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No. 9 Bulldogs Race Columbia/Penn For Connell Cup

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

First Ivy League Race For Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After opening the spring season against mostly unfamiliar opponents at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational, the Yale women's crew is back on more common water this weekend. The Bulldogs race Columbia and Penn on Saturday at Overpeck Park in New Jersey. The varsity eight winner claims the Connell Cup. Racing kicks off at 8:30 a.m.

Yale, ranked ninth in this week's CRCA-US Rowing national poll, was finally able to practice on the Housatonic River this week after a seemingly never-ending winter. Despite not getting outside, the Bulldogs turned in an impressive performance in Oak Ridge. The varsity eight and second varsity eight both posted 6-1 records, knocking off the likes of Louisville, Tennessee, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Minnesota and Central Florida. The varsity four was a perfect 7-0, including defeating Virginia by nearly four seconds.

"It was a long and challenging spring break but nothing that every team in the Northeast isn't dealing with," said Will Porter, the Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Coming back from Oak Ridge, we have been working on finding separation between our crews, trying to get some racing lineup. I look forward to seeing how we handle our first league race."

Last year, Yale had relatively easy victories against Columbia and Penn at the Gilder Boathouse. The varsity eight was more than seven seconds faster than Penn and nine seconds better than Columbia. The varsity four won by 15 seconds, and the second varsity four had a nearly nine-second margin of victory.

Columbia opened its spring season last weekend in Florida. In the Governor's Cup, the Lions' varsity eight and second varsity eight finished second, while the varsity four won its race.

Penn, which received a vote the CRCA poll, cruised to victories over Saint Joseph and George Washington in its first race of the spring.

Race Schedule

8:30 - 3V8 (Penn/Yale only)

8:50 - 2V4 

9:10 - V4

9:30 - 2V8

9:50 - V8

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity