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Bulldogs Place Eighth At NCAA Championship

(Ahsan Iqbal photo)
(Ahsan Iqbal photo)

Highest Ivy League Finisher For Second Straight Year, Another Top-10 Finish

For the second straight year, Yale was the highest Ivy League finisher at the NCAA Championship. The Bulldogs amassed 93 points, one more than Princeton, to finish eighth overall. It was the 14th top-10 finish in the last 17 years for the Bulldogs.

"We are pumped to be the top Ivy again this year," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We raced hard as a team. Every boat fought for points."

Yale had two crews reach the grand final. Both the second varsity eight and varsity four finished sixth. The varsity eight had a strong performance in the petite final, placing third.

"The NCAA regatta has become extremely challenging with great crews in every event 10 to 12 deep," Porter said. "The difference between finishing in the grand final or the petites can be fractions of a second. With the current regatta progression, having the repechage on the same day as the heat seeding is the deciding factor of your success. Get a good heat and you are all set. A bad one and you're sunk."

California captured the NCAA title with 130 points, edging defending champion Washington, which had 128 points. Texas was third with 115 points followed by Stanford (104), Virginia (104), Ohio State (101) and Michigan (95).

Because of the impending storm in the Sarasota, Florida, area, the event was shortened to two days with the semifinals and finals both on Saturday.

The second varsity eight, which was seeded 12th, was the sixth fastest in the nation. The Bulldogs finished with a time of 6:37.854. Washington won the grand final in 6:21.081. California (6:27.201) was second followed by Virginia (6:28.264), Michigan (6:28.576) and Texas (6:30.519).

The varsity four also was the sixth fastest in the nation. Yale had a time of 7:21.908. California (7:00.798) edged Washington (7:01.626) in a close final. Ohio State (7:09.748) was third followed by Texas (7:14.023) and Michigan (7:18.476).

In the varsity eight petite final, Yale went toe-to-toe with Virginia, Southern California and Michigan. UVA was first in 6:28.633, followed by USC (6:29.138), Yale (6:30.866) and Michigan (6:30.981).

"All of our crews performed to their seed or finished higher," Porter said. "The 2V was seeded 12th and finished sixth."

The future appears bright for the Bulldogs, who won the team points title at the Ivy League Championship. A majority of the rowers in each crew will return next season.


Varsity Eight:                                                                                                               

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.)           

Varsity Four:

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)

Riley Eversole (Fy., Oakland, Calif.)
Hannah Knight (Jr., Weston, Mass.)

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity