Varsity Four Remains Undefeated
BOSTON – Another cup is back in the hands of the Yale women's crew. The Bulldogs' varsity eight cruised to a five-second victory Saturday on the Charles River, defeating Clemson, Boston University and Dartmouth. The wins over BU and the Big Green allowed Yale to reclaim the Class of 1985 Cup.
Dartmouth had won the cup last year after a thrilling varsity eight race that was determined by a photo finish.
"It is great to win back the Yale Class of 1985 Cup," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "It is an important race in our season."
Yale also won the varsity four and second varsity four races.
The Bulldogs' three NCAA crews are off to a strong start this season. The varsity eight and second varsity eight both have 5-1 records, while the varsity four is undefeated at 6-0.
"This year has been all about getting back to basics, and the senior class has done a good job of re-establishing a humble work ethic that we have not had around here in a long time," Porter said.
Yale's varsity eight finished with a time of 6:31.6, five seconds faster than Clemson. Boston University was third at 6:43.9 followed by Dartmouth at 6:44.9.
The varsity four wasn't seriously threatened in a nearly eight-second victory. The Bulldogs finished 7:45.8. Clemson (7:53.3) was second followed by Boston University (8:02.2) and Dartmouth (8:09.2).
Yale's second varsity four turned in the most impressive performance, finishing with a time of 7:56, nearly 20-seconds faster than second-place Dartmouth.
"We took another step forward this week and raced well with the same speed we have been training with," Porter said. "It is good to stay consistent with our speed. It is coming. We are building."
Clemson won the second varsity eight and third varsity eight races. Racing the Tigers, ranked 14th in the nation, gave the Bulldogs an opportunity to test themselves against an out-of-region opponent.
"It was great of Clemson to travel up and race us," Porter said. "They are well coached and well travelled this year. They have raced against the Pac-10, Big East, Colonial and Ivy league to list a few, and it is good for us to have an overlap result with them. It will help us come NCAA selection day."
The Bulldogs will get another big test when they host No. 5 Princeton next Saturday at Gilder Boathouse.
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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity