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No. 10 Bulldogs Set For Ivy League Championship

varsity eight (Steve Musco photo)
varsity eight (Steve Musco photo)

All Five Yale Crews Seeded In Top Three

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a very successful first two months of the spring season, the Yale women's crew is eager to make an impact in the postseason. The first step is Sunday's Ivy League Championship on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J. The morning heats start at 8 a.m. and the finals kick off at 12:45 p.m.

The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) is set for live coverage of the entire championship with live audio of the morning heats and live video of the afternoon finals 

"The Ivy Championship has become a great race," said Will Porter, the Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Since the League left the Eastern Sprints the racing has become more intense - the heats are tougher, the finals are more brutal. It has less fluff and is more substance."

All five Yale crews are seeded in the top three.

"We want to perform to our seed or better," Porter said. "If we do that, we will have a good day."

The varsity eight final determines the Ivy League champion and the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. In addition, there will be a team points trophy, which is based on the results from all the crews.

Yale, ranked 10th in the latest CRCA US-Rowing national poll, figures to serious contenders for both titles. The varsity eight enters with a 13-3 record and is seeded third behind Brown and Princeton. The Bulldogs face Princeton, Columbia and Penn in the 9:10 a.m. heat with the top three finishers reaching the grand final.

"I expect a close final in the 1V," Porter said. "Brown and Princeton are very good, but I would not overlook Radcliffe and Cornell. They are both very capable of going fast. We just have to do our best to hang in there and look for an opening."

Yale's second varsity, which has a 15-3 record, also is seeded third behind Brown and Princeton. The Bulldogs face Princeton, Dartmouth and Cornell in the 8:50 a.m. heat.

Yale's varsity four is seeded second behind Brown. The Bulldogs and Bears had a thrilling race two weeks ago in Derby, with Brown winning by just three-tenths of a second. Yale is in the 8:20 a.m. heat, racing against Princeton, Cornell and Penn.

Yale's second varsity four and third varsity eight each have only one loss this spring and both are the top seeds.

The second varsity four is in the first heat of the morning at 8 a.m. facing Radcliffe, Penn and Columbia.

There is only a grand final in the third varsity eight and it is set to kick off the afternoon session at 12:45 p.m.

While the varsity eight winner will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship in two weeks in California, several crews figure to be strong contenders for at-large berths. Sunday will be the last opportunity to add to their resumes.

"The Ivy League has been strong all year." Porter said. "I expect us to get at least four bids to the NCAA's if selection is based on race results and speed."

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Yale Boatings

Varsity Eight:

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

Second Varsity Eight:

Bow - Amy Warner (Fr., East London, South Africa)
2 - Allison Nordell (Fr., Gates Mills, Ohio)  
3 – Amber Anderson (Sr., Richmond, United Kingdom)                                  
4 - Brit Sharon (Jr., Newton, Mass.)
5 - Kate O'Brien (So., Clare, Ireland)  
6 - Emily Patton (So., Guilford, Conn.)  
7 - Amina Edwards (Sr., Boston, Mass.)
Stroke - Mieke Scherpbier (Jr. Upper Dublin, Pa.)
Coxswain: Jessica Michaels (Fr., Bangkok, Thailand)

Varsity Four:

Bow - Abbie Young (Jr., Barnstable, Mass.)
2 - Sophie Deans (Fr., Sydney, Australia
3 - Kara Freeman (Sr., Longmeadow, Mass.)                                              
Stroke - Kristina Wagner (Sr., Weston, Mass.)
Coxswain: Laura Grimbergen (Sr., Redwood City, Calif.)

Second Varsity Four:

Bow - Kristjana Gudmundsson (Sr., Dallas, Texas)
2 - Julia Sesler (Fr., Bronxville, N.Y.)
3 - Casey Wizner (So., Grosse Pointe, Mich.)
Stroke  -  Kate Flanders (Fr., Sarasota, Fla.)
Coxswain: Sarah Weil (Sr., New York, N.Y.)

Third Varsity Eight

Bow - Sara Locke (So., Chertsey, United Kingdom)
2 - Anna Heckler (Fr., Colts Neck, N.J.)
3 - Natalie Lapides (Sr., New Haven. Conn.)  
4 – Kate Horvat (Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.)
5 – Mary Farner (Jr., Kalamazoo, Mich.)
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