is what it is all about - racing fast crews and trying to do our best. I saw Princeton last week in Boston, and they are awesome. It is hard to imagine anyone in the country being within a length of them."

The Bulldogs, ranked 11th, are coming off a strong performance last weekend against Dartmouth and Boston University. Yale won all four races, and the closest margin of victory was a little over seven seconds.

Princeton, ranked No. 1 now for the third straight week, has won its last 20 regular-season regattas. The Tigers' varsity eight is 6-0 on the season, and their top three boats (1V, 2V, V4) have gone a combined 17-1 on the season.

Princeton won the Eisenberg Cup last year, finishing four seconds ahead of the Bulldogs. Yale, though, rebounded to edge the Tigers at Eastern Sprints.

Ohio State will be making its first road trip of the season, though it owns wins over Top-15 programs Clemson and Michigan.

Race Schedule

8:00          W3V8

8:15          WV4

8:30          W2V

8:45          V8

9:00        V4B (no yale entry)

Yale Boatings

Varsity Eight - C: Sarah Brownlee (Sr., Tampa, Fla.); 8: Caroline Nash (Sr., Darien, Conn.); 7: Dara Dickson (Jr., Lafayette, Calif.); 6: Stephanie Madner (Sr., Kew Australia);  5: Natalie King (So., Weston, Conn.); 4: Armine Afeyan (Jr., Lexington, Mass.); 3: Maddie Lips (Fr., Parker, Colo.); 2: Catherine McDermott (Jr., Cazenovia, N.Y.);  1: Eliza Hastings (So., Berwyn, Pa.)

2nd Varsity Eight - C: Kristen Brownlee (Fr., Tampa, Fla.); 8: Elizabeth McDermott (Jr., Cazenovia, N.Y.); 7: Amber Anderson (Fr., Richmond, United Kingdom); 6: Kathleen O'Keefe (Jr., Washington, D.C.); 5: Jen Stockwood (Fr., Winchester, Mass.); 4: Kathryn D'Andrea (So., Darien, Conn.); 3: Georgia Separovich (Jr., New South Wales, Australia); 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: Elizabeth Kalina (Sr., Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.; 2: Lauren Ross (Sr., Princeton, N.J.); 1: Brittany Bowman (Jr., West Grove, Pa.)

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: Sabrina Malak (Fr., Mullica Hill, N.J.) ; 4: Reynolds Ostrover (Greenwich, Conn.); 3: Madeleine Faucher (So., Boise, Id.); 2: Melissa Weigel (So., Annapolis, Md.); 1: Jane Kozey (Fr., Ansonia, Conn.)

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity