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Battle Of Top-10 Teams Saturday On Housatonic

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

No. 9 Yale Faces No. 7 Princeton

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Both Yale and Princeton are looking forward to racing at the Gilder Boathouse on Saturday. For the Bulldogs, it is their first home race of the spring season after a grueling month that saw last-minute venue changes, postponements, delays and challenging conditions. The Tigers, on the other hand, have raced at home on Lake Carnegie for three straight weeks so they are eager to test themselves on the road. Throw in the fact that both crews are ranked in the top-10 nationally and it should make for an exciting morning on the Housatonic River. The action kicks off with the second varsity four at 7:40 a.m. The varsity eights will be competing for the Eisenberg Cup at 8:40 a.m.

"The Eisenberg Cup is a race we always look forward to," said Will Porter, The Friends Of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Princeton is ranked ahead of us and will be very fast. We are excited to test our speed against them."

Perhaps more importantly, Porter is hoping for good conditions after a difficult last three weeks.

"We are looking for good water to race on," he said. "Anything without whitecaps or 20 mph gusts would be good."

The Bulldogs, ranked ninth, are enjoying a strong season. Their three NCAA crews - the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four - are a combined 39-2 so far.

Princeton's varsity eight beat Harvard-Radcliffe and Cornell last weekend but fell to Virginia. Yale's one varsity eight loss also came to Virginia back in March at the Cardinal Oak Ridge Invitational. Princeton is ranked seventh nationally.

Last year on Lake Carnegie, the Tigers edged the Bulldogs by a little less than three seconds in the varsity eight to win the Eisenberg Cup.

The Ivy League Digital Network will have video of Saturday's races.

Race Schedule

7:40 a.m. - Second Varsity Four
8 a.m. - Varsity Four
8:20 a.m. - Second Varsity Eight
8:40 a.m. - Varsity Eight
9:00 a.m. - Third Varsity Eight

Yale Boatings

Varsity Eight:
Bow - Lily Lindsay (Fr., Harrison, N.Y.)  
2 - Meg Galloway (Fr., Ridgefield, Conn.)
3 - Olivia Maclean (So., Harvard, Mass.)
4 - Marybeth Swords (Fr., Sudbury, Mass.)
5 - Colleen Maher (Jr., Oakton, Va.)                            
6 - Nina Demmerle (Sr., Greenwich, Conn.)
7 - Madeline Dinse (Sr., Portland, Ore.)
Stroke - Lydia Keating (So., Brookline, Mass.)
Coxswain: Christine Devlin (Sr., Harvard, Mass.)

Second Varsity Eight:
Bow - Abbie Young (Jr., Barnstable, Mass.)
2 - Brit Sharon (Jr., Newton, Mass.)
3 - Amy Warner (Fr., East London, South Africa)                                    
4 - Allison Nordell (Fr., Gates Mills, Ohio)
5 - Kristjana Gudmundsson (Sr., Dallas, Texas)
6 - Sophie Deans (Fr., Sydney, Australia)                                          
7 - Amina Edwards (Sr., Boston, Mass.)                                            
Stroke - Mieke Scherpbier (Jr., Upper Dublin, Pa.)
Coxswain: Laura Grimbergen (Sr., Redwood City, Calif.)
Varsity Four:
Bow - Kate O'Brien (So., Clare, Ireland)
2 - Emily Patton (So., Guilford, Conn.)
3 - Kara Freeman (Sr., Longmeadow, Mass.)                                              
Stroke - Kristina Wagner (Sr., Weston, Mass.)                              
Coxswain: Jessica Michaels (Fr., Bangkok, Thailand)
Second Varsity Four:
Bow - Martha Cosgrove (Jr., Winchester, Mass.)            
2 - Kate Flanders (Fr., Sarasota, Fla.)
3 - Casey Wizner (Grosse Pointe, Mich.)
Stroke  - Julia Sesler (Fr., Bronxville, N.Y.)                                          
Coxswain: Sarah Weil (Sr., New York, N.Y.)
Third Varsity Eight
Bow - Sara Locke (So., Chertsey, United Kingdom)  
2 - Anna Heckler (Fr.,)                                            
3 - Mary Farner (Jr., Kalamazoo, Mich.)            
4 – Kate Horvat (Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.)
5 – Natalie Lapides (Sr., New Haven. Conn.)
6 - Schuyler Ritchie (So., London, England)
7 - Margaret Hendren (Jr., Medfield, Mass.)
Stroke - Kendall Chapin (Jr., Radnor, Pa.)
Coxswain: Sara Lee (So., Charlotte, N.C.)
Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity