The Johnson Cup 
Saturday, March 31, 2012 

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2000 HRR Official Report

Win These
Prior to 2005, Yale owned the fastest times ever recorded at the EARC Sprints, both set in 2001. The fastest ever time is by the Yale varsity: 5:41.2, and the second fastest time ever is 5:42.99, recorded by the Yale JV. Though the 2V record still stands, the new record is 5:38.894, set by Dartmouth at the 2007 Sprints. 

• Bill Jarmuz '05 won the IRA National Championship on June 4, and then hopped in the HWT 2V that won the Boat Race against Harvard one week later on June 11. Congrats Bill, what a double-header!

• Yale's 2000 win at Henley wais the first time that a collegiate lightweight crew won any event at Henley since 1974. Princeton is the only other EARC LWT crew to win the event. 

• Yale is the only team to have medalled at the IRA National Championship the last two years.

• Yale is the only lightweight team to send a full freshman lightweight eight to the IRA.

• Yale's 2V made the semi-finals at the 2001 Henley Royal Regatta, after finishing 8th in the 2V HWT event at the IRA Regatta.

1F at the Sprints

Henley Champions  (note Redgrave's autograph top left)

Bend it

Yale are national champions for 2011
(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 dropped. 
   The victory today was Yale's fourth national title since 2000, and it will send the crew to Henley Royal Regatta in late June. 
   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

Sprints uprising
(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 33. 

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 fashion.
   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.

(April 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 scheduled.
   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.

Dodge-y Cup
(April 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
(April 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 Georgetown's 5:54.5.
   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
(April 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 Scholarship
(Nov 23) Washington, DC - Senior 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 more... 

Chase over, winter begins
(Oct 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 Hakanson.
    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 Chase.
    "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+
(Oct 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 Bridgwater, Peter Bridgwater, Emery Schoenly and coxswain Ilana Usiskin, finished first with a time of 16:23.6 while Yale's "A" entry of Patrick O'Keefe, Kalani Rosell, Chris Mayerfeld,Samuel 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.

2010 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 Boat Club.
   Yale will complete its fall season next Sunday at the Princeton 3-mile Chase, held on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.

Complete 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.

Four 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.

Full results can be found here.

The 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 late July. 

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 earlier. 
   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 Penn. 
   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 May 1. 
    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 record. 
   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

Lake Carnage
(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 Goldthwait Cup
   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.

Double-Dodge Weekend
(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.

Spring heat 
(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. 

Y150 on NPR
(February 1) Current lightweight Rich Littlehale '10 and former Y150 Bob Casey '10 talked to NPR's Robert Seigel about their business venture Click here for the interview. Good luck Rich and Bob!

Try-State Regional 
(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.  

Chase It
(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.

Opening Course
(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 racing. 

Colin Farrell appointed freshman
lightweight coach
(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- in 2007. 
     "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 Cup. 
   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 heavyweight crews.

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 Schmertzler '10. 
   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 race. 

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 Princeton. 
  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.

Sprints Gold for 2V, bronze 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 4.5 seconds. 
   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 Princeton.  
   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 to Hoyas 
(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. 
   Click here 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 the Charles. 
   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 150 coach
(Aug 5) Patrick 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 Deerfield, Mass.

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: 
(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 results.
  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 results.
   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, Silver, Silver, Bronze
(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:

Yale 35   Princeton 31   Harvard 19

Full results here, and the Yale article here.

Yale reclaims Durand Cup 
(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 Housatonic
(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.  

Opener Up
(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

Belly Good
(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.

Chased Performance
(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.

Charles Up!
(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.  

IRA Report:
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 Final. 
  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 lightweights.
  For full IRA results, click here.

(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 varsity Goldthwait 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 with 21.
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 results here

Opening Close
(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 Jersey
(November 12)  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 Ivy@50
(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, click here.

Charles results
(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 Cup. 

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+ with NYAC.

Stallard 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.

IRA spells end 
(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 and Goldthwait 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, click here. 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.

Win(d) Jersey
(April 15) The Yale lightweights raced twice today on windy Lake Mercer today, winning both the Dodge 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 Carnegie Report:
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, click here. This concludes the fall racing season for the Yale varsity lightweights, though the freshman have one race remaining, the Belly of the Carnegie on November 13. 

Head of the Charles Report:
Head's up
(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'. For full results, click here

Housatonic & Connecticut Report:
Flood watch
(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+.

Henley Report:
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 .

IRA Report:
(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.

IRA Report:
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. 

No cigar
(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. 

Not, quite
(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

Eagles Eyed
(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

Navy Blue
(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.

Belly wrap-up: 
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.

3-Mile Chase: 
Wind-ing Up
(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: 
Short series
(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

Fall racing: 
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.

IRA report:  
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 flourish. 
  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 since 1994.
   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 2005
 (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 Yale awards
(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 and 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.

Gold-thwarted Cup
(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 Cup
(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.

Yale 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

Can't Opener
(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 C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints
(Feb. 22) Yale placed two lightweights in the top four in the collegiate lightweight division at the C.R.A.S.H.-B 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.

Off-the-water report:
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

Belly 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: A week later, three Eli crews raced at the Chase. For full results of the Chase, click here.

World Championships report: 
Eric Feins '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.

Liverman '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.

Tamas 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 Toro. 

"True is it that we have seen better days."
 (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."

Wind Sprints
Yale wins medals in every event: 
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.

Yale 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

Yale 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 Goldthwait 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.

Yale 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.

Yale's 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.

Yale 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.

Lightweights 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
Eric 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:                         Andrew Klaber '04
2002 USRowing Collegiate
Honor Roll First Team:               Tamas Toro '04

Yale wins the Chase
(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.

Back-to-back to pack
(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.

Oh Buoy
(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 course record.

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.

Patrick Gaughen, Andrew Liverman, Ian Malloch,
Wesley Ng, William Ralph, and Janek Wasserman.

Wright Away
(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  
First Freshman  
Third Varsity   
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, click here.

Yale wins the 3-Mile Chase
Yale wins the Charles
Yale wins the Stonehurst
Yale wins the Housatonic

Yale 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.

(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.

Yale lightweights 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!

Wright result
(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  
First Freshman  
Third Varsity   
Second Freshman  

Yale wins Goldthwait Cup
(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.

Traditional HYP 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, click here.

Head of the Charles
First collegiate crew to win the event since 1979
LWT 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.

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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! -
- Close finish thrills crowd -
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- Captain Pollock celebrates birthday -
- 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   results
Yale v. Dartmouth & Rutgers   
Durand Cup      
Yale v. Cornell
& Georgetown                                          results
Yale v. Penn & Columbia             Dodge Cup
Yale v. M.I.T.                               Joy Cup                   results

San Diego Crew Classic                                                  results
For the official race site, go to: San Diego Crew Classic.

1999 Fall Racing Wrap-up
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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, click here.
Head of the Schuylkill
Yale Freshman Invitational
Belly of the Carnegie


Alexander Capelluto
Yale Class of 2008
1986 - 2006

Beloved friend and teammate

Merrit Parkway

2002 Varsity trophies & shirts

T. Jones v. V. Brisby -- now that's a hit

Nice afro

1979 win at Sprints


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