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Varsity Four, Third Varsity Eight Win At Ivy Championship

Varsity Four (Tim Bennett photo)
Varsity Four (Tim Bennett photo)

Bulldogs Finish Third In Team Points

PRINCETON, N.J. – Two Yale crews won grand finals at the Ivy League Championship on Lake Carnegie. The varsity four edged Princeton and Brown in a close final and the third varsity eight cruised to a nearly five-second victory over the field.

Yale's varsity eight and second varsity eight both finished third to earn bronze medals.

"It's great to win two of four races," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "One of our goals is to have every athlete get a medal around their neck, which we accomplished.

The Bulldogs placed third in the team standings with 65 points. Brown won with 83 points followed closely by Princeton (80). Harvard-Radcliffe was fourth with 50 points. Penn (46), Dartmouth (28), Columbia (24) and Cornell (22) rounded out the scoring.

Princeton captured the varsity eight crown and secured the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship in two weeks in California.

The Bulldogs, who entered the day ranked seventh in the nation, should be in good shape to earn an at-large berth.

"I'm confident we will get an NCAA bid," Porter said.

Because of the forecast for high winds at Mercer County Park, the championship was moved to Princeton's home course on Lake Carnegie, which can only accommodate four lanes, resulting in two fewer crews in the grand finals.

Conditions were expected to be windy in the afternoon there as well so the decision was made yesterday afternoon to run both the heats and finals in the morning.

That meant the varsity eight grand final, usually the final event, was up first. The Tigers turned in a very impressive performance, finishing with a time of 6:28.039, more than three seconds faster than top-seeded Brown, who crossed the line in 6:31.588. Yale had a time of 6:41.745, well ahead of fourth-place Penn (6:50.281).

Brown won an exciting second varsity eight, edging Princeton 6:31.877 to 6:32.766. Yale came in at 6:37.392.

"Our 1V and 2V have more work to do before the NCAAs," Porter said.

Yale's varsity four led from wire-to-wire to win with an impressive time of 7:26.633. The real battle was for second place where Princeton (7:28.728) nipped Brown (7:28.843) in a photo finish. Harvard-Radcliffe was a distant fourth in 7:36.609.

"The four has been our best NCAA boat all season long," Porter said. "We have depth at that level and it is reflected in our speed. They held off a relentless push from Princeton and Brown."

Yale won the third varsity eight grand final for the second straight year, finishing in 6:57.461. Brown was second in 7:02.948 followed by Princeton (7:08.154) and Harvard-Radcliffe 4V (7:45.720).

The NCAA selection show is set for Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The NCAA Championships are May 27-29 in Rancho Cordova, Calif.


Varsity Eight:
Bow - Sophie Deans (So., Sydney, Australia)    
2 - Lydia Keating (Jr., Brookline, Mass.)      
3 - Julia Sesler (So., Bronxville, N.Y.)  
4 - Marybeth Swords (So., Sudbury, Mass.)
5 - Colleen Maher (Sr., Oakton, Va.)  
6 - Abbie Young (Sr., Barnstable, Mass.)  
7 - Schuyler Ritchie (Jr., London, England)
Stroke - Meg Galloway (So., Ridgefield, Conn.)
Coxswain: Jessica Michaels (So., Bangkok, Thailand)

Second Varsity Eight:
Bow - Amy Warner (So., East London, South Africa)
2 - Alison Nordell (Fr., Gates Mills, Ohio)
3 - Arwen Neski  (Fr., Ashley Falls, Mass.)                                
4 - Lily Lindsay (So., Harrison, N.Y.)        
5 - Kate O'Brien (Jr., Clare, Ireland)
6 - Martha Cosgrove (Sr., Winchester, Mass.)
7 - Casey Wizner (Jr., Grosse Pointe, Mich.)
Stroke - Mieke Scherpbier (Sr. Upper Dublin, Pa.)                          
Coxswain: Anisa Iqbal (Fr., Philadelphia, Pa. )

Varsity Four:
Bow - Kate Horvat (So., Philadelphia, Pa.)    
2 - Olivia Maclean (Jr., Harvard, Mass.)
3 - Mary Farner (Sr., Kalamazoo, Mich.)
Stroke - Kendall Chapin (Sr., Radnor, Pa.)
Coxswain: Sara Lee (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.)

Third Varsity Eight
Bow - Brit Sharon (Sr., Newton, Mass.)  
2 - Lane Unsworth (Fr., San Francisco, Calif.)
3 - Sera Bulbul (Fr., Geneva, Switzerland)
4 - Victoire Lienau (Fr., Paris, France)
5 - Emily Patton (Jr., Guilford, Conn.)
6 - Margaret Hendren (Sr., Medfield, Mass.)      
7 - Kate Flanders (So., Sarasota, Fla.)                              
Stroke - Sara Locke (Chertsey, United Kingdom)
Coxswain - Alisha Dziarski (Fr., Chesterton, Ind.)

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity