Bulldogs' Second Varsity Four Wins; Varsity Four Places Second
PRINCETON, N.J. – It seems each week, Yale is finding itself matched up with one of the hottest crews in the nation. On Saturday on Lake Carnegie, it was Southern California. The Trojans, ranked seventh as a team in the nation, were coming off a very impressive performance at the San Diego Crew Classic, and they kept the momentum going.
USC's varsity eight, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation and won the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic last week, defeated both Princeton and Yale. The Trojans finished in 6:24.6, nearly three seconds ahead of the second-place Tigers. The Bulldogs were third in 6:30.2. Princeton retained the Eisenberg Cup by finishing ahead of Yale.
The Bulldogs' best performances were turned in by the fours. The second varsity four cruised to a nearly 20-second win over Princeton, while the varsity four placed second, two seconds behind first-place Princeton, but two seconds ahead of third-place Southern California.
In the second varsity eight, USC edged Princeton by less than a second. Yale finished third.
In the third varsity eight, Princeton defeated Yale 6:50.2 to 7:09.3.
"We took a step forward today," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "We are starting to find our speed at the right time. I liked the fight we showed as a team. We really raced tough and that will help us in the weeks ahead. Princeton and USC are both very fast teams and we were able to move with them. I like what we are doing right now."
Princeton entered the regatta ranked fifth in the nation as a team.
The Bulldogs will be back at the Gilder Boathouse next Saturday when they race Radcliffe.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity