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Varsity Eight Knocks Off No. 5 Virginia On Opening Day Of Oak Ridge Invitational

(Ron Laurence photo)
(Ron Laurence photo)

Bulldogs Sweep Morning Session

Yale women's crew is off to a very strong start at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational in Tennessee. The Bulldogs varsity eight picked up four victories, including over perennial national power Virginia in the afternoon session. Yale's varsity four also went undefeated over the two sessions.

In the morning session, the Bulldogs beat Clemson and Tennessee in five races. The varsity eight finished with a time of 5:44.293, nearly eight seconds faster than Clemson. Tennessee was third.

The Bulldogs won the second varsity eight by nine seconds, the varsity four by nine seconds, the third varsity eight by 16 seconds and the second varsity four by 14 seconds.

In the afternoon session, the varsity eight was an impressive four seconds faster than Virginia, finishing with a time of 6:19.200. Alabama was third. The varsity four won by three seconds.

Yale also won the second varsity four, while Virginia captured the second varsity eight and the third varsity eight.

"It was a good start for us," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Our varsity came to race this afternoon. Our 2V is a work in progress with four first years, but they are good and they are learning. We will make some adjustments for tomorrow."

The Bulldogs race Wisconsin and Minnesota on Sunday.


Varsity Eight:                                                                                                               

Bow – Victoire Lienau (Sr., Paris, France)
2 – Claire Dirks (So., Toronto, Ontario)
3 – Margaret Hedeman (Fy., Concord, Mass.)
4 – Sera Bulbul (Sr., Geneva, Switzerland)
5 – Ella von der Schulenburg (Jr., Zurich, Switzerland)
6 – Margaret Saunders (Jr., Arlington, Va.)
7 – Arwen Neski (Sr., Ashley Falls, Mass.)
Stroke - Daisy Mazzio-Manson (Jr., Wellesley, Mass.)
Cox – Aparajita Chauhan (So., Seattle, Wash.)

Second Varsity Eight:

Bow – Lucy Edmunds (Fy., North Yorkshire, Great Britain)
2 – Alexia Rojas (Jr., Tampa, Fla.)
3 – Emmeline Laurence (Fy., Greenland, N.H.)
4 – Anna Matthes (Fy., Belmont, Mass.)             
5 – Phoebe Campbell (Fy., North Molton, Great Britain)
6 – Jenna van de Grift (So., San Diego, Calif.)         
7 – Katie Gleason (Jr., Sudbury, Mass.)
Stroke – Katie King-Smith (So., Oxford, United Kingdom)
Cox – Hannah Malzahn (Sr., Edmond, Okla.)

Varsity Four:

Bow – Clare Naughton (Fy., Burlington, Mass.)
2 – Margaux Paradis (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.)
3 – Anna Scott (Fy., Denver, Colo.)
Stroke – Hannah Knight (Sr., Weston, Mass.)
Cox – Alin Pasa (Fy., Westport, Conn.)

Second Varsity Four:

Bow – Clementine Perry (Fy., Wellesley, Mass.)
2 – Claire Grundig (Jr., San Carlos, Calif.)
3 – Christiana Congdon (Fy., Stonington, Conn.)
Stroke – Hannah Johns (Fy., Longmeadow, Mass.)
Cox – Alisha Dziarski (Sr., Chesterton, Ind.)

Third Varsity Eight:                                                                                                 

Bow –  Grace Galloway (So., Sydney Australia)
2 – Lillie Ketterson (So., Boston, Mass.)
3 – Elizabeth Duserick (Jr., Arlington, Mass.)
4 – Katie Green (Fy., Henley-On-Thames, England)
5 – Riley Eversole (So., Oakland, Calif.)
6 – Hannah Smith (Jr., Long Beach, Calif.)
7 – Lane Unsworth (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
Stroke – Tessa Mapplebeck (So., Sydney, Australia)
Cox – Hannah Yi (So., Sherman Oaks, Calif.)

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity