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Club Eight Takes Gold; Championship Four Top Collegiate Finisher At Head Of Charles

Varsity eight (Tim Bennett photo)
Varsity eight (Tim Bennett photo)

Championship Eight Places 14th

BOSTON, Mass. – Yale had a pair of very strong performances at the annual Head of the Charles Regatta. The Bulldogs' club eight finished first, while the championship four was the top collegiate finisher, placing third overall.

Yale's championship eight finished 14th, which was somewhat disappointing, although the field included several international crews in addition to top collegiate crews.

"It was great to win the club eight and be the fastest college in the championship four," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "But it is never fun when the flagship is not doing well. A race result is what you are until the next result, and the varsity result was not very good. Clearly we have work to do, but we will get there. We have time, but we have to toughen up."

The club eight was the first to race, competing on Saturday, and finished nearly 13 seconds faster than second-place Holy Cross with a time of 16:49.64.

The championship four finished with a time of 19:15.68. Rowing Canada was first in 18:32.10 followed by the Vesper Boat Club in 18:57.11.

The championship eight had a time of 17:26.99. U.S. Rowing, which included Yale graduate and Olympic gold medalist Taylor Ritzel '10, won with a time of 16:13.49.

The Bulldogs will complete the fall season on Oct. 28 at the Princeton Chase.

"That's what it is about for this team," Porter said. "Keep working until we get what we want."

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity