May 19, 2013

Varsity Eight, Varsity Four Capture Silver Medals At Ivy League Championship

Bulldogs Finish Fifth In Team Point Standings

Complete Results

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. – Two Yale crews, the varsity eight and varsity four, earned silver medals at the Ivy League Women's Rowing Championships on Sunday on the Cooper River.

The Bulldogs finished fifth overall with 54 points, one behind fourth-place Cornell. Princeton won the team point trophy with 81 points. The Tigers also earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship by virtue of their victory in the varsity eight grand final.

Yale, ranked ninth in the nation, would seem to be in good position to earn an at large berth when the 22-team field is announced on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "I certainly believe the [Ivy League] is deserving of five bids. There was some great, intense racing today."

After falling behind Princeton early, the varsity eight seemed poised to challenge the top-seeded Tigers by the midway point of the grand final. Yale was within half a boat length, but Princeton pulled away down the stretch to win by nearly seven seconds. The Tigers finished in 6:29.961, while the Bulldogs crossed the line in 6:36.859.

Yale earned its first varsity eight medal at the Ivy League Championships since 2010.

"We really found speed late in the season and came on hard," Porter said. "There is more push that can happen and we'll work to find it over the next two weeks."

Princeton had beaten Yale by nearly nine seconds in a dual-race on Apr. 20. Porter shuffled his lineup following that race, moving senior Eliza Hastings to the stroke. The Bulldogs then won their final three races of the regular season.

"Eliza was so strong as a leader," Porter said.

The varsity four grand final turned into a two-team race between Yale and Brown. The Bulldogs, who were seeded fourth, led by a little less than a second with 500 meters left, but Brown came from behind to win by nearly four seconds. The Bears finished in 7:39.511, while Yale came in at 7:43.215. Princeton was a distant third in 7:48.427.

"The four did a great job," Porter said. "They exceeded their seeding and really raced hard. I couldn't be more proud of them.

Yale's second varsity had a disappointing performance in the morning heat, finishing fourth sending it to the petite final. The Bulldogs cruised to a nearly 28-second victory to finish seventh overall. Yale's time of 6:59.413 would have been fast enough to place sixth in the grand final.

"Our second varsity had a hiccup in the heat," Porter said. "That is difficult to overcome at this level in such a closely matched field. They were able to rebound and post a respectable time in the petite final."

In the third varsity eight grand final, the Bulldogs placed fifth with a time of 7:41.409. Princeton won in 7:09.964.

Yale's second varsity four won the petite final, defeating Penn 8:20.646 to 8:42.408.

Yale Boatings

Varsity Eight: 1. Colleen Maher, 2. Maddie Lips, 3. Natalie King, 4. Kim Szokol, 5. Nina Demmerle, 6. Claire Tolson, 7. Abbie Young, 8. Eliza Hastings, coxswain: Kristen Brownlee

Second Varsity Eight: 1. Martha Cosgrove, 2. Kristina Wagner, 3. Kristjana Gudmundsson, 4. Abby Loucks,, 5. Emily Tormey, 6. Jen Stockwood, 7. Elizabeth Vincent, 8. Madeline Dinse, coxswain: Christine Devlin

Varsity Four: 1. Brit Sharon, 2. Kara Freeman, 3. Mieke Scherpbier, 4. Amina Edwards, coxswain: Margaret Ayers

Second Varsity Four: 1. Natalie Lapides, 2. Juliet Caragianis, 3. Regan Considine, 4. Mimi Reichenbach, coxswain: Laura Grimbergen

Third Varsity Eight: 1. Sabrina Malak, 2. Jane Kozey, 3. Emily Diana, 4. Sarah Weil, 5. Kendall Chapin, 6. Mary Farner, 7. Emma Hammarlund, 8. Christine Tsai,coxswain: Emily Cline

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity