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Varsity Four Remains Undefeated; Princeton Retains Eisenberg Cup

Varsity Four Remains Undefeated; Princeton Retains Eisenberg Cup

Varsity Eight Finishes Less Than Two Seconds Behind Tigers

DERBY, Conn. – The Yale women's crew varsity four remained undefeated on the spring season, but Princeton retained the Eisenberg Cup, edging the Bulldogs by less than two seconds in the varsity eight race on Saturday morning on the Housatonic River. It was Yale's first home race of the season and perhaps the best conditions the Bulldogs have raced in all season.

Princeton, ranked seventh in the nation, also captured the second varsity eight race. The Bulldogs are ranked ninth.

Yale's varsity four improved to 14-0 with an impressive victory over the Tigers. The Bulldogs crossed the line in 6:54.9, nearly four seconds faster than Princeton, who came in at 6:58.6.

Yale's second varsity four also won, finishing with a time of 6:59.8, almost three seconds faster than Princeton (7:02.7).

Yale's third varsity eight turned in the most impressive performance of the day, rolling to a nearly 10-second win with a time of 6:30.9.

In the varsity eight, Princeton had a time of 6:08.9, edging Yale which finished in 6:10.3.

The second varsity eight also had a close race. Princeton crossed the line in 6:19.9, while Yale came in at 6:22.

"Princeton beat us today in the top two boats," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "The races could have gone either way but give credit to them for taking the wins. 

"Right now we are just a step behind them in our rise to speed. I would expect them to continue to get faster. If we want to run with the top crews in our league we are going to have to learn how to get off the line."

The Bulldogs are back on the road next weekend, racing at Harvard on the Charles River.

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