BULLDOG ROWING CAMP
2000 HRR Official Report
Yale are national champions
(June 4) Y150 won the national
championship by 5.0963 inches today on the Cooper River in Camden, NJ
today. In a thrilling race which saw the three Sprints medalists Harvard,
Yale, and Dartmouth go at it virtually level for 2000 meters, it was Yale
who got their bowball to the front when the finish line flag
The victory today was Yale's fourth national title since
2000, and it will send the crew to Henley Royal Regatta in late
Congratulations to the Eli lightweight crew of 2011: coxswain
Emma McBurney, stroke and captain Andrew Hakanson, 7-seat Colin Corcoran,
6-seat Dave Walker, 5-seat Tom Swartz, 4-seat William Zeng, 3-seat Greg
Hausheer, 2-seat Brendan Harrington, and bow seat Trey Chandler. Watch the
full race here.
(May 15) Y150 completed two undefeated
seasons today on Lake Quinsigamond, and they did it two different ways. In
the freshman eight, the same Eli nine were there from the first race to
the last, and in the 3V, there was at least 50% turnover in the crew from
the beginning of the year. In the end, both crews had the speed to claim
gold for Yale. The freesh dominated the field, winning by open water and
leading from pillar to post. The 3V race was tighter -- the tightest of
the year for that crew -- but in the end they found the speed to close and
finish the year unblemised.
Finding the speed to close was the theme for the 1V and 2V
eights in the afternoon. The varsity did a better job in the afternoon
Grand Final than their morning heat, and led the last race of the day
through the 1000, just barely. An inability to close told the tale, as
Harvard moved well to take the lead in the third 500, and Dartmouth drove
their bowball through by about a foot to claim the silver.
The 2V were in a three-way battle for the silver with
Cornell and Princeton at the 1000 meter mark, but could not find another
gear and finished fourth. The 2V had found considerable speed after the
HYPs, and proved it today, but could not overturn the crews that had
beaten them earlier in the year.
Yale's pursuit of the Jope Cup proved tantalizingly
close, and held a slim one-point lead going into the varsity race. The
Bulldogs needed to finish at least one place higher than Harvard to win
the Cup, and they were doing that with 750 to go, but proved unable to
hold on and ended up second in Jope Cup points with 31 to Harvard's
HYP 1V & 2V = H
1F & 3V & 4V = Y
(April 30) Yale started off the 2011
HYP with three wins in the lower boats, but then found itself looking up
in the last two varsity races today on the Charles River. A very
competitive varsity race saw all three crews get off the line well and
stay virtually level through the Mass Avenue Bridge, until a strong push
by Harvard in the 3rd 500 made the difference. In the 2V race, again it
was a Harvard push in the second thousand that got them out front through
Princeton, with Yale trailing.
The 1F race was a thriller, with Princeton storming out to
almost a full length lead, which lasted until 500 to go, when the Elis
charged to the finish, winning by 2 feet at the line. A video review
confirmed the finish line decision. The 4V and 3V shells won in convincing
This concludes Yale's regular season, with the 1V and 2V
having identical 7-3 records, while the 3V and 1F have unblemished
campaigns heading into the Sprints championship on May 15 in Worcester.
23) - The Housatonic River seemed primed to re-visit its inclement
ways from April 16th this morning, with the Elis scheduled to take on the
Big Red of Cornell and the Blue Hens of Delaware. The winds abated just
enough to get the headwind-infused races underway, one hour earlier than
The morning's racing saw three Yale wins in slow times,
including the 1V and 1F races. Cornell won the 2V.
In the afternoon, an unpredicted calm fell over the region,
resulting in great racing conditions as the Elis took on the Big Green of
Dartmouth in competition for the Durand
Cup. This time too Yale lost only one race, but this was the one for
the Cup, as Dartmouth had an impressive start and made it hold up the rest
of the way to win by 2.7 seconds. This win marks the first time Dartmouth
has won the Durand Cup since 2007. The 2V came back from its morning loss
to take that race by more than 5 seconds over the Green, and the first
freshmen had a good row to beat Dartmouth in the nightcap by 5.7 seconds.
The 3V also won twice on the day, and the 4V/2F combo crew won a tight
race with the Dartmouth 2F to finish the 9th of 9 races for Y150.
16) - The Housatonic River turned inclement just after the varsity Dodge
Cup race this morning, and while the 2V race was just able to be run,
the river conditions forced the referee to stop the 1F race at the 1000
meter mark. Good thing, too, as the Penn 1F foundered just after the
stoppage. The rest of the morning's schedule was cancelled, and Yale had
to be content with two wins on the day in the varsity and junior varsity.
Yale will have to look forward to better conditions for
Saturday's double-header against Cornell and Delaware in the morning, and
Dartmouth in the afternoon.
Joy to Yale
9) - The first home regatta of 2011 for the Eli lightweights was
held at Derby today with Joy
Cup competition against the Engineers from M.I.T. and the Hoyas of
Georgetown. And like 2010, the varsity race was a thriller all the way
down the course. The 1V race saw Yale leading with Georgetown just a few
seats down throughout the race, with M.I.T. trailing. In the end, Yale was
able to hold its advantage through to the line, finishing in 5:53.4 to
The rest of the regatta also went the Bulldogs' way, as Yale
won the 2V, 1F, and 4V/2F combo race. Full results here.
Johnson Cup goes back to Yale
2) - The Eli lightweights began their 2011 campaign with the Johnson
Cup competition against the Naval Academy on the neutral waters of Lake Carnegie
today. For the eighth time the two schools vie for the
Cup, which was inaugurated in 2004. And for the fourth time Yale has won
the Cup, and the rivalry now stands tied at 4-4. Yale has now won the
Johnson Cup 3 of the last 4 years.
Yale also won the 2V, 3V, and 1F races, falling only in the
4V/2F exhibition race.
Upcoming for the Bulldogs is the Joy
Cup against M.I.T. Georgetown University will also join in the races
on April 9 in Derby.
Zeng '11 wins Rhodes
23) Washington, DC -
lightweight rower William
Zeng (Great Falls, Va.) was chosen this weekend as one of 32
American recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship, as announced by Elliot F.
Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust. Zeng, who will study at
Oxford University, was one of two Yale students and three Ivy League
athletes awarded with the Rhodes Scholarship. Read
Chase over, winter begins
31) Princeton, NJ - The
Yale lightweight crew concluded its fall season this afternoon at the
3-Mile Chase, with the varsity eight finishing sixth overall. With most of
the Bulldogs' EARC opponents and several other lightweight crews present,
Yale was able to test its speed and depth against its spring competition
as the team prepares to head into winter training.
The varsity eight, which started fourth, started strong.
Pushed by a hard-charging Delaware crew, the Bulldogs trailed eventual
winner by only three seconds at the halfway point. The varsity crews
separated after Lake Carnegie's initial turn, however, with Princeton
widening the gap. The Bulldogs, though, were able to move away from the
Blue Hens and gain ground on Navy, who started third, in the last mile,
finishing with a time of 13:33.6. Their sixth-place finish, only 0.3
seconds behind Cornell, marked a significant improvement over last week's
results at the Head of the Charles. The Yale "B" crew finished
14th overall, with a time of 13:55.6, and the Yale
"C" crew finished 15th, first among "C"
crews with a time of 14:05.5.
"Racing was closer this week. It was nice seeing an
improvement from the Charles, which we mainly attribute to a lot mental
focus at practice this week," said captain Andrew
The Yale freshman eight, which included the members of
the Head of the Charles-winning lightweight four, finished fourth overall
in the freshman event, second among lightweight crews with a time of
13:52.5. In the varsity lightweight fours event, Yale raced four boats,
finishing 11th, 19th, 20th, and 25th.
The Bulldogs also raced four pairs, with the top boat placing fifth.
Yale now heads into its winter training period, its
next race being the Johnson Cup with Navy on April 2. Hakanson sees
training as an opportunity to continue the improvements shown at the
"We need to keep our sights set on training hard
for the next five months in order to challenge the teams at the top,"
he said. "It was a beautiful day for racing and spirits were high as
we concluded our fall season."
Full results can be seen here.
Y150 First and Second in the
Charles LWT 4+
24) BOSTON, Mass. – The
Yale lightweight crew took the top two spots in the lightweight four on
Sunday at the 46th Head of the Charles Regatta, held in Boston. In a feat
that head coach Andy Card called "unprecedented in my memory at
least," Yale's two shells were able to hold off last year's winner,
the Don Rowing Club of Canada as well as entries from McGill, Georgetown,
Navy, and Harvard. McGill University finished third while last year's
winner, Don Rowing Club, finished fourth. Yale's "B" entry,
comprised of freshmen Matthew O'Donaghue, Matthew
Schoenly and coxswain Ilana
Usiskin, finished first with a time of 16:23.6 while Yale's
"A" entry of Patrick
Cooley, and coxswain Emma
McBurney finished only
half a second back with a time of 16:24.1. At roughly the halfway point,
Yale 'B'; trailed leader McGill by 2.3 seconds, while Yale 'A' trailed by
4 seconds. Strong second halves by both Yale crews was the difference as
they surged past McGill and Don Rowing Club for the rare 1-2 finish.
marks the second time in three years that Yale has won the lightweight
fours event at the Head of the Charles and the sixth year in a row that
the Bulldogs have been the top collegiate finisher.
Yale's entry in the lightweight finished ninth, with a time of 14:42.2
after starting from the seventh position. Princeton won the event,
followed by Cornell and Harvard. Yale, stroked by captain Andrew
Hakanson '11, never
got on track after running with the pack to the first marker at Riverside
will complete its fall season next Sunday at the Princeton 3-mile Chase,
held on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.
results from the Charles here.
Y150 races it upriver at Housatonic
(Oct 9) NEW
HAVEN, Conn. -In
what coach Andy Card described as a "preseason atmosphere," the
Yale lightweight crew posted two first-place finishes and four
second-place finishes on Yale's home river at the Head of the Housatonic.
With almost every member of the team racing more than once on the day, the
regatta gave the Bulldogs an opportunity to gain early racing experience
in a stiff headwind, conditions sometimes unfriendly to lightweights.
pairs opened the day for Yale, with the winning boat posting a time of
18:29.6 in an event with no non-Yale entries. In the Collegiate (IRA) 8+
event, Yale's varsity eight finished with a time of 14:55.4, placing
second behind the Yale heavyweights. Yale lightweight boats also finished
sixth, eighth, and ninth. In the Collegiate 4+ event, the Bulldogs took
the top two spots with times of 17:00.1 and 17:33.5 respectively. Y150
fours also finished fourth and eighth. In the Open/Masters 8+, Yale posted
the fastest time of the day, but technically finished second due to an age
handicap given to Cambridge Boat Club. The Bulldogs crossed the line with
a time of 14:03.0.
results can be found here.
Y150 has next weekend off from racing before traveling to Cambridge, Mass.
on Oct. 24 for the Head of the Charles.
Q & A with Coach Card
(July 6) Recently
The Yale Sports Info team sat down with Coach Andy Card, long-time mentor
for the Yale lightweight crew. In his long and storied career at Yale,
Card's crews have won multiple IRA and Eastern Sprints championships, as
well as HYP, Head of the Charles, and Princeton Chase titles. As he
prepares for the upcoming fall campaign in September, Card shared his
thoughts on his coaching staffs, the success of his Y150 teams over the
last decade, and the outlook for 2011.
Yale 4+ loses tight race to
Newcastle; Henley run over
(July 2) Yale's
combo four of two lightweights and two heavyweights found that two days of
tight racing took its toll today. The crew lined up on the Bucks station
against Newcastle University on the Berkshire station. Newcastle had
defeated Glasgow the day prior, and the times of the two races were
similar, which predicted a close match.
It proved to the case, as there was "nothing in it"
as the commentators were wont to say throughout the 2112 meter course.
Newcastle held a slight lead throughout, but in terms of feet not lengths.
It was only at the end when Newcastle was able to push past Yale to the
final verdict of 1 and 1/4 lengths.
With this defeat the season of Captain Brendan McCook '10
draws to a close. Brendan is off to the Naval Sub School later this
summer. His classmate John Grunyk '10 will continue to wear the large
block "Y" of Yale as he will race in Beijing with a Y150 crew in
Yale Combo 4+ defeats seeded
crew from Ox Brookes
(June 30) A
combination crew composed of two Yale lightweights and two heavyweights,
with man-of-all-teams coxswain Ian Schmertzler '10, have defeated the seeded 'A' crew from Oxford Brookes
today at the Henley Royal Regatta. Oxford Brookes held the lead over the
Elis at the Barrier and at Fawley, but the Bulldogs rowed through for the
win. The crew moves on to Thursday racing, against either Newcastle or
Glasgow University, who race later today. The crew is composed of 2010
lightweight captain Brendan McCook '10, John Grunyk '10, and heavyweights
Antonio Sirianni '10 and Duncan Logie '11.
Yale 150s 4th at IRA
(June 5) Six
crews lined up at the start around defending national champion Princeton,
and all six were poised to ask the Tigers serious questions. By the finish
of the fast Cooper River course, Princeton answered all challenges in the
affirmative, and again emerged as national champions. Yale, Harvard, and
Navy chased the Tigers' tail throughout the race, but none of the three
challengers were able to get their bow out in front at any point, and in
the last quarter, it became a shuffle for the 2-3-4 spots. Harvard, second
most of the race, fell behind Navy, who had moved through Yale
Yale coach Andy Card said, "I can't say enough positive
things about the way the Class of 2010 and this 2010 1V and four took on
the challenge of preparing for the national championship. I am only
disappointed in the final result, but you couldn't ask for more in terms
of spirit, positive attitude, eagerness to improve, and commitment to hard
work from the guys."
The Yale lightweights also entered the Varsity 4+ event with
members of their silver medal Sprints 2V, and they had their best race in
the Petite Final, moving away from Temple University in the second
thousand for the win.
The Wizard of Bronze;
and silver too
(May 16) The
Yale lightweight varsity didn't find the yellow brick road, but they did
find their way to the medal dock after the 1V and 2V races today on windy
Lake Quinsigamond. The Y150 varsity, seeded 5th, chased top-ranked Harvard
in both the heat and the final. The final was a classic Sprints race, with
Princeton setting the hot pace early, with Harvard and Yale giving chase,
separating themselves from the pack behind of Navy, Dartmouth, and
Yale charged hard in the last 500, but couldn't close the gap
all the way, finishing officially .313 seconds back of Harvard, and 2.58
out of first. This in stark contrast with the Goldthwait Cup results of
The Yale 2V had a solid row, not enough to beat
Princeton in this case, but enough to clear the rest of the field, hold
onto the number two rank, and close the gap with the Tigers.
The Yale 1F finished just out of the medals in fourth,
just .311 seconds out of bronze. Again, a late charge wasn't enough on a
windy day which saw Cornell come within one second of the course
The Yale 3V finished fourth, and the 2V third in their
respective races, and the 4V 4+ won it's "race within a race"
with MIT's LWT 4+ entry.
For full results, click here.
(May 1) The
Yale lightweights won both the 3V and the 2F races today at the HYP
Regatta on Lake Carnegie, and that's 6 great points for the Vogel Cup. But
Lake Carnegie turned into Lake Carnage for two other Y150 crews, and that
meant that Yale lost it's two year hold on the Vogel
Cup. The last regular season race for all three schools saw Harvard
win both the varsity and the first freshman eights, while Princeton used a
fast third 500 to take the race away from the Yale 2V. Both crews beat the
#1 ranked 2V Harvard. But that was the only low point for the Crimson, who
took both the Vogel Cup and the
Yale and Harvard are now tied 4-4 in the Vogel Cup series,
while Princeton has yet to claim a win in the points trophy named for
long-time Y150 coach Dave Vogel '71.
The intensity of the rivalry between these three
schools has meant that no school has swept this regatta in over ten years,
and today saw Harvard win two, Yale win two, and Princeton win one. And
while that is technically correct, it would be remiss to say anything
other than it was Harvard's day on the Lake.
Dead Heat in Durand
(April 24) The
Yale lightweight varsity went to Hanover to race Dartmouth to decide the
2010 winner of the Durand Cup, and 2000 meters later, the only decision
was no decision as to the winner. The finish line judges could not decide,
the referee could not decide, the coaches could not decide, the video told
no definitive tale, and thus a legendary race was born. With Yale down for
most of the race by 3/4 of a length, the Durand Cup looked like it would
be Dartmouth's. But the Elis mounted a furious rally in the last quarter,
and well, you know how it looked at the finish. Dead level.
Yale won all the sub-varsity races, which included close
contests in the 2V race, between Yale's 3V and Dartmouth's 2V, and a
one-second decision in Yale's favor in the 1F race. Full results here.
(April 18) The
Yale lightweights travelled about 700 miles from Friday to Sunday to get
in two great days of racing against three Ivy opponents. On Saturday, the
Elis defended their hold on the Dodge
Cup on the Schuylkill River against Columbia and host Penn, then
loaded the trailer and hopped on the bus for a trip to Ithaca to take on
the Big Red on their home waters the next day.
Saturday's racing saw Yale sweep the Dodge Cup regatta,
winning all four events on the sunny, windy, yet remarkably calm
Schuylkill. Penn was second in all the Dodge Cup races.
On Sunday, the Cayuga Inlet was grayer with intermittent
light rain, but with the calmest conditions the Eli have competed in all
year. Yale won the varsity, second varsity, and second freshman races,
while falling in the first freshman and third varsity races. Results here.
All told, that's 7 wins out of 9 races for the weekend, or
18-thousand meters in total raced by Y150 this weekend.
Love That Dirty Water
(April 10) The
Charles is the Charles. The Y150s took to the windy Beantown Basin to take
on M.I.T. and Georgetown in early-morning Joy
Cup racing. Though not early enough to avoid 15+ mph winds, all three
squads faced challenging conditions throughout the course, and it was even
deemed necessary to shorten the 3V 4+s race to 1000 meters for safety. The
Elis emerged victorious in all races today, including an exciting varsity
race, which was virtually bowball-to-bowball between Yale and the Hoyas
until the last strokes. Yale claimed a 0.9 second victory in that race,
and had bigger margins in the others. Full results here.
(April 3) An
Easter weekend of pleasant weather saw Y150 open up against
now-traditional rival Navy at neutral Lake Carnegie, NJ. Leading up to the
varsity race for the Johnson Cup, Navy had won both freshman events, with
Yale taking both the 2V and 3V races. After 1200 meters, both varsities
were level, but a good push by the Middies enabled them to claim the
Johnson Cup for the first time since 2007.
(February 1) Current
lightweight Rich Littlehale '10 and former Y150 Bob Casey '10 talked to
NPR's Robert Seigel about their business venture yourenew.com.
for the interview. Good luck Rich and Bob!
(November 7) The
Yale lightweight freesh raced their second fall regatta beneath a
beautiful North Country sky today at the Green Monster Regatta, hosted by
Dartmouth College. Racing down the border between Vermont and New
Hampshire on the Connecticut River, the Elis found themselves in a classic
even-boat Yale-Harvard rivalry. While Harvard's A boat finished 3 seconds
ahead of Yale A, Yale's B eight just nipped Harvard B. In overall time,
Harvard was the best of the lightweight crews in 32:30.9, with Yale 2.9
seconds behind in 32:33.8. Dartmouth was third in 33:52.1. This ends the
fall racing season for all of Y150. Results.
(October 25) The
Yale lightweights got after it today down on Lake Carnegie, mixing it up
with the rest of the league in eights, fours, and pairs. Y150 had two
eights in the top 6, three fours in the top ten, and a bunch of pairs all
bunched up. The freesh had their first competitive row as a whole squad,
with the underdog eight winning the toss and choosing to be the 'A' crew.
Them guys had a good row, overturning the results of the week to be the
top Yale freesh finisher. Results here.
The Chase marks the end of the fall racing for the upperclass
athletes, but the freesh still have one more row to go, the Green Monster
in Hanover November 7.
Brrrrh in Boston
(October 18) The
Head of the Charles had some surprises this year, not least of which was
worse weather than the Head of the Housatonic. Still, the Yale
lightweights had a good day of racing. First, the squad size of 28 oarsmen
and coxswains racing on the Charles in two lightweight eights and two
lightweight fours was a great way to keep the team together. Second, Yale
was the fastest college team in the lightweight four, narrowly missing out
on recapturing their 2008 LWT 4+ title by two seconds. The 'B' four
finished just two places back in sixth. In the lightweight eight, the 'A'
eight was sixth, and the 'B' eight was 19th. This means that Y150 has
qualified three boats for the Head of the Charles 2010. The Charles is all
about passing on your entry DNA, and so count this regatta as 75%
successful. Full results.
(October 10) The
Head of the Housatonic, typically the first fall race for Y150, arrived
right on schedule, but this time it blew right in, and presented some
challenging conditions for all the races. Bulldog crews raced in the pair,
the eight, the four, and the novice eight. Full results here.
Next up for the Eli will be the Head of the Charles, where the
lightweights have two lightweight eights and two lightweight fours
Colin Farrell appointed freshman
(July 30) Colin
Farrell, three-time national team oarsman and 2008 World Champion in the
lightweight eight, has been named the freshman lightweight coach for the
Yale 150s. Head coach Andy Card made the announcement Thursday.
A 2005 graduate of
Cornell University, Farrell was a thee-time member of the Cornell
lightweight varsity eight and stroked the lightweight varsity to
back-to-back 8-1 regular seasons, as well as a bronze medal at Eastern
Sprints and a silver medal at the IRA, both in 2005. Farrell was a
two-time captain of the lightweight crew. Before coming to Yale, Farrell
spent a year as the Men's Heavyweight Crew Intern at Cornell University.
Farrell coached the Third Varsity Heavyweight 8+ to an undefeated regular
season and third place finish at Eastern Sprints. He also coached the JV
Heavyweight 8+ and Open 4+ in preparation for the IRA and played an
integral role in helping the varsity heavyweight crews achieve a 19-1
record during the regular season.
Prior to coaching at Cornell, Farrell was a member of
the U.S. National Team and competed at three World Championships and two
World Cups. He won a gold medal at the 2008 World Championships in the
lightweight 8+, finished sixth in the lightweight 4- at the 2007 World Cup
in Linz, Austria, and 11th at the 2007 World Championships, qualifying the
U.S. men's lightweight 4- for the 2008 Olympics. Competing in numerous
elite level national regattas, Farrell won the NSR II in the lightweight
2- in 2008 and the USRowing National Championships in the lightweight 4-
"Colin will bring to Yale a breadth of
experience from high school novice rowing to the world championship medal
stand", head coach Andy Card said. "He has made the journey
himself, and in our conversations it was clear he's eager to help this
generation of Yale lightweights fulfill their potential." While
training with the National Team, Farrell coached the novice men at Mercer
Junior Rowing Club and later served as the Varsity Men's Assistant Coach.
Among other achievements during his two and a half years with MJRC,
Farrell helped the varsity 8+ and varsity lightweight 4+ qualify for the
U.S. Rowing Youth Invitational in Cincinnati.
Farrell began his rowing career in high school at St.
Joseph's Preparatory School and continued rowing at Cornell. In addition
to Farrell's collegiate accomplishments listed above, Cornell Athletic
Director Andy Noel presented him with the Mario St. George Boiardi '04
Leadership Award, established in memory of lacrosse captain George Boiardi
'04. This award is given to the senior athlete who embodies leadership,
athleticism, and a strong work ethic. Farrell graduated from Cornell in
2005 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Lightning fails to strike twice; Yale falls in Henley final
(July 5) A
day after defeating Reading University 'A', averaging 207 pounds a man,
Yale couldn't find the same magic against a crew that only averaged 205
pounds a man, 32 pounds on average heavier than Y150.
But that's what you get when you go to Henley, and Yale could
not row through a powerful Oxford Brookes crew, who, rumor had it, were
determined to show that they deserved to be named GB's U23 four. A
headwind that lengthened the race times considerably was not to Yale's
advantage. In testament to the quality of Oxford Brookes, their finish
time of 7:38 was only three seconds slower than the finish time in the
Visitors' Cup, a coxless fours event.
Oxford Brookes were the better crew, but that should not take
away from the superb effort and initiative that this year's Henley Four
showed throughout the Regatta. Well rowed Captain Dan, Captain-elect
Brendan, Phil, Andrew, and Ian!
Y150 make the Final at Henley and make history once again
(July 4) Yale's
lightweight 4+ made history today as the first foreign -- not just
American -- crew to make it to the Finals in the Prince Albert Challenge
Racing in the Berkshire station against Reading University
'A', the Y150s gave away about two stone (or 28 pounds) a man. Yale fell
behind early, but not by too much, and were behind at the 1/4-mile, the
Barrier, and Fawley.
Yet a sustained push in the second half of the race saw the
Four push through Reading to win by 1 length at the end.
So it's been three races and three wins, against Durham 'A',
Imperial College London, and now Reading 'A'. Yale await their opponent,
either Oxford Brookes University, or the University of London, both
Y150 4+ wins first round at
Henley Royal Regatta
(July 2) A
determined group of Yale varsity lightweights didn't want their great run
of 2009 to end, and so it was off to Henley Royal Regatta in England to
race in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup for student coxed fours. Led by
2009 captain Dan Ensslen '09, the crew is also comprised of Andrew Kaiser
'09, Philip Lang '09, captain-elect Brendan McCook '10, and cox Ian
As a seeded crew, the Elis
raced Durham University 'A' in the first round, and Yale led at the
Barrier and at Fawley, finishing in a time of 7:10 for a 2 & 3/4
length victory. This result sets up a second round match with Imperial
College London, who defeated Reading University 'B' by 2 & 3/4 lengths
in a time of 7:15.
The Prince Albert 4+ is not the only Yale lightweight
presence at Henley this year. An alumni crew is rowing as 'Four Score and
Four RC' in the Thames Cup. 4S&4 has won two rounds to get to Friday's
racing, including coming from behind at both the Barrier and Fawley to
defeat Marlow RC by 3/4 of a length in an exciting second round
Y150 finishes with
hard-fought silver medal at 2009 IRA national champs
(June 6) In
a thrilling battle for silver and bronze at the 2009 IRA on Lake Natoma in
California, the Yale lightweight varsity improved upon its 2008 national
championship bronze medal by rowing through Cornell, Georgetown, and
Harvard to capture this year's silver medal as the second fastest college
lightweight crew in the country. Gold went to deserving champion
In a telling hallmark of the league's competitiveness and intensity
-- and to Y150 consistency -- Yale is the only team to claim a national
championship medal two years running.
The race had two parts:
Princeton staked a 2-second lead in the first 500, and essentially capped
its undefeated season with a dominant performance. But the exciting racing
was amongst the other 6 crews, and especially between Harvard, Georgetown,
Yale, and Cornell. First Yale, then Georgetown, then Harvard each in turn
spent some time in second position in the first 1000 meters. But as the
second half unfolded, Yale moved away from Cornell, then Georgetown, and
it became a Yale-Harvard struggle for silver. With 500 to go, Yale led
Harvard by only 0.3 seconds, but uncorked the fastest finishing 500 time
of all 7 crews to push out to a 1.6 second margin from Harvard. Race time
and splits here.
The silver medal crew from Yale: cox Erin Anderson, stroke
James Johnson, 7-seat John Grunyk, 6-seat Mikkel Krenchel, 5-seat Dan
Ensslen, 4-seat Phil Lang, 3-seat Andrew Kaiser, 2-seat Brendan McCook,
and bow seat Noah McColl.
The Y150 also sent a varsity 4+, with an all-sophomore
line-up: coxswain Rachel Morgan, stroke Michael Buttrick, 3-seat Andrew
Hakanson, 2-seat Colin Corcoran, and bow seat Carl Nunziato. The 4+ raced
well to advance to the petite final, but came up a bit short, finishing
fourth and tenth overall.
With a silver medal varsity, an undefeated Sprints
championship 2V, and a 1F and 3V that lost only one regular-season race
between them and earned bronze medals at Sprints, the year in retrospect
was another solid one for the Eli lightweights.
for 1F & 3V, 1V IRA-bound
(May 10) Yale's
lightweights got three medals at windy Lake Quinsigamond today, including
a dominant 2V performance that saw Yale win pillar-to-post, as they have
all season. The varsity crew, which has battled to separate from the
dynamic 2V all season, accomplished some internal metrics to build on as
preparations for the national championship go forward.
The 1F had another great race in
the final. Despite leading the race at a few points, the Yale 1F couldn't
quite keep the pace of deserving champion Cornell, and the Bulldogs were
just edged at the line by Harvard by 0.321 seconds. The 3V couldn't find
the extra gear needed in the last 500 to overcome Harvard and Cornell, and
the crew, which had previously bested Harvard and Cornell during their
undefeated regular season, had to settle for bronze. The history-making 4V
4+ had a good row to come in second behind MIT's 2V 4+, and the 2F
finished as seeded, in fifth. For full results, click here.
Yale wins the Vogel Cup but
can't take the Goldthwait
(April 25) Yale's
last home race for 2009 saw some classic HYP intensity, and for the second
year in a row Yale takes the Vogel
Cup for overall team supremacy. With wins in the 1F, 3V, and 2V, Yale
was able to eke out a slim one-point margin over Princeton, 30-29, with
Harvard at 21 points.
The three top-ranked and undefeated varsity crews all held
onto their undefeated status. The 2V and the 3V were close contests and
wins for Yale, while the varsity race saw #1 Princeton dominate the Goldthwait
Cup with a 5.2 second win over Harvard, with Yale trailing Harvard by
The freshman race saw Princeton jump out to an early lead,
but Yale moved strongly in the middle thousand to take a lead which they
did not relinquish in the last 500 despite hard charges by Harvard and
Full results here.
Two regattas, 8 wins
(April 18) Another
beautiful spring day in Derby saw lots of racing for the Y150s, who raced
against Dartmouth for the Durand
Cup in the morning, and then faced Cornell in the afternoon. The 3
varsity boats won both their races, while the 1F and 2F defeated Dartmouth
but lost to the Big Red. Dartmouth results here
and Cornell results here.
Yale sweeps Dodge
Cup regatta in NY
(April 11) Details
to follow. Results here.
Yale wins Joy Cup but falls
(April 4) The
winds of early April blew auspicious for the Georgetown lightweight
varsity, as a strong base cadence powered their victory on a windy but
flat water course in Derby. Georgetown, an invited guest in the the Joy
Cup, contested annually between Yale and M.I.T., trailed at the start
but moved through Yale after the 1000 meter mark to take the win by 2.7
seconds over Yale in a fast time of 5:32.4. Yale retains the Joy
Cup by defeating M.I.T. in varsity competition.
The Yale 2V, 3V, and 1F all won their races, while the Yale
2F fell in a close race to Georgetown.
Yale wins Johnson
Cup, bests Navy in 4 of 5 races
(March 28) Lake
Carnegie is a neutral site for both Navy and Yale, who agree to "meet
in the middle" for the annual contest between the two institutions.
Today saw the Y150s achieve some results that would indicate comfort
racing away from home.
In the the 6 years the
Johnson Cup has been contested, no Eli squad has won 4 of 5 races, or won
both the varsity and second varsity races in the same regatta, or won
back-to-back Cups. Navy and Yale were the silver and bronze medallists at
the 2008 national championship respectively, and the intensity of racing
hadn't lessened from what it was in June of '08. After the Navy 2F took
the opening race comfortably, the Bulldogs won some hard-earned victories
in the 3V, 1F, 2V, and 1V.
With Yale's varsity win, the overall Johnson
Cup series is tied, 3 - 3.
Bulldog Day Afternoon
(Oct 26) Another
history-making day at the Three-Mile Chase on Lake Carnegie for the
Yale lightweights, as the Y150 won both the men's lightweight eight and
men's open pair, and also took third in the men's lightweight four.
In the eight, Yale's 'A' boat overcame a 7th-place starting
position to take first from 2007 champion Navy. The 'B' crew for Y150
finished best of the 'B's and 7th place overall. Y150 'C' was just 0.8
seconds behind the fastest of the 'C' boats. And Yale 'D' -- a first-ever
'D' entry for Y150 -- rowed hard but finished deep in the pack.
In the lightweight fours event, Yale's four that won the Head
of the Charles in the lightweight four event a week ago had an amazing run
from the 6th starting position. The four found the going good on the first
half of the course, and passing 4 boats around the turn was fun but
eventually took its toll on the second half of the race. The 'A' 4+
fell from first to finish a strong 3rd. Yale 'B' finished 8th.
The Yale freshmen took to the water for only their second
race of the year, and they finished a very respectable third. This finish,
along with the first-place finishes by the Yale novice women and freshman
heavyweight men, won Yale University the Belly Bowl for Freshman Eights
for the second year in a row.
The pair win by Lang and Nunziato marks the second straight
win for Y150 in this event. Yale's three other pairs finished 3rd, 5th,
and a shore-seeking guided missile finished 19th.
for full results.
Y150 Four is Head of the Charles
(Oct 19) The
Yale lightweights made history once again at the Head of the Charles
Sunday when the Y150 LWT 4+ finished first at the Head of the Charles
Regatta, the first college crew to win the event since 1987. This Y150 win
marks the first time since 2002 that Yale has won a lightweight event at
In the LWT 8+, Yale finished 8th overall after leading the
field by a whisker at the 3:22 mark.
Full results can be found here.
Come join Y150
(Sep 17) All
athletic males of the Yale undergraduate population under 165 pounds are
invited to talk to coaches Patrick Tynan and Ryan Sparks about rowing for
the Yale lightweight crew. No experience necessary, but a good attitude,
experimental nature, and an aptitude for challenging work required. Call
or e-mail Patrick Tynan at
(413) 207-1539, or Ryan Sparks
at (214) 557-0111 for more information. Tryouts are ongoing throughout the
fall. If you are a male or female under 130 pounds, we are also looking
for coxswains. No experience necessary.
Y150 hires Tynan as Freesh
Tynan, who led the Williams women
to the 2007 NCAA Division III team and Varsity 8 titles, has been named
the freshman lightweight coach for the Yale 150s. Head coach Andy
Card made the announcement Monday.
A 1999 graduate of UMass with a degree in
exercise science, Tynan comes to the 150s from his alma mater, where he
worked as an assistant coach for the women's crew in 2007-2008.
In 2006, Tynan was named Acting Head
Women's Coach at Williams, and the Williams women's crew responded to his
leadership by winning both the team and Varsity 8+ titles at the 2007 NCAA
Division III Championship.
"What Patrick did at Williams --
taking over a talented team and getting them to raise their game further
-- is testament to his leadership and inspiration," said Card.
"This is a great hire for Yale, and Pat and I have already started to
work hard on the 2009 season. I can't wait for the guys to meet Pat and
welcome him to the Y150 family."
Prior to Williams, Tynan spent six seasons
coaching the men's and women's freshmen crews at Colby. In 2001, 2004 and
2005 his women's crews went undefeated and won Gold medals at the New
England Rowing Championships and the ECAC National Collegiate Invitational
Regattas. Before his arrival at Colby, Tynan spent two years as the
assistant coach for the Men's Crew at UMass, where his crews medalled at
the New England and Atlantic-10 Rowing Championships. During his two years
at UMass, Tynan also served as an assistant coach at Deerfield Academy in
Tynan's rowing career began in 1990 at St.
John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., and continued at the University
of Massachusetts. He rowed in UMass' varsity lightweight eight for four
years, earning numerous medals at the New England Rowing Championships and
the Champion International Collegiate Regattas. After graduating in 1999
with a degree in exercise science, Tynan spent the summer with the US
Lightweight Development Team at Riverside Boat Club in Boston, winning
three medals at the American Rowing Championships.
Tynan takes over for Yale's own Joe Fallon
'06, who guided the freshmen lightweights to two Sprints championships
during his tenure.
2008 IRA medals:
Gold & Bronze
(June 7) Another
championship regatta saw Y150 take away some hard-earned hardware and
medals. With a bronze medal in the lightweight eight, a gold medal in the
coxless fours, and a very daring and respectable 12th place in the
freshman heavyweight eight by the Yale freshman lightweights, the Y150 IRA
squad had a day for the record books.
The scorching hot Cooper River race course yielded some
barn-burning racing today in the lightweight eight national championship.
Early leader Princeton was chased down first by Cornell, then Yale, and
then Navy. When the music stopped, Cornell was the national champion, and
in the mad rush for the finish line Navy just nipped Yale to take the
silver medal. The first-to-fourth separation was a mere 2.754 seconds. Full
In what could possibly be the last time the Gordon Hoople Trophy is
contested at the IRA, the men's varsity coxless four was won by
Yale 'A', with a stunning 7.263 second win over second-place Navy. Yale
'B' also made the Grand Final after a thrilling come-from-behind race in
the repechage, and came in a respectable 5th in the Grand. Full
The freshman lightweights raced up in class, taking on the
best freshman heavyweight eights in the country. A 5th place in the heat
meant a trip to the reps, where they had to come back through Dartmouth,
Penn, and Gonzaga to make the A/B Semi-Finals. After the thrilling rep,
though, the speed just wasn't there to hang with the top three crews, and
the lights were sent to the Petite Finals, where they finished 6th, for an
overall 12th place finish. This being the first (and most likely last)
time a second entry from one university will be allowed, the Y150 freesh
represented the EARC lightweight league with honor.
Sprints medals: Gold,
(May 18) The
freshman lightweights led the way for the Yale 150s today on Lake
Quinsigamond, completing an undefeated regular season with a sparkling
Sprints championship. Yale is the only school to medal in all three Jope
Cup events. The 2V and 3V won silver medals, and the varsity eight got
back into the medals with a bronze. With all five Y150 crews in the Grand
Finals, and with four medals, the day was a successful one, yet not
without it's bittersweet nature: though Yale earned the most points in the
Jope Cup -- Yale and Cornell each had 33 points -- the tie-breaker went to
the higher finisher in the varsity race. For full results, click here.
Yale brings Dave
home to New Haven but Vince
goes to Princeton
(May 3) In another
classic HYP Regatta on the Charles River, the Yale 150s took home
the David H. Vogel '71
Cup for 5-boat team supremacy, but not the Vincent
Bowditch Goldthwait Cup, awarded to the winner of the varsity race.
After a Harvard win in the 2F, Yale pulled off three wins in a row, all in
dramatic fashion. The 3V had the narrowest win of the day, a 0.3 second
margin separating them from the Tigers, who led most of the race. The 1F
won from post-to-post, but not without a strong challenge from Harvard all
the way down the course. The 2V race was similar to the 3V race in that a
Princeton lead was chipped away at by the Bulldogs, who got through the
Tigers to win by 1.2 seconds. In the Goldthwait Cup race, Yale took the
early lead at 500 in, but Princeton moved back to pull one seat up at the
1000, and never looked back, pushing out to a length lead for the 2.8
second Goldthwait Cup victory, the first for Princeton since 1999.
The points totals for the Vogel Cup were:
Princeton 31 Harvard 19
Full results here,
and the Yale article here.
Yale reclaims Durand
(April 26) Last
week against Cornell, the natural challenge was a strong
head wind, standing waves and a race almost 62
minutes long. This week against Dartmouth, it was the swift current of the
Connecticut River and a five-minute race(!). For Yale 150 fans, they
remain grateful that both times the Yale lightweights were able to
persuade the river gods
to smile upon them. In winning the varsity race over Dartmouth by 4.5
seconds in a time of 5:07.9, the Y150 1V wins the Durand
Cup, given in honor of former Yale 150 oarsman and coach Loyal Durand
III. The 2V race was especially exciting, as not more than 3-4 seats
separated the two crews all the way down the course. In the end, Yale's
bow was just able to get out in front as the flag dropped, the margin
being a mere 2 second.
The 1F and the 3V won their races also. Full results here.
Yale wins 7 of 8 on windy
(April 19) The
Housatonic River saw four EARC lightweight crews race upon her waters
today. The Yale lightweights took on a strong Housatonic headwind as well
as a full race load, racing it up for the Dodge
Cup against Penn and Columbia in the morning, and then coming back in
the afternoon to take on Cornell. If the morning waters were somewhat
calm, all pretense for a flat track was blown away by the constant south
wind which once it started piling up the rollers never stopped. However,
Yale was fortunate to win 7 of 8 races, including both varsity contests.
Full details here.
Full results for Penn & Columbia here
and for Cornell here.
Joy Cup back to Yale
(April 12) A calm but
rainy Charles River saw the Yale lightweights win all four races and
reclaim the Joy Cup against Georgetown and host M.I.T. early Saturday. The
2F and 1F won their races in a soaking rain, and though the weather
cleared up a bit for the 2V and 1V races, the result was the same as the
Bulldogs enjoyed a successful trip to Boston, their first of two races on
the Charles in 2008. For full results, click here,
and for complete details click here.
(April 5) On the
neutral waters of Lake Carnegie, the Yale
Lightweights opened up their 2008 season with the 5th annual running of the Johnson
Cup against the U.S. Naval Academy. The racing as usual was intense,
and when the white flag was held aloft at the end, Yale proved victorious
in 3 of the 5 races, including the varsity race. Yale has now won the
Johnson Cup 2 out of the last 3 years, although Navy leads the overall
series, 3-2. Yale also won the 1F and 3V races, while Navy took the 2V and
the 2F. For full results, click here.
(Nov 11) The Class of
2011 Yale lightweight had their best two-boat performance in years at this
year's Belly of the Carnegie freshman-only regatta. The Eli eights
finished second and third, only 4.41seconds apart, and just 5.2 behind
perennial Belly champ Navy. In 2006, Yale finished 3rd and 7th, so moving
that 'B' eight up was a priority for the Bulldogs in 2007. The strong
performance of all the Yale freshman crews resulted in Yale claiming the
Belly Bowl for the first time since 1998. For the official article, click here.
For the full results, click here.
(Oct 28) The Yale
varsity completed its brief fall schedule with the 3-Mile Chase in
Princeton with a performance that was an exercise in new seats for new
people. With the largest squad in years (four eights of oarsmen), the
lightweights have to sort out the many athletes competing for seats in the
top three eights. Aside from the pairs, which finished first, third,
fourth, and fifth in the small boat section of the regatta, the results
themselves were all over the place. One eight in the HWT event finished
10th, and the three Yale eights in the LWT event finished 7th, 16th, and
26th. In the LWT 4+, again with the mixed results: 8th, 9th, and 23rd.
Full results here.
The next race for the squad is a freshman-only regatta, the Belly
of the Carnegie, on Sunday November 11.
(Oct 21) On another
too-warm October race weekend, the Yale lightweights had two solid days of
racing on both Saturday and Sunday. The Club 8+ led the way, with a 4th
place finish after starting deep in the pack at 13. Taking the momentum
from the Club 8+, on Sunday the LWT 4+ finished second to NYAC by 3.4
seconds and first among colleges. Last to race were the two lightweight
eights, and both crews were able to move up and place themselves higher in
the race order than where they started. The 'A' boat started 12th and
finished 8th overall and fourth among colleges. The 'B' boat started 23rd
and finished 16th. Full results here.
Official website article here.
2007 Head of the Housatonic
in the books
(Oct 6) On a gorgeous
picture-perfect day on the Housatonic, the Yale
lightweights resumed racing today in the home opener to the unofficial fall racing season.
The 13th annual regatta saw no lightweight events, so the Y150s raced in
the Men's Open 2-s, 8+s, and Freshman 8+s events, finishing first in the
2-s, second in the Open 8+, and third in the Freshman 8+. For the
official Yale report, click here.
For full results. click here.
1V improves to 5th;
1F 4+ win silver
(June 2) Battling back
from a disappointing 7th place at the EARC Sprints, the Yale varsity ends
its 2007 campaign by making the Grand Final at the IRA with a solid effort
in the heat. Though unable to find the magic that they found in 2005,
where the Elis came back to claim the IRA National Championship, the Yale
squad looks promising in the coming years. With only two graduating from
the IRA varsity, the young Elis were outmatched this year, but the
experience gained by the Class of 2009, as well as the championship
performance of the Class of 2010, should serve the Bulldogs well in the
future. The freshmen came through again with a strong performance in a
major race, winning the silver medal in the Freshman 4+, behind only the
heavyweights from Cal.
In other racing, the 2V 8+, entered in the 2V HWT event as Yale
'B', made it to the Semi-Finals by virtue of their come-from behind win in
the repechage over the Navy HWT 2V. The Semi-Final was a bit of cold water
reality, where the crew were a game fifth. Still, in the Petite final the
Yale LWTs finished just 12th, only 0.077 seconds out of fifth and 1.969
seconds behind Yale 'A'. The men's pair entry from Y150 found themselves
outsprinted to the line by Columbia, which put them fourth in the Grand
With 18 oarsmen rowing at the IRA returning for the 2008 season,
and a solid incoming freshman class, the future looks bright for the Yale
For full IRA results, click here.
1st FRESHMEN WIN EASTERN
(May 13) It's was a
happy Mother's Day for the moms of the Yale lightweight freshmen, as the
top-ranked Bulldog 1F bested the field on Lake Quinsigamond today in a
hard fought Grand Final. Yale rowed through Princeton to take first in a
time of 5:47.95, just missing the course record set in the morning heats.
The 2F had a great race, marred by a 12-second overhead crab just before
the 1000 meter mark that took them from first to third, where they
remained to the finish, despite a furious rally to overcome the mishap.
The 2V earned a bronze medal in their Grand Final, finishing behind Navy
and Cornell but repeating their HYP victory over Harvard and Princeton.
The 3V finished third, in line with their ranking, although they made it
close at the end by putting on a strong challenge for silver, falling
short by only 0.5 seconds to Cornell.
The Yale varsity
was unable to move up from their number 7 ranking and into the Grand
Final, and had to be content with winning the Petite Final as the first
step in preparation for the IRA National Championship on June 2.
In sum, the bright side for Yale is a freshman class that save for
a bad crab might have taken both freshman events, and a group of
upperclassmen who medalled in two out of three varsity events. Click here
for full row2k results; click here
for the official Yale report.
7 up 3 down
(April 29) The Yale
lightweights took seven out of ten races this weekend, but not the ones
that would bring home the silver. After sweeping the first four races in
dramatic fashion at the HYP, it all looked good for the Elis. But the
Cup race was all Harvard as the Crimson moved away for their first win
since 2005. Because the Yale 1V finished third, Harvard was also able to
come back in the Vogel Cup
standings to claim the Cup 32 points to 31 for Yale, with Princeton third
Due to flooding on the Housatonic, the Durand
Cup against Dartmouth and Rutgers was postponed until the day after
the HYP. Dartmouth, coming off a big win over #1 ranked Cornell in Ithaca,
proved their speed again with a 2.7 second win over Yale, with Rutgers 12
seconds back. Yale had success in most of the other races, with the only
glitch being the Yale 2F getting DQ'd due to a buoy violation.
Yale wins in Philly
(April 14) The Yale
lightweights raced nine times in Philadelphia today, and the Bulldogs came
away victorious in all nine. In the morning, the traditional Dodge
Cup races with Columbia and host Penn saw a thrilling varsity race,
with Yale edging out the Lions by 1.5 seconds to keep the Cup for the
fourth year in a row. Full results here.
In the afternoon, Georgetown made the trip north after beating the Naval
Academy on the Potomac. Another close race developed between the two
varsities, and Yale moved out to an approximate 3 second victory. Full
results not available at this time.
Joy Cup retained
(April 7) The first
home race for the Yale lightweights brought M.I.T. to the Gilder Boathouse
for the renewed competition for the Joy
Cup, named after former Yale coach James C. Joy. The Elis were
successful on the day, winning the Varsity, and the 1F and 2F races. Full
(March 31) Though the
venue changed by a few miles from Lake Mercer to Lake Carnegie, the
competition for the 2007 Johnson
Cup between Yale and the US Naval Academy remained as fierce as ever.
Navy took three races, the 1V, the 1F and the 3V, while Yale won the 2V
and the 2F races. In the Johnson Cup race between the varsities, Navy took
an early lead on Yale and moved away to their final margin of 2 seconds
around the 1000 meter mark, and Yale was unable to make an impression in
the second thousand. The 2V race saw a Navy lead of about 7 seats
evaporate in the second thousand, with the Elis rowing through for the 1.7
second win. The 1F race was the closest of the day, and again Navy took an
early lead of about a length before Yale made a strong bid for the win in
the last 500, coming on 0.6 seconds short when the flag dropped. The 2F
claimed their race leading from start to finish, and the Navy 3V did the
same in their race. For full results, click here.
Freesh finish 3rd and 7th in
For the first time since 1999 the Yale lights finished third at the Belly
of the Carnegie, and the 'B' boat finished seventh. Yale's combined
lightweight time was second only to the US Naval Academy. This wraps up
the fall racing for the entire Yale 150 squad, who will resume racing on
March 31 against Navy. For full results, click here.
John Morrell '86 profiled in
(October 26) He began his rowing
career as a walk-on at Yale and eventually found a spot in the varsity
boat. And better yet, he used that experience to help create one of the
most interesting recent inventions -- the Segway.
Could the design of the Segway -- the
computer-controlled two-wheeled transportation device that was so
noteworthy when it was introduced in 2001 -- been influenced by what
happened in a Yale crew shell years before? For the rest of the article,
(October 22) The Yale lights opened and closed their fall racing season
with some mixed results at the Head of the Charles. The Youth 8+ opened
the day with a strong performance, moving up a place from 2005 to finish
7th overall and within the 5% necessary to qualify an entry for 2007. The
lightweight 4+ also had a good row, finishing fourth and best among
American colleges, just 2% off the winner and qualifying for 2007. In
contrast, the lightweight 8+ did not have a quality row, finishing 10th in
raw time but dropping to 12th with a 10-second missed buoy penalty. There
were some Y 150 winners on the day, however. Trevor Young '06 and Steve
Cheng '01 won the light eight with Team Canada. The win was Cheng's second
Charles victory. For full results, click here.
Cheng Y150 '01 wins silver
medal at Worlds
Stephen Cheng '01coxed the Canadian HWT 4+ to a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships in
Eton, England. This is Steve's second trip to the Worlds, and his second
silver medal, having been in 2004, when
he won the silver medal with the Canadian 4+. Steve was also the coxswain
for Cambridge's Goldie crew in the Boat Race. Steve's crews at Yale -- which included Andy
Liverman in 2000 and 2001 -- won the Sprints and the IRA and the Temple
Andy Liverman '02 did not
find himself and his LWT 4x on the medal stand, finishing 5th. This was
Andy's third time on the US team. He won the bronze in the LWT 8+ in 2002,
and finished 11th in the LWT 1x in 2003. Andy won two IRA national
championships, three Sprints titles and the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley
in his Yale lightweight career. Andy has also won the Head of the Charles
4 times, in the LWT 8+ twice with Yale, in the LWT 1x, and in the LWT 4+
named captain for 2006 - 2007
Brendan Stallard BR
'07 was elected captain of the lightweight crew by a vote of his peers.
Stallard, a native of Philadelphia, PA, rowed in the bronze medal 2V at
the EARC Sprints and in the 4- that rowed at Henley in 2005. Brendan comes
to Yale from the nationally renowned St.
Joe's Prep crew. Stallard is the third Yale lightweight captain from the
Prep since 2001, joining Andrew Morley '01 and Joe Fallon '06 as leaders
of the Eli 150s.
(June 3) Despite beating
everyone in the EARC league at least once this year, the Yale lightweights
were unable to beat 'em all at the same time down in Camden on a flooded
Cooper River course. In the morning heats, despite a rudder-and-skeg
misadventure, Yale snuck into the Grand Finals, finishing third. In the
afternoon final, a strong start saw Yale in the lead at 500 meters,
but by the 1000 the Eli had faded to third. The second half of the race
saw Yale unable to find championship base speed, a problem all year
for the Blue. Yale finished fifth in a pack with Princeton, Columbia, and
Navy, all crews that had handed over their shirts to Yale during the
course of the season. Cornell won their second IRA win by the slimmest of
margins over Harvard. Both crews had lost to Y 150 during the year.
Interestingly, the silver and bronze medal crews at the Sprints -- Navy
and Yale respectively -- wound up fifth and sixth just two weeks later,
highlighting just how close the racing is in the EARC lightweight league.
The margin from first-to-sixth was only 4.47 seconds. The 4- of young
oarsmen from the bronze medalist 2V boat finished ninth overall. The
senior pair of James Higgins and Dan Coleman finished 16th. For full
results, click here.
Yale wins H-Y-P regatta
(April 29) On their home
waters of the Housatonic, the Yale
lightweights re-claimed the Vogel
Cups against arch-rivals Harvard and Princeton. Another thrilling edition
of the classic H-Y-P series saw Yale take an early lead and withstand
strong challenges from both the Tigers and the Crimson, who essentially
wound up level only 1 second behind the victorious Eli eight. This Yale
win breaks the Harvard three-year hold on the Goldthwait
Cup, who broke Yale's three-year streak in 2003. Though Harvard took
home the 2V race in convincing fashion (Yale second), the 1F race was
another nail-biter, which saw two lead changes before the Bulldogs
outsprinted the Tigers for the win. Yale recorded two firsts, three
seconds, and no thirds in the regatta, which added up to the first Vogel
Cup win for the Eli since the Cup's inaugural race in 2003. Final
tally was Yale 40, and Harvard and Princeton tied at 22. For full results,
The H-Y-P regatta resumes in 2007 on Lake Carnegie.
Down 2, Up 1
(April 22 & 23) The Yale
lightweights raced twice on the weekend, on Saturday against Rutgers and
Dartmouth in New Brunswick, and on Sunday against Georgetown in Derby. It
was a weekend of mixed results, with the Durand
Cup remaining with Rutgers for the first time since 1978. The bright
spots on the day were the 1F victory over Dartmouth, and the 3V win over
combo boats from both Rutgers and Dartmouth. Sunday saw the Eli bounce
back against Georgetown, where the Bulldogs swept the races against the
Hoyas. Full results for the Durand Cup here,
and the Georgetown results are here.
(April 15) The Yale
lightweights raced twice today on windy Lake Mercer today, winning both
Cup in the morning and defeating Cornell in the afternoon. While the
conditions were favorable for the morning races, the afternoon saw warm
temperatures and a stiff breeze that kicked up some significant chop.
Other Yale winners include the Yale 3V over Cornell, and the Yale 1F and
2V over Penn and Columbia. Dodge Cup results here
and Yale-Cornell results here.
No foolin': Johnson
Cup is Yale's in '06
(April 1) The Yale
lightweights opened the 2006 season racing against Navy for the Johnson Cup
at Mercer Lake, and after two years of Navy victories, the Bulldogs
claimed the Cup for the first time since it's inaugural race in 2004. The
Johnson Cup -- named for Yale 150 captain Eads Johnson '34 -- has featured
the last two national champions: Yale in 2005 and Navy in 2004. In
other races, Navy defeated Yale across the board. the 4V 4+ was unable to
be completed due to near-Biblical conditions, with Navy in the lead.
Belly of the
Freesh Finish Fine
(November 13) The Yale
150s sent their first-years down to Lake Carnegie in mixed eights to race
it up against the rest of the league today, and they came back winning the
"most even" award, finishing just 0.86 seconds apart in 5th and
6th place. The Belly marks the end of the fall racing season for the Yale
lightweights. For full results, click here.
3-Mile Chase Report:
A Pair o' Mugs
(October 30) The Yale
lightweights had a pair of good performances at the 3-Mile Chase, with the
pair of Joe Fallon '06 and Trevor Young '06 taking home some Chase mugs
with their first-place finish in the men's pair. The Yale lightweight
eight was looking to improve on their fifth-place performance of 2004, and
they did just that, moving up two slots to finish third, only 1.23 seconds
out of second and 5.28 behind the winning Penn crew. In contrast to 2004,
when Harvard blew the event open with a 24-second win over 5th place Yale,
2005 saw five crews within 5.81 seconds of the leader. For full results,
This concludes the fall racing season for the Yale varsity lightweights,
though the freshman have one race remaining, the Belly of the Carnegie on
Head of the Charles Report:
(October 23) The Yale
lightweights had good performances from all three Bulldog entries, with
the lightweight 8+ and the lightweight 4+ both coming in third overall and
first among the college entries. Alum Andy
Liverman '02 had a good day as
well, winning the lightweight single. Starting sixth, the lightweight 8+
overcame a Navy lead at Cambridge Boat Club to come in first among
colleges, and 15 seconds behind winner Riverside BC. The lightweight 4+
also overcame a deficit to Princeton at Weld Boathouse, to finish 4
seconds ahead of the Tigers and third overall behind the Ottawa Rowing
Club. The Youth 8+ started very deep, with bow # 58, but passed four crews
in posting the eighth fastest time. Andy Liverman '02 overcame a deficit
to Rob Zechmann in the last stretch of the river to win by five seconds.
This was Andy's fourth win at the Head of the Charles, having won the
lightweight eight in 2000 and 2001 with the Yale lightweights and the
lightweight four with NYAC in 2003. Congrats Andy on your 'Charles Cycle'.
results, click here.
(October 9) The worst
flooding the Connecticut River has seen in 25 years washed away the second
fall racing opportunity for the Yale 150s on Sunday, one day after the
Bulldogs opened the fall season on the friendly waters of the Housatonic.
While there are no results from the Connecticut, here are the results from
the Head of the Housatonic, which saw the lightweights win the LWT 8+, the
Open 8+, and the Freshman/Novice 8+. Full results here.
The Elis will next race on the Charles River at the Head of the Charles on
October 23. Events entered are the LWT 8+, the LWT 4+, and the Youth 8+.
Bulldogs v. Bantams
(July 3) The 2005
National Champion Yale
lightweights made it all the way to the finals of the 2005 Temple Cup like
they did in 2000, but this time there was no glorious upset of a
heavyweight crew that out-weighed the Bulldogs by two stone a man on
average. In making the final, the Yale lightweights became only the third
lightweight crew in Temple Cup history to make the final (and the second Yale 150-lb.
crew). However, the great run of close races and thrilling finishes that
started with the Durand Cup races in mid-April ended a day before the
Fourth of July, when Trinity College Hartford erased an early Yale lead
and took the Temple Cup with a strong effort through the middle of Henley
Reach. Of course, there was some Eli in that Trinity win, for Wesley Ng
'02 of the 2002 Yale 150 national champions is the assistant coach for the
Bantams. Well rowed Wes and Trinity, you have our congratulations for a
great regatta. At least the Cup holder is in Connecticut! For full
details, go to the Henley website at http://www.hrr.co.uk/
YALE WINS NATIONAL
(June 4) The Yale
lightweights added another national championship to their history today by
taking the 2005 IRA in Camden by 1.5 seconds over Cornell. Leading the
extremely competitive field from the start, Yale led pillar to post to
claim their first IRA title since 2002 and their third in the last six
years. The crew of cox Dorothy Halsey, stroke Dave Werner, 7 Joe
Fahrendorf, 6 Joe Fallon, 5 Alex Ramsay, 4 Andrew Towne, 3 Trevor Young, 2
Bill Jarmuz, and bow Bob Kennedy gained a measure of satisfaction after
having lost the EARC Sprints by a mere 0.23 seconds. The win qualifies the
Yale 150s for a trip to the Henley Royal Regatta later this year. In other
races, the coxless four placed fourth in the petites and the freshman
coxed four finished fifth in the Grand final. Full results here.
Freshman 4+ wins heat
(June 2) The Yale
freshman lightweight four won their heat today in a time of 6:52.6,
finishing ahead of Hobart, Brown, Syracuse and B.U.. The win qualifies the
crew to go directly to the semi-finals on Friday. The top three finishers
in the semi-finals proceed to the Grand Final on Saturday. Other heat
winners were George Washington Univ., Temple, and Harvard.
(May 15) The Yale
lightweights were close -- very close -- but could not light up the
proverbial cigar at the EARC Sprints on Lake Quinsigamond today in
record-setting conditions. The 4th-ranked Elis led the
almost the whole way, being overtaken by Harvard and coming up 0.23
seconds short in the last few strokes. Even closer was the margin between
silver Yale and bronze Cornell. All three medallist crews broke Yale's
2001 course record of 5:41.2. In other races, the Bulldogs finished just
out of the medals in the 1F Grand Final, just 0.3 seconds off the Columbia
crew which had beaten them by a more substantial margin earlier in the
year. The 3V also finished fourth, matching their ranking going into the
regatta. The 2V had a rough go of it in the heats, finishing 8th overall.
For full Sprints results, click here.
Next up for the Yale lightweights is the IRA National Championship regatta
on June 4.
(April 30) The Yale
lightweights were not quite up to the task of unseating number one ranked
Harvard on their home course on the Charles, but they gave it a good go,
forcing Harvard to row the Bulldogs down with just under 500 meters to go.
The rest of the day was equally mixed, with the fifth-ranked 1F beating #4
Harvard but falling to #3 Princeton, while the 2V finished third and
failed to improve their seed for the Sprints. Like the 1F, the 3V beat
Harvard but fell to Princeton. And in the closest result of the day, the
2F 4+ edged Harvard in a nip-and-tuck 2000 meter battle, a real classic.
Full results here.
Yale wins in Hanover
(April 23) On a swift but
flat-water Connecticut River in Hanover today, the Yale lightweights
retained the Durand
Cup for the eleventh straight year, besting second place Rutgers by
6.9 seconds and host Dartmouth by 8.3 seconds. The 2V also posted a narrow
0.75 second win over Dartmouth, and the 1F and 3V 4+ won as well. In
Yale's only loss of the day, the combination 2F/3V eight lost to Rutgers
in a real see-saw classic, 5:49.9 to 5:50.4. For full
results, click here.
One up, one down
(April 17) An up-and-down
weekend saw the Yale lightweight varsity win by a bowball in the Dodge
Cup against Penn and Columbia, and then lose by one length to the Big
Red of Cornell in Ithaca. The non-traditional weekend saw Yale travel to
Ithaca for the first time ever following a home race. The 1F boat was able
to pull off a come-from-behind win over Cornell. Dodge Cup results here,
and Cornell results here.
(April 9) The addition of
the Boston College lightweights to this year's Joy
Cup against M.I.T. lent an added spice to this early season race in
which the Yale lightweight varsity sought it's first win of the 2005
campaign. The two squads from Cambridge and Chestnut Hill fell to the
Bulldogs in all three events. Full results here.
(April 2) The Yale
Lightweights failed to wrest the Johnson
Cup from the Navy Midshipmen on a rough Mercer County course today.
The U.S. Naval Academy, the 2004 national champions, won with a wind-blown
time of 6:28.8 to Yale's 6:31.3. Navy swept the Bulldogs, winning every
race, the closest being the 2V race, which saw an 8-seat Navy lead
evaporate in the last 500, with only a few feet separating the two crews
at the finish. Full results here.
That's it 'til spring
(November 14) A week
after the varsity crews went to Lake Carnegie to row in a strong headwind,
the Yale freesh lightweights took on the Carnegie course with a firm
tailwind in the first half of the race. The even-boat format saw the two
Yale crews within 14 seconds of each other in 9th and 13th place. Results here.
(November 8) On a
blustery Lake Carnegie featuring a firm headwind, the Yale lightweights
finished 5th among the 'A' crews and second of the 'B's. The Chase marks
the end of the non-traditional racing season for the varsity. Notable
among the results was the finish of the Best Ever Boat Club, coming in a
strong 30th of 35 crews, less than 2 minutes off the leader after 20
years! For more details, talk to Coach Card. Full results here.
There is one more race left on the calendar, the Belly of the Carnegie for
freshman crews on November 14.
Head of the Charles:
(October 24) While the
Red Sox were taking on the Cardinals in the World Series, the Yale
lightweights took on most of their spring competitors on a shortened
course at the Head of the Charles. The Youth 4+ started off the day with a
strong second place finish, having started 37th and passing ten crews
along the way. Demonstrating the parity in the league, the lightweight
eight finished in the peleton with Princeton, Georgetown, Harvard, and
Penn, with only 3.6 seconds between all five crews. It was so close that
if the Charles was the Tour de France, all those crews would be given the
same time. Navy was out in front and the top collegiate finisher. Results here.
150s open fall season
(October 11) The Yale
lightweights opened the informal fall racing season this weekend, with
split squad head races at the Head of the Housatonic on Saturday and the
Stonehurst Invitational in Rochester on Sunday. Returning to the
Stonehurst after a year absence, the Eli finished first in a combined time
of 30:02.2. For Stonehurst results, click here.
For Housatonic results, click here.
World Championships report:
Cheng wins silver in 4+; Feins 5th in LWT 8+
(August 1) In a
barn-burner of a race, Stephen Cheng '01 coxed the Canadian men's
heavyweight four to a silver medal at the World Championships in Banyoles,
Spain. In Cheng's first trip to the World Championships, he found himself
in the tightest of races, with no more than 0.44 seconds separating first
place Italy from third place USA. Canada finished just 0.02 out of first
place. The USA 4+ -- containing Yale heavyweight Andrew Brennan '04
-- was third, 0.42 behind Canada. Eric Feins '03, rowing in the US
LWT 8+, was unable to extend his previous 3-for-3 medal streak at the
Worlds when his 8+ came in fifth in a final-only race.
National Team report:
Y 150s at Worlds: Feins '03 and Cheng '01 will race in Banyoles
(July 26) Two
former Yale lightweight teammates will row for the US and Canada
respectively at the World Rowing Championships in Banyoles, Spain,
starting on Tuesday. Eric Feins '03 from Pittsford, NY, will row
in the US lightweight eight for the fourth year in a row. Feins, a
three-year varsity member and a Sprints and National champion while at Yale,
won a silver medal last year, and two bronze medals in the preceding years
in the lightweight eight
at Worlds. Steve Cheng '01, from Toronto, Ontario, will cox the men's
heavyweight 4+ for Canada. Cheng was the Yale varsity coxswain in 2000 and
2001, and was a key member of Y 150 crews that won the the HYP, Sprints,
IRA, and the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. Last year, at
Cambridge University, Steve coxed the Goldie crew against Isis. The Worlds commence on
July 27, running through August 1 in Banyoles, Spain.
Yale sprints back
(June 5) The Yale
lightweights sent two crews down to Camden to race in the IRA, and both
the varsity eight and the coxless four came through with dramatic sprints
in the second thousand to send the program into the summer season with a
In the coxless four, the all-sophomore crew won their heat to
advance directly to the final, but then found themselves in sixth after
the start in the Grand Final on Saturday, behind Colgate, UMass, Cornell,
Lehigh, and Harvard. A strong push in the second thousand, though, saw the
Eli lightweights move through UMass, Lehigh, and their fellow lightweights
from Cornell and Harvard. Only Colgate was able to stay in front to the
end. Their silver medal is the first for the Yale lightweight program
The varsity eight found itself in fifth after the start, the
Blue surrounded by red on all sides, with Cornell in Lane 6 and Harvard in
Lane 4. After the start, Cornell moved and dropped the Bulldogs to sixth.
After a year of struggle to find the right rhythm and power, though, the
Blue were not to be bitten in the final race by the same bug. They used
the middle thousand to get back through Cornell, and then used that
momentum to move on arch-rival Harvard throughout the last 500 meter
stretch, with Yale surging and Harvard holding them off. At the line, it
was the Elis who were a canvas better.
Since the wind shadow at the IRA meant that Lanes 1, 2, and 3
would have an advantage, the Elis in Lane 5 could only hope to have a good
row and have fun trying to pick off anyone around 'em. After losses to
Cornell and Harvard during both the regular season and the Sprints, the
Bulldogs were able to turn the tables in the final race, sprinting through
the Big Red and the Crimson (the latter from open-water down) to finish
fourth overall, up two spots from their IRA seed. For the seniors in the
varsity, Gerhardt, Gibson, Rose, Toro, and Vavrichek, it was great to be
able to come off the water for the last time feeling good about sticking
together and coming through in the face of adversity.
Odds and ends: For the final of the LWT 8+,
the IRA Fairness Committee put the heat winners in Lanes 1 & 2,
second-place in 3 & 4, and third-place in 5 & 6. Yale was
originally drawn for Lane 1....[ed. note: so where was this Fairness
Committee in 2001?]...Lane 1 (Navy) won the Gold, Lane 2 (Georgetown) was
Silver, and Lane 3 (Princeton) was Bronze...Yale's sprint through Harvard
meant that in each of the last two years, the HYP schools have all each
beaten the others at least once in the same season...For full results,
click here...two former
lightweights are helping the Yale heavyweights turn things around. Patrick
Hamm '04, stroke of the Head of the Charles eight that finished second, is
now the seven seat in the Yale heavy varsity which won the IRA Petites,
and Yurij Rudensky '07, recruited as a lightweight but now rowing for the
1F heavies, stroked the Yale 1FH to a bronze medal at the IRA...
Alex Ramsay '05 elected captain for
(June 6) Alex Ramsay '05, a native of Oakland, CA, who did his high
school rowing in fours at Groton, was elected to lead
the Yale lightweight crew in 2004 - 2005. Alex was the seven seat in the
undefeated freshman eight that won the Sprints in 2002. In his sophomore
year, he was seven seat in the 2V that won the silver medal at the
Sprints. The seven-seat trend continued in the fall of 2003, when he rowed
there in the Head of the Charles eight that was the fastest
collegiate lightweight entry in the regatta. Unfortunately, Alex injured
his knee over Christmas Break, requiring surgery that ended his junior
year campaign. His power was missed in 2004. Despite being unable to row
in 2004, Alex was an active member of the team, helping out as coach and
coxswain when necessary. One thing's for sure: there's no one more eager
to return to the Housatonic in September.
Y 150 oarsman wins two
(May 23) Andrew
D. Klaber, a member of the Yale lightweight crew class of 2004 and
Trumbull College, had two honors conferred upon him at Yale's Class Day,
an emphatic celebration of a truly exceptional academic and athletic
career over the last four years.
Andrew was awarded the Arthur Twining Hadley Prize, which honors the
memory of the man who served as President of Yale from 1899 to 1921. The
Twining Prize is awarded annually to the Senior in Yale College majoring in the social sciences who ranks highest in scholarship.
Andrew was also awarded the Chantler Award, given to a graduating senior or seniors "who best exemplify the qualities of courage, strength of character and high moral purpose."
For the full citations, click here
Andrew, we're proud of you. Well done!
Test of Medal
(May 16) The Yale
lightweights had mixed results at the 2004 EARC Sprints, with the
4th-ranked 2V lights putting on an excellent second thousand push to go
from a length down to Princeton and Harvard to winning the silver medal,
only 1.3 seconds behind the Crimson, who had beaten the Eli 2V by 8.5
seconds only two weeks before at the HYPs. The 3V 4+ was able to reverse
their earlier defeat to Princeton at the HYPs, coming back to beat the
Tigers decisively by 5 seconds in the rematch. The 1V's continued search
for more speed was in vain, as the Blue was unable to make an impression
in the Grand Final, coming in 6th. The 1F was part of a thrilling heat in
the morning, with four crews racing hard for three spots. When the music
stopped it was the Elis who were left standing without a seat in the Grand
Final, by only 0.6 seconds. Still, the Bulldogs rallied and won the Petite
Final in the afternoon. For full results, click here.
(May 1) The annual H-Y-P
races, perhaps collegiate rowing's best regular season regatta, was held
on Princeton's home waters but it was Harvard's day as the Crimson took
home both the Goldthwait
Cup in the varsity race and the Vogel
Cup for overall team performance. Yale's up-and-down season continued
with a second-place finish in the Goldthwait Cup, 3.7 seconds behind
Harvard but 3.6 ahead of host Princeton. For full results, click here
for row2k coverage.
Yale wins Durand
Cup but falls to Cornell
(April 24) In a rare
rowing double-header on the Housatonic, Yale defeated the Big Green of
Dartmouth and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers to win the Durand Cup in the
morning, but was unable to finish ahead of the Big Red of Cornell in the
afternoon races. Both regattas were marked by fast conditions and stiff
tailwind. Yale won four of five races in the morning, including the
varsity race by 3.9 over Dartmouth and 5.3 over Rutgers. Durand Cup
results from row2k here.
Against Cornell, who had raced in the morning in Boston against MIT and
Columbia, Yale was unable to win the 1V and 2V events, falling to Cornell
by 2 seconds in a blistering race (5:29.4 to 5:31.4). On the freshman
level, Cornell's undefeated frosh came in with the #1 ranking but were
handed their first defeat of the year by the Eli freshman by a scant 0.8
seconds. Full row2k results here.
Yale wins Dodge
(April 17) The Red Sox -
Yankees rivalry is not the only one heating up the Northeast this weekend.
In Philadelphia, the lightweight crews of Yale, Penn, and Columbia renewed
their annual Dodge
Cup regatta on a beautiful spring day on the Schuylkill. In the
varsity race, Yale reclaimed the Dodge Cup with a 3.2 second win over
second-place Columbia, with Penn coming in third in 1.2 seconds behind the
Lions. Yale also won the 2V race, as well as the 2F 4+. Penn avoided the
Yale sweep by winning the 1F race. For full results, click here.
retains Joy Cup
(April 10) The lightweights
went to Cambridge to row in the annual Joy
Cup races against M.I.T. For full results, click here.
(April 3) The Yale Bulldogs and the Navy Midshipmen inaugurated a new Cup
race on Saturday at Mercer Lake. The Cup is named for former Yale
lightweight captain Eads Johnson, Jr., Class of 1934. Eads also served in
the Navy for "five very long years" as he put it in the ceremony
following the races, drawing a long laugh from everyone. On the day, Navy
won the varsity race and the first Johnson
Cup, while Yale won the 2V race. For full results, click here.
Evan Gibson '04 wins silver at the
(Feb. 22) Yale placed two
lightweights in the top four in the collegiate lightweight division at the
Sprints. Evan Gibson MC '04 placed second in 6:20.1, and Joe Fahrendorf MC
'06 came in fourth with a time of 6:23.4. The winner was John Hertzer of
Dartmouth in 6:17.7.
Andrew Klaber '04 wins Marshall Scholarship
(December 4) Senior Andrew Klaber, a native of Buffalo Grove, IL,
has added another honor to his long list of achievements: the Marshall
Scholarship. Klaber, 5-seat in last year's Sprints champion 3V, will
pursue a degree in Development Studies at Oxford for the next two
years. For the full Yale Daily News article, click here.
of the Carnegie report:
No blood, no foul
(November 9) For a freshman-only even-boat regatta, the 2003 Belly
of the Carnegie was rather bloodless for the EARC crews in attendance. For
the Elis, no crashes, no passing or being passed, no equipment breakage
meant a rather straightforward race. The Yale lightweights had the Slurpee
"7-11" finish. For full results, click here.
Fall racing report:
Yale Lightweights first among colleges at Head of the Charles
For the fourth time in five years, the Yale
lightweights have finished as the top college at the Head of the Charles.
The winner, New York Athletic Club, featured many elite-level oarsmen,
including former Eli lightweight Eric Feins '02. In the tightest
collegiate field in recent memory, Yale finished 4.5 seconds ahead of a
five-boat EARC pack. The Yale 2V, a qualifier from the 2002 regatta,
failed to place within 5% of the winner, finishing 20th. In the
lightweight 4+, Yale placed 9th overall and third among EARC colleges. The
Youth 8+ were unable to hold onto their fourth place starting position,
dropping to 17th. For full results, go the official Charles website at: www.hocr.org. A
week later, three Eli crews raced at the Chase. For full results of the
Chase, click here.
'03 wins silver in the lightweight 8+; Andy Liverman '02 finishes 5th in
lwt 1x B Final
(August 30) Eric Feins '03, winner of two bronze medals in the LWT
8+ in 2001 and 2002, upgraded to silver in 2003, for his third Worlds
medal in three tries. In a final-only race, last year’s silver
medallists Germany got out to a slight lead at the start, setting a blistering pace.
2002 World Champions Italy kept in close contact but did not have the same juice as Germany. With half the race gone Germany had open water leaving the United States and France to battle for silver and bronze.
Germany remained clear leaders until the end with a final charge by the United States
thrusting them into silver position leaving France to sprint for third. Germany now become the new World Champions.
In the lightweight single B-final, Andy Liverman finished his
first Worlds in the single by coming in fifth, eleventh overall, capping
an incredible inaugural season in the single. For an article and a photo of Andy, click here.
'02 (LWT 1x) and Feins '03 (LWT 8+) will represent the USA at the 2003
Worlds in Milan
(August 2) Eric Feins '03 and Andy Liverman '02 have a lot of racing to do this summer.
After being named the heavyweight single sculler for the Pan-Am Games in
early August in the Dominican Republic, Andy won the USRowing trials in
the lightweight single, and was named to the US World Championship squad
heading for Milan. Eric Feins '03 was named to the US LWT 8+ for the third
year in a row. This
is Liverman's second time on the US National Team. In 2002, he won the
bronze medal in the US men's lightweight eight at the Worlds along with
fellow Yale lightweight Eric Feins. The Worlds will be held August 24-31.
Toro '04 elected captain for 2004
(June 1) Tom Toro '04, a two-year varsity member who rowed at seven
seat in the 2002 Sprints and National Champion eight, was elected to lead
the Yale lightweight crew in 2003 - 2004. Tom is a native of California,
graduating from El Cerrito High School in 2000. Primarily a sculler for
Oakland Strokes, he did not have much sweep experience before coming to
Yale. Tom is majoring in film studies, and is the son of Andy and Jane
"True is it that we have seen better
(May 31) Nothing like a little Shakespeare for the proper
perspective on this year's IRA experience, for "when sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions".
That was the story of the 2003 IRA for the Yale varsity lightweights,
bronze medallists at the Sprints but out of the IRA Grand Finals for the
first time ever. After winning the IRA in 2000 and 2002, the defending
national champions found themselves on the outside looking in after
finishing fifth in the morning heat. It didn't get any better in the
afternoon, either, as the Yale lights finished a disappointing third. The
result stands in contrast to recent years, which have seen two Sprints
titles, two IRA national championships, numerous Cup victories, and a
Henley Royal Regatta title. As W.S. wrote in an unpublished manuscript,
"man, that sucked."
Yale wins medals in
one gold, one silver, three bronze
(May 11) The 2003 Sprints
was marked by upsets galore as only two lightweight top-seeds were able to
retain their ranking on a windy day. Yale was the only school to win a
medal in every event. In the varsity, Princeton pulled off the upset, with
Yale, Columbia, and Harvard fighting for the remaining two medals, and
when the music stopped it was Columbia second, Yale third, and Harvard
fourth. Yale pulled off a dramatic come-back in the 2V race, coming back
from three-quarters open water down to close to within a deck length of
front-runner Princeton. Yale's 1F got the bronze behind Navy and
Princeton, and the 2F also won bronze behind Navy and Cornell. The 3V won
the gold after a great battle with Cornell. This win is senior Will
Perkins' '03 third Sprints gold medal. For full results, click here.
retains Joy Cup
(May 3) The lightweights
rounded out the regular spring season with a sweep of M.I.T. on the
Housatonic River. For full results, click here.
wins Vogel Cup but loses Goldthwait Cup at HYPs
(April 26) Although
Yale's second place finish in the varsity race ended Yale's three-year win
streak in the Goldthwait Cup, second place was good enough to seal the win
in the inaugural
competition for the Vogel
Cup, awarded to the team with HYP five-boat supremacy. Harvard won the
Cup for the first time since 1997. Yale won the 1F, 3V , and 2F races,
and came in second in the 2V race. Final point totals in the Vogel Cup
were Yale 32, Harvard 29, Princeton 23. Results here.
sweeps Durand Cup in New Brunswick
(April 19) On a beautiful
spring day with great conditions, the Yale lightweights won all five races
against Dartmouth and host Rutgers. Yale retained the Durand
Cup for the ninth year in a row. For full results, click here.
10-year win streak in Dodge Cup snapped
(April 12) Yale's
ten-year win streak in the Dodge Cup was ended today by the Columbia Lions
in a great race at Orchard Beach, NY. Yale's 2V and 1F won their races,
but in the varsity race it was the Lions claiming their first Dodge
Cup win since 1964 by a margin of 3.6 seconds over second-place Yale.
Penn was third. For full results, click here.
wins Lightweight 8+ and Open 8+ at the San Diego Crew Classic for 2nd year
(April 6) The Yale
successfully defended their Lightweight 8+ and Open 8+ titles at the San
Diego Crew Classic today, defeating Navy, last year's IRA silver
medallists. For full results, click here.
defeat Georgetown in home opener
(Mar. 29) The Yale lightweights
opened their 2003 spring season today on Saturday against Georgetown at
home on the Housatonic River. Yale won all four races against the Hoyas.
For full results, click here.
Feins '03 wins bronze at the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints
(Feb. 23) Eric Feins '03
charged from the middle of the pack to get third at the C.R.A.S.H.-B
Sprints today in a time of 6:17.3, only 0.3 seconds behind silver
medallist Tom Schenck from Dartmouth. The collegiate lightweight winner
was Dave Stephens from Harvard in a time of 6:12.5.
Elis win awards
Congratulations to the following award winners!
2002 EARC Crew of the Year:
Yale Lightweight Varsity
2002 EARC Coach of the Year: Andy Card
Francis Gordon Brown Prize: Eric Feins '03
(given to the member of the Junior Class in Yale College who most closely
approaches the standards of intellectual ability, high manhood, capacity for leadership,
and service to the University set by Francis Gordon Brown.)
Phi Beta Kappa:
2002 USRowing Collegiate
Honor Roll First Team:
Yale wins the
(Oct. 27) The Yale lightweights won both the
lightweight eight and the lightweight four at the Princeton 3-Mile Chase. Yale 'B' was
sixth overall among the eights and Yale 'C' was 21st. Yale won the lightweight eight for
the second year in a row. The University of Technology Sydney (Australia) was a guest
heavyweight entrant in the noontime lightweight eight race due to an early evening Qantas
flight back to Oz. For full results, click here.
(Oct. 20) After winning the men's lightweight
eight at the Head of the Charles for the last two years, the Yale lightweights fell back
three spots to fourth in this year's regatta. Only four seconds separated second from
fourth, with NYAC the winner, ten seconds ahead of the Elis. The Yale 2V had a great row
and finished seventh overall and fourth among the colleges, less than two seconds behind
the 1V of Navy and Dartmouth. Yale is the only school to qualify two lightweight eights
for next year's regatta. In the Youth 8+, the Yale lights finished fourth and qualified
for the 2003 regatta as well. Yale's lightweight four remained cursed at the Charles, with
a 1:00 penalty for interference. For full results, click here.
(Oct. 13) It's always the little things...a
simple fluorescent course buoy on the wrong side of the shell turned a 6.54 second Yale
victory into a 3.46 Brock University victory in the 5k race at the Stonehurst Invitational
in Rochester, NY. Of course, Brock then turned around and waxed us pretty good in the 1500
meter race, so what are we complaining about? Nothing. Yale 'B' finished third. For full
results, click here.
Congratulations to Andy
Liverman '02 and Eric Feins '03, members of the USA Men's
Lightweight Eight who won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Seville.
(June 1) Yale wins the IRA
National Championship for collegiate lightweight eights for the second time in three
years, completing a perfect season undefeated in eights racing. Yale finished the IRA a
deck length ahead of silver medalist Navy and just 1.66 seconds off of the Cooper River
Congratulations to the 2002 National Champions!
The Class of 2002 finishes their Yale career with two varsity Sprints championships
and one freshman Sprints championship, two National championships, a Henley Royal Regatta
title, and two Head of the Charles lightweight eight titles. Captain Ian Malloch '02 and
Andrew Liverman '02 never lost a regular season lightweight race in four years, and the
only two losses of their whole career were by a combined total of 0.93 seconds.
Wesley Ng '02 completes his second straight undefeated season, last year as stroke of the
JV, and this year as the two seat in the varsity eight.
WELL ROWED 2002!
Patrick Gaughen, Andrew Liverman, Ian Malloch,
Wesley Ng, William Ralph, and Janek Wasserman.
(and the Jope Cup too)
(May 19) Yale follows its
undefeated season by winning the Joseph Wright Cup for first varsity crews for the second
year in a row. By finishing first in the varsity, first in the 1F, and second in the 2V,
Yale repeats as Jope Cup champions for overall lightweight team supremacy in the EARC. In
the 2V race, undefeated Navy raced undefeated Yale all the way down the course and in the
end it was the Midshipmen who won the gold with Yale taking a hard-fought silver medal. It
was the opposite story in the first freshman race, where undefeated Yale overcame
undefeated Navy and the rest of a very tight field to take home the gold in a very
exciting race. Only 3.37 seconds separated first from sixth. For full results, click here.
Junior Varsity Silver
First Freshman Gold
Third Varsity Gold
Second Freshman Sixth
Yale wins HYP for 3rd year in a row
(May 4) Yale won the Goldthwait Cup against Princeton and Harvard on a windy
Charles River for the third consecutive year. Yale's 2V and 1F also won. For full race
times, click here.
Yale beats Dartmouth and Rutgers to
retain Loyal Durand Cup
(April 27) The Yale Lightweights travelled to
Hanover, NH to race for the Durand Cup on a changeable
Connecticut River. Yale won the varsity, junior varsity, third varsity, and first freshman
races, while coming in third in the second freshman race. For full race times, click here.
Yale defends Dodge Cup in Derby
(April 20) The Yale Lightweights held onto the Dodge Cup against Penn and Columbia in four of
five races on the Housatonic today, winning the varsity, junior varsity, first freshman
eight, and the third varsity fours races. Penn won the second freshman four. For full
results, click here.
Yale defeats Georgetown
(April 13) The Yale lightweights won all four
races against the Georgetown Hoyas on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, NJ today, including the
first EARC lightweight 2- race in many years (if ever?). Results here.
Yale doubles up at San Diego
(April 7) The Yale lightweights won both
the Men's Open 8+ and the Collegiate Lightweight 8+ at the San Diego Crew Classic in
back-to-back races on Sunday. This marks the fifth time in the last six years that Yale
has won the Secretary
of the Navy Cup (Yale did not go in 2001), and the first time that they have won two
events at the Crew Classic. Results here.
Yale retains James C. Joy Cup
(March 30) Yale's spring racing season
began with a sweep of the choppy Charles over M.I.T. in the traditional Joy Cup, raced annually between
the two schools. Due to a nasty 15 knot plus quartering headwind (gusting up to 25 knots),
the races featured floating starts and a tough 1st thousand meters. For full results,
wins the 3-Mile Chase
Yale wins the Charles
Yale wins the Stonehurst
Yale wins the Housatonic
wins the 3-Mile Chase
(Princeton, NJ, Oct. 28) - The Yale
Lightweights concluded the fall racing season at the 3-Mile Chase by winning the
Lightweight 8+ event by 10 seconds and finishing with two fours in the top five in the
Lightweight 4+. Yale posted the fastest time of the day in the 8+, beating the Heavyweight
8+ winner U. Sydney by two seconds. The Yale 'B' crew finished sixth, ahead of all other
'B' crews, as well as some of the 'A' crews in the event. Yale 'C' was 15th out of 25
crews. For full results, click here.
YALE REPEATS AS HEAD OF THE CHARLES CHAMPION IN THE MEN'S
(Cambridge, MA, Oct. 21) - The Yale
Lightweights, the defending 2000 champions in the men's lightweight eight, retained their
"head of the river" status with a strong 8.87 second win over second-place NYAC.
Peck's Boat Club -- Yale's second boat -- was fourth, 10.45 seconds behind third-place
Brock University. Both eights will receive guaranteed entries for the 2002 regatta. The
Youth 4+ was fourth and within the 5% qualification to receive automatic entry for 2002.
The Lightweight 4+ was 13th. For full results, click here for the Head of the Charles website.
Yale wins Stonehurst Invitational
(Rochester, NY, Oct. 14) - The Yale
Lightweights raced for the second weekend in a row and added the Stonehurst Invitational
Lightweight 8+ to their list of accomplishments. In a unique format of a 5k race in the
morning followed by a 1500 meter dash in the afternoon, Yale 'A' won both races, the 5k by
22.7 seconds, and the 1500 meter piece by a narrow 0.14 second margin. Yale 'B', with a
rather powerful yet inflexible four seat, came in a surprising third in the 5k, but came
back to earth in the 1500 by coming in sixth. Yale 'B' finished fifth overall. In the Open
4+, Yale 'B' was the lighweight entry, and they finished a respectable eighth in a field
of 17 heavyweight crews. For full results, click here. For
a thorough breakdown of the racing format, go to the Stonehurst website.
Eric Feins '03 wins the
bronze medal in the USA LWT 8+ at the 2001 World Championships
Eric Feins '03 completed his
incredible sophomore season at Yale by rowing for the USA in the men's lightweight eight
at the World Championships. In a thrilling final, the eight went from sixth to third, just
edging out Italy who finished fourth. France won the event in 5:37.21, with Denmark second
in 5:37.99, with the USA finishing in 5:38.80.
have the magic touch at Henley Royal Regatta; if you're good enough to beat us, you're
good enough to win
-- Yale bows out at HRR to eventual winners in
Temple, Brittania, and Visitors' Cups --
The Sprints Champion Yale varsity
lightweights had to break into two fours for Henley 2001 (Temple Cup champions are not
allowed to row in the event again), entering a coxed four in the Brittania Cup and a
straight four in the Visitors' Cup, while the Sprints Champion 2V was this year's Yale
representative in the Temple Cup. The gods of Henley were capricious this year, and both
the fours and the eight found the eventual winners in their half of the Draw. The Brittania 4+ lost to Notts County on Thursday
after beating Reading on Wednesday, and the Visitors'
4- lost to Oxford Brookes and Taurus B.C. in the first round on Thursday. The Temple Cup 2V, after beating Durham University
on Wednesday and Queen's University Belfast on Thursday, drew ASR Nereus of Amsterdam on
Friday. Fifteen strokes into the race, Nereus suffered a damaged seat, and was forced to
stop racing. Since there is no breakage rule at Henley, Yale advanced to the semi-final on
Saturday against Harvard 'A', the freshman heavyweights. Giving away 28 pounds a man to
the heavyweight Harvard crew, the Yale 2V lights led the race through the Barrier, were
close to level at Fawley, but then saw their incredible Henley run come to a close, with
the winning time of 6:27, and a final verdict of one length and a quarter lengths. Though
it is somewhat dubious given the vagaries of the Henley Draw to hail the fact that Yale
made it to the semi-final round of four (further than any of the three EARC lightweight
varsity crews entered), it should be pointed out that the Yale 2V lights did in fact beat
the Dartmouth 1V lights (and the Trinity heavyweight varsity) in head-to-head racing at
the Reading Town Regatta on June 30.
What a finish!
In the last two years, the Yale
Lightweights have completed a long amazing run of 56 victories (and that's not counting
the 2000 Temple Challenge Cup win at Henley and the 2000 Head of the Charles win) to
just 2 losses (by a total combined time of 0.95 seconds) . Yale's bid to win a
second straight IRA Lightweight National Championship fell just 0.8 seconds short to
archrival Harvard in another classic lightweight battle on the Cooper River. The IRN has
it wrong: that wasn't an "improbable" win by Harvard (they weren't exactly slow
at the HYP and the Sprints); it was a thrilling race all the way down the course.
Harvard made a bid and threw it out there early, and Yale came back from open water
down with 500 to go to close to within a deck length at the finish in a near repeat of the
2000 IRA. Sure, we wanted to win this year too, but we wouldn't trade our season for
anyone's. Congratulations to the
2001 National Champions from the 2001 EARC Sprints champions!
(and the Jope Cup too)
(May 13) Yale follows its
undefeated season by winning the Joseph Wright Cup, setting two new course records,
winning the Cornell Trophy in the Junior Varsity, and bringing home the Jope Cup for
overall team supremacy. Results here.
Junior Varsity Gold
First Freshman Silver
Third Varsity Silver
Second Freshman Silver
Yale wins Goldthwait
(April 28) The Yale varsity
lightweights captured the Goldthwait
Cup over Harvard and Princeton for the second year in a row at the World Cup at Mercer
County while the 2V, 3V, and 2F won their races on Lake Carnegie. The 1F finished second
to Princeton while beating Harvard. Results here.
coxswain's race cancelled by heartless corporate World Cup 'suits'; riot ensues as rabid
"Mini-HYP" devotees turned away
-- Three coxswains arrested for punching National Guardsmen in the shins
during wild melee in Princeton --
Yale wins Durand Cup over
Dartmouth and Rutgers & defeats Cornell and Georgetown
(April 21 & 22) Yale
completed a weekend sweep by winning all ten races on Saturday and Sunday. For
Dartmouth-Rutgers results, click here. For Georgetown -
Cornell results, click here.
Yale wins Dodge Cup
(April 14) Yale won
all five races at the Dodge
Cup, raced this year on nice early spring conditions on the Schuylkill River in
Philadelphia. For all results, click here. The oarsmen
thank the parents for all those Pat's Steaks; the coach thanks same for all the
veggies, fruit, and water.
(April 14) Yale won
all five races at the Dodge
Cup, raced this year on nice early spring conditions on the Schuylkill River in
Philadelphia. For all results, click here. The oarsmen
thank the parents for all those Pat's Steaks; the coach thanks same for all the
veggies, fruit, and water.
Yale retains Joy Cup
(March 31) On a swollen
Housatonic River, the first home race at the new Gilder
Boathouse sees Yale defeat M.I.T. in all four races to hold onto the James C. Joy Cup. For results,
Head of the
YALE WINS LWT 8+!
First collegiate crew to win the event since 1979
4+s are 5th (top college) and 11th, Youth 8+ is 3rd
Schuylkill & Chase
Yale, the only EARC team to race (and weigh-in) with full
squads at both the Head of the Schuylkill and the Chase, had an awesome time racing this
weekend. We won the LWT
4+ at the Chase, and had two close second-place finishes in the LWT 8+ at both the Schuylkill and the Chase. Our B and C
boats beat all the other Bs and Cs at the Chase.
YALE WINS HENLEY!
Six-seat Ian Malloch '02 after defeating Oxford Brookes University in the final of
the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.
[Now, there was one contest in England that we didn't win, but at least we
made the Top Ten! Click here.]
- Excellent news from Camden! -
finish thrills crowd -
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS -
- Captain Pollock celebrates birthday -
- THE LYNX
SYSTEM TELLS THE TALE -
- The crew on
the course -
- Not-so-Straight four DQ'd from Grand
Final for just that -
- The crew: coxswain Steve Cheng '01 stroke
Andrew Morley '01
7 Pat McGarvey '01 6 Ian Malloch '02 5
Andy Liverman '02
4 John Logsdon '01, 3 Dave Brown '01, 2
Thad Pollock '00
bow Ty Johnson '00 -
- thorough coverage here from row2k -
A Sliver of Silver
At the Sprints, Yale (10-0 regular season) was second
by 0.11 seconds in an incredibly close race with Columbia and Harvard (click here for the photo
finish). The 2V (6-3) picked up a silver medal with a tremendous sprint from
fourth place. The 1F (8-1) was edged out of the silver by Dartmouth by 0.06 seconds. The
2F (4-2) won the gold, avenging earlier losses to Rutgers and Cornell. Yale was second by
one point in the Jope Cup, behind Princeton. For results, please click here for row2k coverage.
Congratulations to all the champions of the
2000 EARC Sprints! At the Sprints, Yale (10-0 regular season) was second
by 0.11 seconds in an incredibly close race with Columbia and Harvard (click here for the photo
finish). The 2V (6-3) picked up a silver medal with a tremendous sprint from
fourth place. The 1F (8-1) was edged out of the silver by Dartmouth by 0.06 seconds. The
2F (4-2) won the gold, avenging earlier losses to Rutgers and Cornell. Yale was second by
one point in the Jope Cup, behind Princeton. For results, please click here for row2k coverage.
Congratulations to all the champions of the
2000 EARC Sprints!
2000 Spring Racing Results
Yale v. Harvard & Princeton Goldthwait Cup
Yale v. Dartmouth & Rutgers Durand
Yale v. Cornell & Georgetown
Yale v. Penn & Columbia
Dodge Cup results
Yale v. M.I.T.
San Diego Crew Classic
For the official race site, go to: San
Diego Crew Classic.
1999 Fall Racing Wrap-up
Head of the Housatonic
Princeton 3-Mile Chase
YDN article click here.
Head of the Charles
Third in the Lightweight 8+ (1st among colleges)
Second in the Youth 8 +
Eighth in the Lightweight 4+ (2nd among colleges)
Dave Sanderson '98 wins the Lightweight Single again
Yale Daily News article, click here. For a great photo,
Head of the Schuylkill
Yale Freshman Invitational
Belly of the Carnegie
Yale Class of 2008
1986 - 2006
Beloved friend and teammate