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Yale Retains Albert Cup

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Evan Ellis image

Yale wins sixth straight Albert Cup against Brown


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Bulldogs had a great afternoon on the Seekonk River with all five boats beating out No. 4 Brown University. The annual dual race for the Albert Cup served as the season opener for both crews.


In the final race of the day, Yale's varsity eight took an early lead and continued to increase the margin down the course. A robust headwind slowed the crews allowing Yale extra time to increase their lead. Yale finished more than 12 seconds ahead in 6:21.6.


Yale triumphed in the second and third varsity races as well boasting open water margins in both. The third varsity race proved the most exciting of the day, with Brown sticking with Yale through the first 500 meters. With a stroke rate two or three beats below Brown, the Yale men held their composure and pushed out to a five-second lead by the finish line.


The first race of the afternoon featured Yale's fourth and fifth varsity boats taking on Brown's fourth varsity boat. While Yale's fourth boat grabbed the lead off the start, Yale's fifth boat was even with Brown but began steadily walking away after the first 500 meters. Such speed in Yale's lower boats demonstrates the depth the Bulldogs have built over the past few years.


This is the second straight year Yale has swept Brown.


The Albert Cup has a unique history. The Cup is named after Christian Albert, Brown '91. His father, also named Christian Albert '65, was a Yale oarsman.


Yale continues their season next weekend in California where the first and second varsity crews race at the San Diego Crew Classic. The two-day event begins Saturday, April 6. Updated information will follow later this week.


row2k results

Albert Cup: Brown vs Yale
March 30, 2019 - Seekonk River, Providence, RI
Submitted by Graham Willoughby
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: Strong headwind with heavy chop
Comments: Yale retains the Albert Cup
Varsity 8
Yale 6:21.6
Brown 6:34.2
2nd Varsity 8
Yale 6:47.3
Brown 6:56.4
3rd Varsity 8
Yale 6:55.4
Brown 7:02.0
4th Varsity 8
Yale 7:15.3
Yale 5V 7:34.1
Brown 7:43.4