Bulldogs Open 2006-07 Campaign

Oct. 4, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's crew team will open their new season on friendly waters Saturday afternoon in the Head of the Housatonic. The Bulldogs will face competition from various collegiate crews, including Northeastern, whose varsity boat finished second behind Yale in the 2005 event.

In the head-style event, boats will be racing against the clock in staggered intervals up the 3 mile course which begins upstream from Yale's Gilder Boathouse.

Last year, Yale's three boats finished first, third and fourth with Northeastern preventing a sweep. This year, due to a change in NCAA regulations, a freshman boat will be added to the Yale team, which will be four strong in the collegiate eight event. The Bulldogs will also enter three fours, which will race earlier in the morning.

Yale's varsity boat will feature senior captain Rachel Jeffers, who won a bronze medal at this summer's 2006 FISA World Rowing Championships, as well as a handful of others who return after racing in last season's young varsity boat.

The fall season, often used as a tune up for spring rowing, is seen by Head Coach Will Porter as a chance to iron out early season problems.

"This year's team works hard and has a great attitude, but is still finding their way to a common vision for performance," he said.

The women's collegiate fours begin at 10:40 am and the women's collegiate eights will set off at 2:05 pm. Live results will be posted at Powerhouse Timing .

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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