Oct. 17, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Fresh off a sweep of the top four spots at the Head of the Housatonic, the defending national champion Yale women's crew team heads to Cambridge, Mass., for the 44th Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend. The Head of the Charles is the world's largest two-day rowing event, with more than 7,500 athletes from around the world competing in 55 different events.
Yale will have boats in the Championship Eights, which start at 4:23 p.m. Sunday, the Championship Fours, which start at 3:21 p.m. Sunday, and the Club Eights, which start at 12:48 p.m. on Saturday. The Championship Eights field includes all of Yale's Ivy League rivals, including Brown -- the team that finished 1.2 seconds behind the Bulldogs in the NCAAs last year. The strong field also includes Washington, which finished second in the NCAA team standings last year.
Last year, Yale's 1V took fourth place in the Championship Eights with a time of 16:22.225. Third-place Michigan was the only collegiate team ahead of the Bulldogs; the top two spots went to US Rowing (15:26.572) and London Training Center (15:39.412). The Yale 2V was 26th after incurring 20 seconds in penalties; the boat's unadjusted time of 17:07.728 would have been good enough for 15th place.
The Bulldogs also had a 17th-place finish in the Championship Fours and a fourth-place finish in the Club Eights last year.