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Second Varsity Eight Shines In Spring Opener

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Notches Victories Over Ohio State & Michigan; Third Varsity Eight Also Wins Twice

Yale's second varsity eight is off to a strong start to the spring season. The Bulldogs notched victories over Ohio State in the morning and Michigan in the afternoon on Belleville Lake in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Yale's third varsity eight also won twice.

In the varsity eight, the Bulldogs fell to both the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Ohio State is the defending NCAA varsity eight champion.

The Buckeyes were ranked second in the CRCA preseason national poll, while Michigan came in at No. 4. Yale was ranked ninth.

The most exciting race of the day was the second varsity eight against Michigan. The Bulldogs crossed the line in 6:33.52, edging the Wolverines who finished in 6:33.70.

Yale's second varsity had an easier time with Ohio State, topping the Buckeyes by more than four seconds 6:38.02 to 6:42.16.

In the varsity eight, the Bulldogs were nearly four seconds off the pace of both Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes beat Yale 6:38.59 to 6:42.5 in the morning, while the Wolverines edged the Bulldogs 6:29.54 to 6:33.6 in the afternoon.

The most dominant performance of the day came from Ohio State's varsity four. The Buckeyes finished with an impressive time of 7:23.59, while Yale crossed the line in 7:37.62. The Bulldogs' four stayed with Michigan, coming in less than two seconds behind the Wolverines. UM had a time of 7:23.47 to Yale's 7:25.25.

"We raced well against two top-ranked teams," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We kept it close in the 1v and won the 2v. This is a good starting point. There is plenty of work to be done."

In the second varsity four, Ohio State topped Yale 7:40.41 to 7:41.01 and Michigan edged the Bulldogs 7:27.26 to 7:36.49.

Yale's third varsity eight was very impressive. The Bulldogs cruised to a nearly 15-second win over Ohio State and then beat Michigan State and Michigan.

The Bulldogs face their first Ivy League opponent next Saturday at Cornell.

"Our line ups need some work," Porter said. "We have depth, but we need to get our NCAA boats moving better."


Varsity Eight:                                                                                                                 

Bow – Meg Galloway (Jr., Ridgefield, Connecticut)
2 – Alison Nordell (Jr., Gates Mills, Ohio)
3 – Ella von der Schulenburg (Fr., Zurich, Switzerland)
4 – Julia Sesler (Jr., Bronxville, New York)
5 – Amy Warner (Jr., East London, South Africa)
6 – Lily Lindsay (Jr., Harrison, New York)
7 – Marybeth Swords (Jr., Sudbury, Massachusetts)
Stroke – Schuyler Ritchie (London, England)
Coxswain – Jessica Michaels (Bangkok, Thailand)

Second Varsity Eight:

Bow – Sophie Deans (Jr., Sydney Australia)
2 – Victoire Lienau (So., Paris, France)
3 – Olivia Maclean (Sr., Harvard, Massachusetts)
4 – Kate O'Brien (Sr., Clare, Ireland)
5 – Margaret Saunders (Fr., Arlington, Virginia)
6 – Arwen Neski (So., Ashley Falls, Massachusetts)
7 – Daisy Mazzio-Manson (Fr., Wellesley, Massachusetts)
Stroke – Lydia Keating (Sr., Brookline, Massachusetts)
Coxswain – Sara Lee (Sr., Charlotte, North Carolina)

Varsity Four:

Bow - Claire Grundig (Fr., San Carlos, California)
2 - Sera Bulbul (So., Geneva, Switzerland)
3 - Kate Horvat – (Jr., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Stroke - Alexia Rojas (Fr., Tampa, Florida)
Coxswain - Hannah Malzahn (So., Edmond, Oklahoma)

Second Varsity Four:

Bow - Casey Wizner (Sr., Grosse Pointe, Michigan)
2 - Margaux Paradis (Fr., San Francisco, California)
3 - Elizabeth Duserick (Fr., Arlington, Massachusetts)
Stroke - Sara Locke (Sr., Chertsey, United Kingdom)
Coxswain - Anisa Iqbal (Sr., Brookline, Massachusetts)

Third Varsity Eight:

Bow – Anna Heckler (Jr., Colts Neck, New Jersey)
2 - Adoracion Guzman (Fr., Sevilla, Spain)
3 – Hannah Knight (So., Weston, Massachusetts)
4 – Lane Unsworth (So., San Francisco, California)
5 – Emily Patton (Sr., Guilford, Connecticut)
6 – Kate Flanders (Jr., Sarasota, Florida)
7 – Hannah Smith (Fr., Long Beach, California)
Stroke – Katie Gleason (Fr. Sudbury, Massachusetts)
Coxswain – Izzy Detherage (Fr., Zionsville, Indiana)

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity