Varsity Four, Second Varsity Four, Third Varsity Eight All Win Grand Finals
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – It was a day to remember for the Yale women's crew at the Ivy League Championship. All five Yale crews finished either first or second as the Bulldogs captured the overall team points trophy, amassing 78, eight more than second-place Princeton. Yale's varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity eight all won Ivy titles, while the varsity eight and second varsity eight each finished second.
"This crew has personified team all year," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "They have worked together side by side, and all have been committed."
It is the first time Yale has won the overall points title at the Ivy League Championship. The Bulldogs, though, did win the Charles Willing Team Trophy for overall supremacy at Eastern Sprints three times under Porter, with the last coming in 2010. The inaugural Ivy League Championship was in 2013.
Princeton won the varsity eight grand final to earn the official Ivy League title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs, though, should receive an at-large bid to the NCAAs when the field is announced on Tuesday afternoon.
"I believe our work today will get us an NCAA bid," Porter said.
Brown finished third in the points standings with 64, followed by Radcliffe-Harvard (50), Penn (46), Dartmouth (37), Columbia (17) and Cornell (15).
Yale's two fours led the way as both captured the grand final for the second straight year. The varsity four has now won the Ivy title in each of the last three years.
Porter was quick to praise assistant coach Jamie Snider, who is in charge of the two four crews.
"His presence is important to everything we do," Porter said.
In the grand final, the varsity four used a strong start to build an early lead and then held off a late charge from Radcliffe-Harvard. Yale finished with a time of 7:37.659, nearly three seconds faster than the Crimson, who crossed the line in 7:40.426. Brown (7:43.829) was third followed by Dartmouth (7:58.203) and Penn (8:06.719). Cornell was disqualified for a weight violation.
Yale cruised to victory in the second varsity four. The Bulldogs had a time of 8:02.697, almost five seconds faster than second-place Princeton (8:07.694). Brown (8:11.437) placed third followed by Cornell (8:12.721), Penn (8:14.084) and Dartmouth (8:39.191).
"It's really hard to win [at the Ivy League Championship]," Snider said. "[Both fours] were really determined after our last race. I'm very proud of their effort."
Porter also commended assistant coach Laura Simon for her work with the third varsity eight. They got the Bulldogs off to a strong start with a dominant performance in the grand final, the opening final of the afternoon. Yale finished with a time of 7:09.766, nearly five seconds faster than second-place Brown (7:14.271). Dartmouth (7:20.436) was third followed by Princeton (7:33.296) and Radcliffe-Harvard (7:36.336).
Simon has now guided Yale to third varsity titles in two of her three years with the Bulldogs.
"Laura has really made a mark on this team," Porter said. "She is one heck of a recruiter and has been a pleasure to work with."
The varsity eight grand final turned into a two-way battle between Princeton and Yale. The Tigers grabbed the early lead and then held off a couple of pushes from the Bulldogs. Princeton finished in 6:37.176, while Yale crossed the line in 6:40.036. Penn (6:43.970) was a surprising third followed by Brown (6:44.641), Radcliffe-Harvard (6:50.578) and Dartmouth (6:52.161).
Princeton also won the second varsity eight, finishing in 6:47.136. The Bulldogs were second with a time of 6:49.994. Brown (6:52.541) placed third followed by Radcliffe-Harvard (7:03.521), Penn (7:07.347) and Dartmouth (7:18.964).
"Credit to Princeton. They were very fast in both boats," Porter said. "We made some adjustments in both crews, and I thought we raced well. We are still a work in progress. Hopefully we have one more gear left."
NOTES: In addition to Snider and Simon, Porter also had high praise for strength and conditioning coach Jim Ronai. "He has really helped us get stronger," Porter said… The All-Ivy teams were announced after the races. In the past, the nine members of the winning varsity eight were first team All-Ivy, while the second-place varsity eight earned second team honors. This year, the coaches nominated athletes and the number selected from each school was based on the finish of the varsity eight. The Bulldogs had Daisy Mazzio-Manson and Lily Lindsay selected to the first team, and Marybeth Swords, Hannah Malzahn and Amy Warner named to the second team… The day got off to a bit of a rough start for a couple of the members of the varsity eight. The hotel the team was staying at lost power and three rowers were stuck in an elevator for about 30 minutes… The NCAA Championship is set for May 25-27 in Sarasota, Fla.
Big day at the Ivy League Championship continues. Varsity four captures the grand final, holding off Harvard-Radcliffe. pic.twitter.com/sYhCf9klz3— Yale Women's Crew (@YaleWomensCrew) May 13, 2018
2V4 makes it two-for-two for the Bulldogs, winning the grand final by a wide margin. pic.twitter.com/6XNkOKyhz8— Yale Women's Crew (@YaleWomensCrew) May 13, 2018
Great start to the Ivy League Championship for the Bulldogs. Yale wins the 3V8 grand final. pic.twitter.com/2RkxGSp1ou— Yale Women's Crew (@YaleWomensCrew) May 13, 2018
Bow – Amy Warner (Sr., East London, South Africa)
2 – Lily Lindsay (Sr., Harrison, New York)
3 – Arwen Neski (Jr., Ashley Falls, Massachusetts)
4 – Margaret Saunders (So., Arlington, Virginia)
5 – Ella von der Schulenburg (So., Zurich, Switzerland)
6 – Alison Nordell (Sr., Gates Mills, Ohio)
7 – Marybeth Swords (Sr., Sudbury, Massachusetts)
Stroke – Daisy Mazzio-Manson (So., Wellesley, Massachusetts)
Coxswain – Hannah Malzahn (Jr., Edmond, Oklahoma)
Second Varsity Eight:
Bow – Victoire Lienau (Jr., Paris, France)
2 – Claire Grundig (So., San Carlos, Calif.)
3 – Meg Galloway (Sr., Ridgefield, Connecticut)
4 – Sophie Deans (Sr., Sydney Australia)
5 – Kate Flanders (Sr., Sarasota, Florida)
6 – Julia Sesler (Sr., Bronxville, New York)
7 – Kate Horvat (Sr., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Stroke – Katie King-Smith (Fy., Oxford, United Kingdom)
Coxswain – Aparajita Chauhan (Fy., Seattle, Wash.)
Bow - Katie Gleason (So., Sudbury, Mass.)
2 – Sera Bulbul (Jr., Geneva, Switzerland)
3 – Claire Dirks (Fy., Toronto, Ontario)
Stroke - Margaux Paradis (So., San Francisco, California)
Coxswain – Anisa Iqbal (Jr., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Second Varsity Four:
Bow – Riley Eversole (Fy., Oakland, Calif.)
2 – Jenna van de Grift (Fy., San Diego, Calif.)
3 – Lane Unsworth (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.)
Stroke – Hannah Knight (Jr., Weston, Mass.)
Coxswain – Alisha Dziarski (Jr., Chesterton, Ind.)
Third Varsity Eight:
Bow – Lillie Ketterson (Fy., Boston, Mass.)
2 – Anna Heckler (Sr., Colts Neck, N.J.)
3 – Elizabeth Duserick (So., Arlington, Massachusetts)
4 – Hannah Smith (So., Long Beach, Calif.)
5 – Elizabeth Cooper (Fy., Melbourne, Australia)
6 – Tessa Mapplebeck (Fy., Sydney Australia)
7 – Grace Galloway (Fy., Sydney Australia)
Stroke – Alexia Rojas (So., Tampa, Florida)
Coxswain – Hannah Yi (Fy., Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity