April 30, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The road doesn't get any easier for the Yale women's crew. After defeating Virginia and Radcliffe last weekend in the varsity races, the Bulldogs meet defending NCAA champion Brown on Saturday morning. Racing starts at 6:30 a.m. on the Seekonk River.
"This weekend will be a big challenge for us," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "Brown is the defending NCAA champion, but we are not looking to beat Brown. We are just looking to go fast. In fact, we hope Brown goes fast as well."
The Yale varsity eight victory over third-ranked Virginia and No. 12 Radcliffe propelled the Bulldogs back into the top spot in the CRCA/US Rowing national poll. Yale was ranked first in the preseason poll but was overtaken by California after the opening weekend of racing. The Bulldogs received 13 of 22 first-place votes this week and have 431 points, four more than second-ranked Cal.
Saturday's race with the Bears concludes the regular season. Yale competes in the EAWRC Sprints on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., on May 18, and should be in good position to receive a bid to the NCAA Team Championships beginning May 30 on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
"We have shown that we can be tough at home on our course but from now on we have to do it on the road," Porter said. "We need to do a better job getting off the line in all our crews. I think we can go faster by continuing to work on the small things throughout the race course that make the difference. We are slowly closing in on our best stuff."
Brown is coming off a sweep of Columbia and Cornell last weekend in Ithaca, N.Y. The Bears' varsity eight is ranked 10th.
6:30 - Varsity Eight
6:50 - Second Varsity Eight
7:10 - Novice Eight
7:30 - Varsity Four
7:50 - Varsity Four B
8:10 - Second Novice Four
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity