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Yale Eight Edges Dutch Under-23 National Crew In Thriller At Henley Royal Regatta

Yale eight at the start
Yale eight at the start

Yale Advances To Saturday's Semifinals

Yale's eight provided the big crowd at the Henley Royal Regatta with one of the most thrilling races of Friday's session. The Bulldogs came from behind to defeat ASR Nereus, a Dutch Under-23 national crew, to advance to Saturday's semifinals.

Yale, competing for the Remenham Challenge Cup, won by ¾ of a length after trailing for much of the race. The Dutch crew features a couple of rowers who competed at the Rio Olympics.

"What a day for Yale women's crew," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "The eight race was one of the best Yale women's crew has ever rowed at Henley. Beating the Dutch U23 composite is a big win for us."

Yale's coxless four was defeated by Leander Club and Bath University in the quarterfinals of the Town Challenge Cup.

"The four raced their hearts out and left everything on the course," Porter said.

Yale's eight meets a crew from the Australian Training Center in the semifinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. England time (9:30 a.m. New Haven time). The University of Washington races Leander Club & University of London in the other semifinal earlier in the day.

"This team showed great toughness today," Porter said. "I could not be more proud of them."


Yale Boatings


Bow – Amy Warner (Sr., East London, South Africa)
2 – Julia Sesler (Sr., Bronxville, New York)
3 – Claire Dirks (Fy., Toronto, Ontario)
4 – Margaret Saunders (So., Arlington, Virginia)
5 – Arwen Neski (Jr., Ashley Falls, Massachusetts)
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)


Bow - Meg Galloway (Sr., Ridgefield, Connecticut)
2 – Sophie Deans (Sr., Sydney Australia)
3 – Victoire Lienau (Jr., Paris, France)
Stroke - Katie King-Smith (Fy., Oxford, United Kingdom)

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity