May 29, 2008
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Yale varsity eight won't have to wait long to begin defense of its NCAA title. The Bulldogs' heat at 8 a.m. on Friday is the first race of the 2008 NCAA Team Championship on Lake Natoma. The second varsity races at 10 a.m. and the varsity four is off at 11 a.m.
"I think we are as ready as we've ever been," said Yale head coach Will Porter, whose team is making its seventh straight appearance at the NCAA Championships. "There are no slow teams. The challenge for us is to go as fast as we can over the three days."
The varsity eight, which is ranked third in nation, will race Michigan State, USC, Radcliffe, Wisconsin and Ohio State. The top three finishers advance to Saturday's semifinals. In the varsity boat for the Bulldogs are coxswain Mia Kanak, Taylor Ritzel, Christina Person, Tess Gerrand, Jamie Redman, Alice Henly, Maren McCrea, Caroline Nash and Christine Glandorf.
The second varsity eight of coxswain Berkley Adrio, Katherine Adams, Cara Dermody, Jennie Hansen, Catherine Hart, Stephanie Madner, Emily Matykiewicz, Lee Glandorf and Rebecca Nadal will race Ohio State, California, Michigan State, Tennessee and Radcliffe. The winner automatically earns a berth in Sunday's grand final. All other finishers compete in Saturday's repechage.
Yale's undefeated varsity four of coxswain Sarah Brownlee, Suzanne Salgado, Karrin Weisenthal, Allix Wilde and Alexandra Thompson has Washington, California, Princeton, Radcliffe and Wisconsin in its heat. The winner qualifies for Sunday's grand final, and the other finishers compete in Saturday's repechage.
Yale is making its eighth overall appearance in the team championships. The Bulldogs' best finish came in 2004 when they were second. Last year's varsity eight championship was Yale's first individual boat title, and the Bulldogs finished fourth as a team. Brown is the defending team champion.
Video of the races will be available the Official Web Site of the competition.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity