Oct. 27, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This Sunday, the Yale women's crew will head south to Princeton, N.J. to compete in the Princeton Chase. The regatta will give the Bulldogs another chance to match up against rivals Princeton, who finished ahead of Yale last weekend at the Head of the Charles. Competition begins at 1 pm.
Head Coach Will Porter's squad hopes to improve on last year's average performance at the Princeton Chase, when they finished back in the pack in a race dominated by hosts Princeton and a strong Virginia crew. The Tigers and the Cavaliers will once again be the teams to beat at this year's Chase, as they were the top two collegiate women's crews at the Head of the Charles last Sunday.
Coach Porter recognizes the difficulties of setting things straight in the short time between the Head of the Charles and the Princeton Chase.
"I would prefer that there were two weeks between the races so I could make some changes and try something different," Porter said. "With only one week between the races it does not really give us much different feedback."
But with only a few weeks left of the competitive fall rowing season, this is one of the last opportunities for the Bulldogs to make the necessary adjustments before heading indoors later this semester.
"I was happy with the result of the Charles but I think we rowed poorly," Porter said. "It was too blood and guts for me I would prefer we used more skill to get speed out of the boat. This week we will look to row better and smarter."
Come Sunday afternoon, Yale will find out if it has the skill needed to catch up with Princeton and Virginia, and to cement its place among the nation's best women's crews.
The Princeton Chase is hosted by Princeton and Carnegie Lake Rowing Association. For spectator information, visit the CLRA website.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity