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Strong Start To Fall Season At Head Of Housatonic

Ron Laurence photo
Ron Laurence photo

Yale's Top Crew Cruises To Easy Win; Four Crews In Top 11

It was a dominant start to the fall season for the Yale women's crew. The Bulldogs top crew easily posted the fastest time in the collegiate division at the annual Head of the Housatonic. Yale finished with a time of 14:45.5, nearly 14 seconds faster than second-place Brown. On the day, the Bulldogs had four of the top 11 fastest crews.

Yale's second eight finished third with a time of 14:59.9, just over four seconds behind Brown's top crew. Yale's third eight was sixth, posting a time of 15:24.1, and the No. 4 crew placed 11th in 15:43.1.

"The Housatonic has always been a great race, and today was no different," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "It is early so we do not really have line ups yet, but we were able to put together combinations that got the job done today. The women rowed well and put out a full effort. I am pleased with the work."

Following the competition, the Yale women's crew joined the heavyweight and lightweight men back at Gilder Boathouse for Yale Crew Homecoming. There were a number of alumnae on hand to participate in the celebration. Each of the three head coaches spoke and introduced their teams and there were remarks from Vicky Chun, the Thomas A Beckett Director of Athletics, who is in her first year.

"The Yale Crew Homecoming was an idea I had a little over five years ago and it has come together as a great event with all three teams solidly represented," Porter said. "We put out over 15 eights of alumni/ae today. The energy at Gilder was high and the mood festive."

The Bulldogs have one more race this fall – the annual Head of the Charles in Boston on Oct. 21

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity