May 30, 2004
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA. -- The Yale women's crew team completed a remarkable run at the NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma by finishing second in the team competition with 58 points. It is the highest finish in school history for the Bulldogs, who were making their fifth appearance in the championships. Brown captured the NCAA title for the second time in the last three years with 70 points.
"The great part of today is it was a collective team effort," said Yale Head Coach Will Porter, who is in his fifth year at the helm. "I've said all year this is a great team. They have energy that you can't put into words, and it comes out when they race."
"This is a huge day for us," added captain Alicja Witkowski, who stroked the varsity boat. "After [Eastern] Sprints, we really buckled down and were committed to racing as fast as we ever have."
Yale began the day as one of only three teams in the 12-team field with all three boats in the Grand Final. The first boat to race was the varsity four, who placed fourth with a time of 7:34.4 and earned nine points. The members of the varsity four were Ari Romney, Katie Curran, Elizabeth Stowers, Christine Geiser and Emily Shuey.
The Bulldogs earned 16 points by placing fifth in the second varsity eight with a time of 6:50.4. Yale's second varsity was Emily Cleveland, Charlotte Taft, Jennifer Reifsnyder, Dinah Dimalanta, Rachel Withers, Catherine Wassenaar, Mary Kate Sullivan, Annemarie von der Goltz and Jennifer Draxl.
Yale entered the final race of the day, the varsity eight Grand Final, in third place behind Brown and California. The Bulldogs, though, picked up 33 points by finishing second with a time of 6:34.6, less than two seconds behind first-place Brown (6:32.9).
"This team has been a pleasure to coach," Porter said. "They are great athletes and great people."
NCAA Women's Rowing Championships
Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Team Scores: 1. Brown 70; 2. Yale 58; 3. Michigan 52; 4. California 51; 5. Washington 43; 6.
Princeton 36; 7. Virginia 36; 8. Ohio State 33; 9. Washington State 28; 10. Harvard 24; 11. Wisconsin 19; 12. Michigan State 18.
Varsity Four Grand Final
1. Virginia 7:27.5; 2. Washington 7:30.8; 3. Brown 7:32.2; 4. Yale 7:34.4; 5. California 7:39.3; 6. Ohio State 7:39.9
Second Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Brown 6:44.1; 2. California 6:46.8; 3. Washington State 6:47.0; Michigan 6:47.2; 5. Yale 6:50.4; 6. Washington 6:50.41
Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Brown 6:32.9; 2. Yale 6:34.6; 3. Michigan 6:37.1; 4. Princeton 6:37.7; 5. Ohio State 6:38.9; 6. California 6:40.1