Varsity Four Wins Petite Final At NCAA Championship

Ahsan Iqbal photo
Ahsan Iqbal photo

Bulldogs Place 11th At NCAA Championship

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – A more than two-second victory by the varsity four in the petite final helped Yale to an 11th place finish at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championship on Lake Natoma. Yale's three crews amassed 70 points, narrowly missing a top-10 finish for the 13th time in school history.

California won the NCAA title with 129 points, edging three-time defending champion Ohio State (126). Virginia (112) was third followed by Stanford (107), Washington (106), Brown (102) and Princeton (100). Texas (98), Wisconsin (80) and Michigan (75) rounded out the top-10.

Yale second varsity eight finished second in the petite final for an eighth place overall finish, two spots higher than its No. 10 seed.

In the varsity eight, the Bulldogs placed third in the C final.

"We have struggled all year to find top end speed in our 1v and it showed over the three days of racing at the NCAA's," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

"Our lower boats raced well and finished strong."

After narrowly missing qualifying for the grand final on Saturday, Yale's varsity four responded well in the petite final. The Bulldogs, the Ivy League champions, grabbed the lead in the first 500 meters and never looked back, finishing in 7:15.440. Princeton was second in 7:17.904 followed closely by Texas (7:17.940). Brown (7:20.518), Wisconsin (7:22.380) and Indiana (7:23.400) rounded out the field.

The crew for the Bulldogs is: stroke Kendall Chapin (Sr., Radnor, Pa.), Mary Farner (Sr., Kalamazoo, Mich.), Olivia Maclean (Jr., Harvard, Mass.), Kate Horvat (So., Philadelphia, Pa.) and coxswain Sara Lee (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.).

Yale also was locked in a battle with an Ivy League rival in the second varsity eight petite final where Brown grabbed the early lead and held off a couple of pushes from the Bulldogs to win with a time of 6:35.550. Yale crossed the line in 6:37.008, more than two seconds faster than third-place Stanford. Wisconsin (6:40.772), Washington State (6:41.811) and Michigan (6:42.600) rounded out the field.

The crew for the Bulldogs is: stroke - Mieke Scherpbier (Sr. Upper Dublin, Pa.), Casey Wizner (Jr., Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Martha Cosgrove (Sr., Winchester, Mass.), Kate O'Brien (Jr., Clare, Ireland), Lily Lindsay (So., Harrison, N.Y.), Amy Warner (So., East London, South Africa), Sophie Deans (So., Sydney, Australia), Lydia Keating (Jr., Brookline, Mass.) and coxswain: Anisa Iqbal (Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.).

Washington State captured the varsity eight C final with a time of 6:22.990. Gonzaga (6:24.932) edged the Bulldogs (6:25.156) for second place. Indiana (6:29.012) was fourth followed by Northeastern (6:30.827) and Duke (6:31.650).

The crew for Yale is: stroke Meg Galloway (So., Ridgefield, Conn.), Schuyler Ritchie (Jr., London, England), Marybeth Swords (So., Sudbury, Mass.), Julia Sesler (So., Bronxville, N.Y.), Arwen Neski  (Fr., Ashley Falls, Mass.), Alison Nordell (Fr., Gates Mills, Ohio), Abbie Young (Sr., Barnstable, Mass.), Colleen Maher (Sr., Oakton, Va.) and coxswain Jessica Michaels (So., Bangkok, Thailand).

Ohio State won varsity eight grand final, while California captured the second varsity eight and varsity four grand final.

With 11 freshmen and sophomores in the three crews, the Bulldogs figure to be strong contenders to return to the NCAA Championships next spring.  

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity