BULLDOG ROWING CAMP
2000 HRR Official Report
Medals don't crack but fiberglass does
(May31) - The Yale
lightweights won two medals in the IRA fours events this year, and they
wanted a medal in the eight as well, but a strong field and a stronger
telephone pole put that 3rd medal goal away.
The high for the regatta was on Saturday, when first the
coxless four won the bronze in a brand-new event. Short on their heels the
coxed four led the race from pillar-to-post to take the gold medal.
The eight faced more than a challenge from a strong
field, for on Thursday (the travel day) the stern of the varsity eight was
damaged beyond repair just outside of the race course. The generous offer
from the Princeton women's crew of a similar racing shell meant that the
crew could make as seamless a transition as possible. After that turmoil,
the crew had some good rows, but on the day could not find the top gear
necessary to run with the leaders in either the heat or the final, and
finished in 5th place.
(May 17) - The Blue
150-lb. squad went to Worcester to see if they could grab three medals in
the Jope Cup events and disrupt some rankings, and the team almost did
that across the board today.
The 4th seed Yale 1V finished third in the slower of two
heats to Cornell and Harvard to take the last qualifying spot.
The 2V finished second in their heat, also to Cornell, while
posting the third fastest time of the morning.
The 3V finished third in their heat to set up Yale as one of
four schools to have entries in all three Jope Cup events.
The finals were thrilling at all levels, starting with the
3V, who came back on the field with strong push at the 1000 meter mark.
That move along with a strong finishing spring almost saw them get on the
podium, coming within a foot of bronze medalist Navy.
The 2V raced bravely but a bit recklessly, rating far above
the field for the first 1250 or so. This did get them the lead, but that
effort caught up with the Bulldogs as they faded hard to 5th, which was
one place less than their seed.
The 1V did not get off the line the way they wanted, and that
put them on the back foot, level with Princeton and Harvard behind Cornell
and Columbia. The crew did manage to move slowly away from Harvard, but
were unable to keep up with the leading pack, to finish at their seed,
This finish qualifies the Eli for a place at the national
championship table in two weeks, in Mercer County at the IRA Regatta.
(April 25) -
The Goldthwait Cup and Vogel Cup annual competition is always a barn-burner, and 2015 was no different here today in fast conditions on the Housatonic River.
In a race that went all the way down to the wire, Princeton took the varsity event over Yale by 1.15 seconds who were in turn 2.55 seconds in front of Harvard.
The 2V race saw the #1 ranked crew, Princeton, upset by both Harvard, who won, and Yale, who was second.
The 3V was won by Princeton in a come-from-behind win over Harvard with Yale trailing a length back.
The Vogel Cup was won by Princeton with a score of 35 points to Harvard's 28 to Yale's 24.
The Harvard coxswains took the coveted "Not Cheating Not Trying" Trophy by unveiling the old "row all four at a time trick". Yale second in a photo-finish ahead of Princeton.
(April 18) - Finally
some great spring weather on both the weigh-in Friday and race day
Saturday meant good things for the Eli lightrweights as they took on the
Big Green of Dartmouth in the
Durand Cup today.
The Y150s won all four races, including the varsity race for
the Cup named for legendary Y150 coach Loyal Durand. All Yale crews got
off to solid starts against Dartmouth, and were able to control the pace
throughout the 2000 meter buoyed course.
Yale has now won the Cup three years in a row following a two-year
run by Dartmouth. Full results here.
Warriors take 1-2 punch and move on
(April 12) - Well,
sometimes things don't go quite as planned, but when you take to the road
you always learn something new, and this past weekend the Yale
lightweights traveled 558 miles to race 4000 meters against league rivals
Penn with host Columbia and then Cornell over two days. In the Dodge Cup
races on Saturday, the Yale 3V won but the Yale 2V and 1V dropped exciting
races to Columbia.
After a nice dinner at the Roscoe Diner, Y150 woke up early
to take on the Cornell Big Red on the Cayuga Inlet. Despite some fine
Ithacan java, the Yale lightweights found the racing tough and the Big Red
faster, falling in all three boat categories.
(April 5 - Derby, CT)
The Johnson Cup
and the Joy Cup
both return to Gilder Boathouse as the Yale lightweights start their 2015
season with two Cup wins. On a windy and fluid Housatonic race course
yesterday, Yale was able to outlast a late charge by M.I.T. to take the 1V
race in the first racing of the morning. Both Joy Cup crews were able to
A week earlier a day trip to Lake Carnegie saw another windy
race course and a great day of racing against the U.S. Naval Academy. Yale
was able to win all three races against the Midshipmen to take home the
(Princeton, NJ October
26) The Yale
lightweights closed their 2014 fall season with multiple races at the
3-Mile Chase today on Lake Carnegie.
lightweight events at the Chase have no official weigh in, but the Y150
weighed in anyway on Sunday at the following averages: A 161.0, B 165.0, C
The lightweight eight was first, and Yale's A entry finished
second to 2014 IRA Champion Cornell, and the B eight -- 7th overall -- was
faster than all the B's and some of the A's. The C eight was 3rd among the
The fours event was also a success for Y150, with Yale
placing all 4 coxed fours in the top ten with 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 9th place
Full results here.
No way home
(West Windsor, NJ) The
Yale lightweights couldn't find the right gear today on Mercer Lake in the
IRA Grand Final. The Eli had their sights set on #1 seed Cornell and
taking the national championship, but came in fourth place after Yale,
Columbia, and Harvard in turn made their runs at the Big Red. None could
overtake Cornell, who won their first 1922 Trophy since 2008.
Captain Matt O'Donoghue said after the row, "I guess it
would be nice to be on the podium with a silver or a bronze, but really we
would feel the same as we do now. We came here to win. Good job to
Cornell, nobody could beat them this spring."
The Yale lightweight four had a better final than their heat,
finishing fifth in the Grand.
The IRA group is all returning in 2014-2015, save for
graduating seniors Matt O'Donoghue, Brendan Harrington, Joshua Mann, and
No spin zone
EARC Sprints 1V Grand
Foot of the
(April 26 - Boston) The
Yale varsity came up one foot short today on the Charles, which cost them
both the Goldthwait Cup for the varsity eights and the Vogel Cup for
overall team performance at the annual contest between Yale, Harvard, and
Princeton. Princeton won the varsity eight in a virtual tie with Yale,
with Harvard 6 seconds back. The 20 Vogel Cup points for Princeton were
enough to win them the Cup for the first time since the Cup was
inaugurated in 2003..
Yale and Princeton started the race strongly, and the crews
were level through the first 1000 meters, when a good Princeton effort
pushed them out to about a half length or more lead. But Yale pushed back
throughout the last 500 in a long drive that fell just short by a
The Yale 1F gave a decent accounting of themselves, pushing
Harvard the whole way, and giving up only a length over the distance. The
2V race was all Princeton, as the crew proved their sterling record to
date was well deserved. And the combination 3V/2F race went to Princeton
believed to have won the coxswain's race, but widespread reports of
skullduggery, underhandedness, and prestidigitation were rife amongst the
& Joy Cup stay in Derby for 2014
(April 19 - Derby) For
the first time today on the Housatonic River the Yale lightweights raced
for two dual Cups named after former Yale lightweight coaches. The Durand Cup
was moved from its original Hanover site due to unsafe racing conditions
on the Connecticut River. The Joy
Cup was originally scheduled for Cambridge but M.I.T.'s travel to the
San Diego Crew Classic in early April caused a change to the Derby race
site and an afternoon clash between the two schools.
Loyal Durand and Jimmy Joy were Yale lightweight coaches in
the '50s and '60s-'70s respectively, and their crews honored them by
inaugurating these Cups. So it was fitting that Coach Dave Vogel '71 ---
who rowed for Jimmy Joy -- was on hand at the regatta to award the Joy Cup
to the victorious Yale varsity, who defeated the Beavers by seven
Earlier in the day, Yale took on Dartmouth, and the 1V
retained the Durand Cup by 7.33 seconds.
The lower boats for Yale also were unblemished on the day,
winning all their races in both the morning and afternoon tilts. Full
results can be found here.
(April 13 - Derby) The
Cornell U. lightweights won all four races today on the Housatonic, but
not without some pressure from Yale.
In the 1F, Yale held a small lead through most of the race
course, but Yale could not hold off the Big Red challenge in the last
1/3rd of the race, and Cornell went on to win by 2.14 seconds. The 2V race
was even tighter, with Cornell and Yale trading the lead throughout the
race. Coming into the last 100 meters, Cornell had the lead but Yale was
closing fast. It wasn't enough for the Bulldogs though, as it was Cornell
by a foot in the end.
The varsity race was next, and two quality crews put up fast
times for the conditions. Cornell had the better piece though, winning it
through the body of the course, and finishing in 5:56.0 to Yale's 5:59.46.
The last race was the 3V, and that was all Cornell, winning by 13
Next week will also see Y150 racing twice, but this time it's
a road-and-home I-91 experience, racing Dartmouth for the Durand Cup in
Hanover in the morning and M.I.T. for the Joy Cup in Derby in the
The Dodge Cup
(April 12 - Derby)
There was some terrific racing on the Housatonic today in the Dodge Cup,
which saw Yale take the 1V and 2V races from Columbia and Penn, while Penn
racked up a win in the 1F. In the last race of the day, Columbia's 3rd
eight beat Yale's 4th eight.
Yale defended the Dodge Cup today in a fast and close race
with Columbia. When the flag dropped, Yale was 2.14 seconds ahead of the
Lions. The 2V race was even closer, with the two crews from Yale and
Columbia trading the lead. In the end, it was Yale who pushed out for the
The 1F race was unusual, as both crews started strong but a
Yale steering error into Penn's lane and subsequent clash with the Quakers
cost the Bulldogs dearly. Although the referee did not stop the race, the
Elis were clearly disqualified by rule. Penn's time of 5:51 was very fast
especially with regard to the stoppage.
The Columbia 3V handled Yale's 4V with ease, pulling away for
a 10-second win.
But there is no rest for the Blue or the Big Red, On Sunday
the second part of the Y150 double-header weekend sees Cornell coming to
Derby for a 9 am regatta start.
'13 earns his Blue and wins The Boat Race
(April 6 - London) A
brief report from the Thames in London informs that Tom Swartz of the Yale
lightweights has won the Boat Race with his Oxford teammates and is now
celebrating somewhere in Londontown, whereabouts unavailable at this time.
Y150 sends our congratulations to Tom and the rest of his
squad for beating The Filth.
G'town in first home race
(April 5) The Yale
lightweights had their home opener to 2014 today in cool spring conditions
on the Housatonic. With M.I.T. in San Diego, the traditional Joy Cup
weekend has been postponed until later in April, but Georgetown continued
their competition with Yale today, with a 3-race regatta that was mixed in
with the women's regatta against Cornell.
Yale had two entries in the first race, and both finished
ahead of Georgetown. The 2V and 1V races also had similar results, with
Yale taking a lead early and not looking back. Full results are here.
Navy for the Johnson Cup
(March 29) The winter
that just won't die continued on Saturday, this time coming up with a late
November cross-headwind and soaking rain that left spectators and oarsmen
alike drenched with Central New Jersey flavor. Both squads endured the
challenging conditions at the finish line launching site at Lake Carnegie
as best they could before getting ready to race in the 11th year of the
Eads Johnson Jr. Cup. The first race saw two Naval Academy crews soundly
defeat a Yale combination crew, but after that it was Yale who rowed to
success in the first 2000 meter racing for both squads. The Yale 1V, 2V,
and 1F were able to get ahead early and then survive many challenges from
Navy all the way down the course. Yale wins the Johnson Cup for the 4th
year in a row, and now has an overall 7-4 record in the series. Next week
the Elis take on Georgetown at home. No weather report is available at
this time. Results here.
Our man Tom
(Swartz '13) rows with the Tommies in the Boat Race April 6
(Tom Swartz Y150 '13 rows with
the 2011 National Champions in training. Will Zeng '11 is behind Tom at
4-seat. Note that in this photo Tom is rowing on starboard; in the Boat
Race Tom will row on port.)
Yale is on
(March 8) Y150 is on the water
(Nov 2) The Y150 freshmen took
a day trip up to Hanover two days after Halloween and they brought back
some fast times and good results from the North Country.
Yale had two entries in the
men's freshman event at the Green Monster. Yale's 'A' entry finished 1st
among lightweights and 6th overall-- just one second out of fifth place--
in an impressive time of 14:49. Yale's 'B' entry was not far behind, in a
time of 15:15, 3rd among lightweights and 10th overall.
addition to boasting the fastest single lightweight entry of the regatta,
the overall results put Yale ahead of all the participating lightweight
programs, with a faster cumulative time than Dartmouth, Harvard and MIT.
Overall, they posted third-fastest aggregate time of the regatta. Full
Chased it and
(Oct 27) The Y150 squad went
down to Lake Carnegie today and took the men's lightweight eight race
decisively at the 3-Mile Chase, winning by 15 seconds over 2nd place
Princeton. The Yale 'A' crew also had the fastest time of the day overall.
The 'B' crew was second among the B's behind Cornell B, and the C boat,
primarily a 2F, had a good row also.
on a beautiful fall afternoon, the Yale fours finished 2nd, 4th, 10th, and
21st. The freesh entry camcall and 5th among lightweight
crews. Eric Esposito '17 won the men's single to get Yale's 10th coffee
mug of the day. The varsity eight coxswain and New Jersey native Ilana
Usiskin '14 had a birthday coffee in her new mug.
silver in gold country
(June 2) The Y150 won
the IRA silver medal on Lake Natoma in Folsom, California.There was a gold
rush for the national title on the West Coast, which found Harvard with an
early lead they would not relinquish. As they have all year, Yale was the
pre-eminent challenger to Harvard, and though the Eli rally fell short by
1 second, it has been a great (but not perfect season) for Yale, the
runner-up at both the Sprints and the IRA.
The lightweight four made the Grand Final but could not
repeat the speed they exhibited in the heat, and fell to fifth.
Lightweights are the best team for second year in a row
Gold & 1V Silver ~
(May 19) The Y150 has
won the Jope Cup for lightweight team supremacy for the second year in a
row, by virtue of a silver medal in the 1V, a third-straight gold medal in
the 1F, and an 'at-seed' performance from the 2V to finish fourth. This
gave Yale a total of 33 points to Harvard's 32 and Cornell's 31.
Yes, we don't have the best eight in the league -- just the
second-best eight -- but Yale does have back-to-back Jope Cup titles to
show for their efforts this campaign.
And the Kilpatrick Cup is back in the Trophy Case at the
Gilder boathouse by virtue of the 1F's 3.5 second win over Cornell. Penn
-- the only team to best the Elis this season -- finished third.
finishes regular season 8-&-wanted-that-1
(Apr 27) The Yale
lightweight varsity is 8 up and 1 down on the year, but that "1"
is the one that got away today on Lake Carnegie, the only blemish on the
Overall, the Vogel Cup Regatta found Yale a little on the backfoot
in the 2V and 3V races, but not in the 1F race. Coming into the race the
Yale freesh had lost only once to Penn, and that was an instructive race
for the crew, who were able to move away from the Princeton challenge in
the 2nd 1000 to take the Class of 2011 Bowl. Harvard won the Vogel Cup for
their overall performance. Princeton won the coxswains' race, although
witnesses have video tape of illegal Friday practice, which could nullify
the win and give the Cup to Yale.
Durand Cup at home
(Apr 20) Yale
lightweights took the Durand Cup back to their trophy case here at the
Gilder Boathouse today. This was the first Durand win over Dartmouth since
2009. Y150 also won the other three races, the 2V, 1F, and 3V 8+s. Full
results are here.
(Apr 14) The Y150
logged 650 miles this weekend and faced the challenge of three Ivy opponents.
First on the slate was the Dodge
Cup against Penn and Columbia on the Schuylkill. Yale won all the
upperclass races, losing only in the 1F to Penn. Then it was up to Ithaca
to watch the Yale men's hockey team win the NCAA championship on Saturday
night before facing their own test in the Big Red on Sunday. And that
challenge was met in the 1V and 1F races, as well as the 3V 4+. Cornell
did best Yale in the 2V matchup in a close race for the full 2k.
Congrats to Yale hockey! Stay tuned for more information
about the upcoming Durand Cup with Dartmouth.
Joy Cup stays
(Apr 6) Y150 won all
the races in the The
James C. Joy Cup Regatta, named for legendary Yale lightweight coach Jimmy
Joy. The Cup
was given in Jimmy's honor by his loyal oarsman in 1972. Georgetown has
been a recent addition to the regatta. Full race times can be found by
clicking on the Joy Cup link above.
Cup returns to Derby for 3rd year
(Mar 30) The Yale
lightweights opened their 2013 season with the Johnson
Cup against the U.S. Naval Academy today on the neutral
waters of Lake Carnegie.
This was the 10th year for the Johnson Cup, named for Y150
captain and Navy officer Eads Johnson, Jr. For the third year in a row and
5 out of the last 6 years, Yale takes the trophy home waters in Derby. The
3V 4+, as well as the 2V and the 1F were also victorious today.
Full results can be found here.
of the Housatonic
(Nov 16) Perhaps the
most exclusive fours regatta in the world, the Toenail of the Housatonic
went down this morning in perfect conditions. Results were as follows:
Y150 'A-' 21:01.4
Y150 'B-' 21:12.1
Y150 'C-' 21:22.3
Y150 'D+' 21:40.2
Y150 'E+' 21:54.6
Y150 'F+' 22:01.5
Y150 'G+' 23:30.3
Y150 'H+' 23:35.1
of Sandy Silvers
(Oct 28) The conditions
weren't Sandy (or Snowy), they were actually quite good, and so were the
results for the Y150 down on Lake Carnegie today. The varsity eights raced
first, and Yale finished second among the 'A' boats, a close-but-no-mug
1.8 seconds behind Harvard. Yale 'C' beat Yale 'B' by 0.67 seconds to
finish 11th and 12th.
In the novice event, Yale's "B"s came in 25th.
But there was more racing to come, and the lightweight fours were both
with near-mishaps (broken skeg) and near-victories, as Yale 'A" was
second overall, 6 seconds behind Harvard 'B'. Yale 'A' and 'B' finished
second and fourth, with two other fours finishing 13th and 18th.
Then the small boats threw down, and the conditions did not
disappoint. Y150 had a 2x, three 2-s, and a lone 1x to finish off the day.
Full results here.
The 8+ is 4th
and the 4+s are 2nd + 3rd
(Oct 21) The Head of
the Charles 2012 is the first chance for the EARC lightweights to get
together and race, and Y150 saw some terrific competition. It was a good
day on the river, and an upgrade to 2011's results. Starting 5th, the Yale
eight had to pass Georgetown to finish 4th overall. The two Yale fours had
a cleaner run, and the 'A' four finished second, 1.68 seconds behind NYAC,
with Colin Corcoran '11 at 2-seat. The 'B' four finished 4th on time, but
3rd place Ottawa was penalized, moving Yale 'B' up to 3rd. This is the 2nd
year in a row that Yale has finished 2-3 in the lightweight four.
(Oct 6) The first fall
regatta for the Y150 crews was a friendly home regatta, run by upstream
neighbors New Haven Rowing Club. And the weather was friendly too, as it
has been all fall.
Great conditions meant great racing, with some small boat
rowing (1x and 2-s) preceding the big eights and the fours. As there were
no lightweight categories, the Y150 took on heavyweight competition, and
the team was able to find out more about racing over the longer 5k
The eights finished first, third, and sixth, and the fours
finished second, fourth, fifth, and seventh overall. The novice eight
acquitted itself well, finishing sixth.
Also noticeable for their, um, spirit were four alumni
lightweight eights, who threw down just like old times.
Full results here.
DelGuercio is the new assistant coach
(July 18) As the new
season approaches in 2013, with freshmen now eligible for the first time
for varsity competition in men's rowing, the Y150 will also have a new
leader in the Pew Bay at the Gilder Boathouse. Ned DelGuercio from St.
Joe's Prep, Rutgers, and the U.S. National team has been named by head
coach Andy Card to the Y150 staff.
Ned, a good friend and coxswain of 3-year Y150 freshman coach
Colin Farrell, will join the team immediately. For more information, the
full press release is here.
"The Y150 just seems to get one terrific assistant coach
after another in our boat bay. I was sad to see Coach Farrell go, but I am
happy for him too, and grateful for his dedication to us while he lived a
two-city marriage. I'm also grateful for his help in finding his own
replacement, a personal friend, terrific coxswain, and dynamic coach as
well in Ned" said head coach Andy Card. "The Farrell era closes,
the DelGuercio era opens, and the Y150 rolls on."
(June 2) Given the
multitude of unplanned personnel changes during this turbulent 2012
season, the IRA edition of the Y150 varsity came up big today to get back
on the podium with a bronze medal in
Congratulations are certainly due to the gold and silver medallists
Harvard and Dartmouth respectively. In
the end, Yale just could not establish a consistent line-up and set about
finding the speed to get ahead of the Crimson and Big Green this year.
Still, the crew finished on a solid note, and improved one place from
their Sprints finish.
The top three at the IRA this year were the same three as
2011, although for Yale, by the end of the 2012 there were only two
oarsmen and the cox remaining from the 2011 national champions.
The lightweight four finished fourth in the Grand Final, and
the Varsity four finished 12th overall.
And so we bid goodbye and godspeed to the Y150 Class of 2012
who raced at the IRA:
Captain Dave Walker
coxswain Emma McBurney
(May 13) Yup, the Jope Cup for overall team
supermacy in the EARC is now back in the Elm City, as Yale's three Jope Cup crews
amassed enough points for a 5-point Jope Cup win over Harvard and
Princeton, who tied with 29 points apiece.
The #1-ranked freshmen started the day by winning their heat,
and then had a ripping good final in the afternoon to win the Gary
Kilpatrick Cup, leading all the way despite strong challenges from
Princeton and Harvard. All three crews separated themselves from the
rest of the field with the heated competition.
The #1-ranked 2V, not to be outdone by their own freesh,
capped off their season with a Cornell Trophy championship, leading
virtually the whole way for a 1.98 second victory over silver medal
The 3V race was a final-only, and the Eli raced hard and
well, but did not have the varsity-caliber power of first-place Cornell,
The fifth-ranked varsity qualified in the morning in the
third position, ensuring an invitation to the IRA in June. That was task
one. The second was to race hard and get enough Jope points to push Yale
over the top and take the Cup home. Their fourth-place finish was enough,
and for Captain Dave Walker '12 and the team, it was task complete.
Congratulations to the Harvard varsity lightweight eight on a
great season, and congratulations to all Y150s racing and representing
1V: cox Emma
McBurney '12, stroke Matt O'Donoghue '14, 7-seat Matt
Bridgwater '14, 6-seat Dave Walker '12, 5-seat Tom Swartz
'13, 4-seat David Kahan '12, 3-seat Peter Bridgwater '14,
2-seat Josh Ruck '13, bow William Ferraro '13.
2V: cox Ilana Usiskin '14, stroke Chad Bailey '12, 7-seat
Joseph Hanlon '14, 6-seat David Bloom '13 , 5-seat Patrick
O'Keefe'13, 4-seat Christopher Vasseur '13, 3-seat Daniel
Ribas '12, 2-seat Michael Glenmullen '13, bow Skylar Prill
1F: cox Kimaya Abreu '15, stroke Greg Hawkins '15,
7-seat Andrew Todd '15, 6-seat Jack Welsh '15, 5-seat Walker
Wulbern '15, 4-seat Alex Spaulding '15, 3-seat Matt Cecil
'15, 2-seat Chris Mulvey '15, bow Brandon Blaesser '15.
3V: cox Paige Fedon '12, stroke Scott Isaac '13,
7-seat Chris Pang '14, 6-seat Mikko Salovaara '14, 5-seat John
Harringa '14, 4-seat Philip Morel '14, 3-seat Adin Lykken
'14, 2-seat Cameron Best '13, bow seat Johnathan Yao '15.
2V and 1F
complete undefeated regular seasons with HYP victories
(April 28) Two #1 ranked crews showed today
why they deserved the top seed for the EARC Sprints, but one #1 was
toppled here on the very fast Housatonic River in Derby. In brisk tailwind
conditions, the Yale 2V completed its season with a strong win over
Princeton and Harvard, while the Yale freshmen, in a classic HYP battle
between three unbeaten squads, emerged from the scrape and across the
finish line first.
In the Goldthwait
Cup, it was Harvard for the third year in a row, with Princeton second and
The 3V also fell to Harvard but finished ahead of Princeton,
who had two heavyweights in the squad due to injury.
Cup, donated in honor of long-time Yale lightweight
coach David H. Vogel '71 by alumni and friends, is a points trophy nearly
unique in that it includes the results from all 5 races in the regatta,
not just the Jope Cup races. Harvard won the Cup, with 35 points to
Yale's 28 and Princeton's 21.
The next regatta for the Elis will be the EARC Sprints
on May 13 on Lake Quinsigamond.
3 Blue, 1 Green
(April 21) The Yale Lightweights went north to
Hanover today, and came back with three wins out of four, but could not
return the Durand
Cup to Derby in the varsity race. The 1F led off the regatta with a
good performance in a decent but not overpowering headwind, followed by
the 2V with a similar row over their Big Green counterparts. The varsity
race saw a talented Dartmouth crew handle nearly everything about the race
better than the Eli, who suffered their first defeat of the 2012 campaign.
The 3V 4+s were next, and the Yale 'A' four emerged on top of that
contest, defeating both Dartmouth and Yale 'B'.
(April 13) The Yale Lightweights spent the
whole day racing in New Jersey, and came back home with the Dodge
Cup over Columbia and Penn in the morning and a victory over Cornell
in the afternoon.
The Dodge Cup races were held for the first time at Overpeck
Lake just over the George Washington Bridge, and the venue proved mostly
friendly to the Elis, as the 1V, 2V, and 1F all won. A great battle in the
3V race saw Yale lead the whole way by about a length, only to suffer an
over-the-head crab in the last 250 meters which opened the door for Penn's
crew. The Elis could not recover, and Penn took advantage for the win.
The varsity and junior varsity races were hard fought and
well rowed events, with Columbia and Yale locked together for much of the
race, each crew either unable to move away from or unable to move through
the other. In the end, on this day, it was Yale who crossed this finish
After a great lunch in Overpeck Park, the team headed to Lake
Carnegie to take on the Big Red of Cornell, who had beaten Princeton in
the morning to take the Platt Cup. After a dominating performance by
Cornell's 3V, the rest of the day was Blue, as the freesh won by 2.3
seconds, the 2V by 3.2 seconds, and the varsity by 5.4 seconds.
1V Yale 5:48.1 Cornell 5:53.5
5:50.2 Cornell 5:53.4
Yale 5:57.0 Cornell 5:59.3
Cornell 6:00.8 Yale 6:28.
(April 7) The Yale Lightweights came off the
Charles River elated with their sweep of the Joy Cup and a hard-fought win
over Georgetown in the varsity race, but elation turned to surprise then
tragedy then farce as Will Zeng '11 and his Oxford teammates contended
with a bizarre re-start and then a clash with Cambridge that left Oxford
with only 7 able oarsmen and an interminable denouement that meant a
Cambridge win and enough fodder for argument to last until next year's
On the American shore, the lower boats from Yale posted
victories. The 2V bested Georgetown, and the 1F and 4+ won their races
over both Georgetown and M.I.T.
The varsity race between Yale and the #3 Hoyas was close for
the full distance on a Charles River that started the morning gently but
then kicked up a headwind as the sun rose higher. For unofficial results,
(March 31) The Yale lightweights opened their
spring season today on the neutral waters of Carnegie Lake against Navy.
The 9th edition of the Johnson
Cup rivalry with Navy was all Yale Blue today as the Bulldogs won all
four races of the regatta. The 3V started things off with the closest race
of the day, besting their Navy counterparts as well as the Navy 2F. The
freesh then faced their first race as Elis, and they responded with a
great effort to lead the race from the get-go. A Navy crab in the 2nd
thousand helped increase the Yale lead to a final margin of 25 seconds.
The 2V race was a hard-fought contest, with Yale taking a length lead
early and pushing that out to a 4.15 second win. But winning the Johnson
Cup was foremost on Y150 minds, and it would take a good row from start to
finish to bring the Johnson Cup back to New Haven for the 5th time in 9
years. The Elis got that good effort, and an near-9-second win was the
result. This was Yale's biggest margin of victory ever in Johnson Cup
competition, and the largest since 2008.
Next week the Bulldogs travel to Cambridge to race M.I.T. and
'11 is the two-seat of the Oxford Blue Boat
-- shocking development on the scale --
Will, we hardly know ye at 82.4 kg
(March 5) The crews for the 2012 Boat
Race were named today in London. Y150 Will Zeng '11, a member of the Yale
lightweight eight that won the 2011 national championship, and attending
Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, has been named to the two-seat of the Blue
Boat. Will has two teammates who weigh less than his 82.4 kg, although
that's no surprise, as we now know where the purloined jars of Nutella
went on the Henley trip.
Yale Class of 2008
1986 - 2006
Beloved friend and teammate