Bulldogs Finish as Top Collegiate Eight at Head of Charles

Oct. 19, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The defending national champion Yale varsity eight finished first among all collegiate boats -- and third overall -- to highlight the Bulldogs' performance at the 44th Head of the Charles Sunday. The Bulldogs finished in 16:25.331, bested only by the Canadian National Team (London Training Center, 16:02.507) and the Dutch National Team (ASR Nereus, 16:14.964). Yale also finished first among all collegiate boats, and third overall, in the Championship Fours Sunday and got a first-place overall finish in the Club Eights Saturday.

"I'm just really happy that every kid that raced is coming away with a medal," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "It's not very often that that happens. This was just another good day for Yale Women's Crew."

Among the crews Yale placed ahead of in the Championship Eights were fifth-place USRowing Training Center (16:30.359), which is the U.S. Under-23 National team and featured two Olympians, and seventh-place Brown (16:43.313), the crew that edged the Bulldogs by just over a second at Eastern Sprints last spring.

The Bulldogs' time of 18:17.086 in the Championship Fours was bested only by Roforeningen Kvik (18:01.011) and London Training Center (18:02.729). The closest collegiate four to the Bulldogs was fifth-place Stanford (18:32.721).

In the Club Eights Saturday Yale finished in 16:47.894, well ahead of second-place ASR Nereus (17:10.952) and third-place Lake Union Crew (17:32.547). Lehigh (18:00.860) was the next-best collegiate crew.

Yale returns to the water next Sunday at the Princeton Chase.