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Bulldogs Kick Off Spring Season At Longhorn Invitational

Bulldogs Kick Off Spring Season At Longhorn Invitational

Yale Seeded First In Eight Team Field

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The ice on the Housatonic River has just about melted, but the Yale women's crew doesn't have to worry about that. The Bulldogs open the spring season at the Longhorn Invitational this weekend in Austin, Texas, where the high temperature on Saturday is expected to reach 77 degrees.

Yale is the top seed in the eight-team field that features Oklahoma, Texas, San Diego, Central Florida, Tulsa, Kansas State and Canisius.

"It is nice to be rowing rather than breaking ice," said Yale head coach Will Porter, who escorted his team to Texas earlier this week. "We are excited to have a chance to race multiple times so early in the season."

The Longhorn Invitational features two-lane, head-to-head racing on a 2,000-meter course.  For the second straight year, the Longhorn Invitational will include a scoring system and an overall team champion. 

Yale is optimistic heading into the 2014 season. The Bulldogs have earned a team berth into the NCAA Championship in each of the last 12 years and has had at least one crew compete in the last 14 years. Yale figures to be a strong contender for both the Ivy League title and another berth in the NCAAs.

Racing at the Longhorn Invitational starts on Saturday at 8 a.m. and continues on Sunday. Click here for all the information on the invitational.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity