April 24, 2004
The Elis reclaimed the Case Cup from Radcliffe, the reigning 2003 NCAA Champions, on the Housatonic River in Derby, CT. Yale led the entire race and defeated the Crimson by five seconds to win back the cup.
Yale's time of 6:05.8 was nearly five seconds faster than Radcliffe, who stroked to a 6:10.7 finish. The Elis, who began the race at a pace of 42 strokes per minute but settled at 36 at the 500-meter mark, led the entire race, but were challenged from behind by the Crimson.
"Radcliffe is a high-caliber crew, which means you are never able to break free from them," said Will Porter, head coach of Yale women's crew. "This shows that were are able to compete at that level. We really worked on our starts since Princeton."
The Crimson defeated the Elis in the Novice Eight, but Yale was victorious by a slight margin in the 2nd Varsity Eight. In the 3rd Varsity Four, Radcliffe bested the Bulldogs.
Yale will travel to Brown May 1st to take on the Bears.
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1st Novice Eight R: 6:44.8 Y: 6:57.9
2nd Varsity Eight Y: 6:20.7 R: 6:21.4
3rd Varsity Four R: 7:18.2 Y: 7:22.7
Varsity Eight Y: 6:05.8 R: 6:10.7