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Two Yale Fours Capture Ivy League Titles

The varsity four with the Ivy League Trophy (Tim Bennett photo)
The varsity four with the Ivy League Trophy (Tim Bennett photo)

Finish Third In Team Point Total

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – It was a dominant day for the Yale fours at the Ivy League Championship. Both the varsity four and second varsity four captured Ivy titles. The varsity four edged Brown by nearly 1.5 seconds in the grand final, while the second varsity four had an even bigger margin, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of second-place Princeton.

The Bulldogs were third in team point total. Yale also placed third in the varsity eight and second varsity eight grand finals, while the third varsity eight was second.

Princeton earned its second straight Ivy League title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship by winning the varsity eight grand final, while Brown captured the team point championship.

All five Yale crews earned medals, but the Bulldogs came into the day hoping for more. The second varsity eight was undefeated and seeded first, and the varsity eight had suffered close losses to both Princeton and Brown in the regular season.

"It speaks to the expectations of this group of athletes that we are disappointed," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

Yale's season will very likely continue. The Bulldogs, ranked sixth in the nation, should see its name called when the NCAA Championship field is announced on Tuesday afternoon.

"I am confident that we will go to the NCAAs," Porter said. "This is a top-10 team."

And the varsity four could very well be one of the favorites. The Bulldogs rolled through the Ivy regular season undefeated and kept it going at the league championship. The crew of Alexia Rojas, Kate Flanders, Sera Bulbul, stroke Kate Horvat and coxswain Anisa Iqbal finished with a time of 7:05.270, while Brown came in at 7:06.640. Princeton was third in 7:08.497.

"Our four has been dominant all season," Porter said. "Both fours performed very well."

The second varsity four of Emily Patton, Elizabeth Duserick, Margaux Paradis, stroke Sara Locke and coxswain Izzy Detherage showed it was very deserving of its top seed. The Bulldogs had a time of 7:14.752, while Princeton came in at 7:17.152. Harvard-Radcliffe was a distant third at 7:27.956.

It was the first time since 2012 that Yale won both four Ivy championships.

The varsity eight grand final was expected to be a showdown between Yale, Princeton and Brown and that was exactly how it went down. The Tigers got off to an excellent start and maintained the lead, winning with a time of 6:07.383. The Bears edged the Bulldogs for second place 6:11.388 to 6:14.531. There was lot of open water before Penn crossed the finish line to finish fourth in 6:22.784.

"The varsity performed to its seed but would like to have finished higher," Porter said. "Princeton and Brown are very good programs."

The crew for the Bulldogs was: Amy Warner, Julia Sesler, Kate O'Brien, Alison Nordell, Ella von der Schulenburg, Daisy Mazzio-Manson, Marybeth Swords, stroke Lily Lindsay and coxswain Sara Lee.

Yale's second varsity eight had a good start but was overtaken by Brown and Princeton. The Bears won with a time of 6:17.692, nearly three seconds faster than second-place Princeton (6:20.575). The Bulldogs crossed the line in 6:24.260.

"The 2V underperformed so they are disappointed, but it was a heck of a race," Porter said.

The Yale crew was: Sophie Deans, Victoire Lienau, Olivia Maclean, Arwen Neski, Margaret Saunders, Meg Galloway, Schuyler Ritchie, stroke Lydia Keating and coxswain Jessica Michaels.

The Bulldogs third varsity eight of Anna Heckler, Adoracion Guzman, Hannah Smith, Lane Unsworth, Claire Grundig, Casey Wizner, Hannah Knight and stroke Katie Gleason and coxswain Hannah Malzahn finished second with a time of 6:38.438, nearly four seconds behind Brown (6:34.273).

The NCAA Championships are May 26-28 at Mercer County State Park near Princeton in New Jersey.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity