Bulldogs Celebrate 45th Anniversary With Sweep Of Cornell

Eric Bronson photo
Eric Bronson photo

Varsity Eight Retains Cayuga Cup

Yale women's crew made the most of its only home race of the spring season. The Bulldogs rolled to commanding victories over Cornell in all four races and then celebrated 45 years of the tremendously successful program.

The varsity eight retained the Cayuga Cup, cruising to a 15-second victory over the Big Red. Yale finished in 6:22.8, while Cornell crossed the line in 6:37.9.

The margin was similar in the second varsity eight as the Bulldogs got off to a fast start en route to finishing in 6:34.6. Cornell posted a time of 6:45.1. Yale's third varsity eight also competed in the race and finished less than two seconds behind the Big Red in 6:47.0.

The varsity four had the most dominating performance of the morning, finishing in 7:17.8, well ahead of Cornell, which had a time of 7:53.0.

In the second varsity four, Yale also had an easy victory – 7:41.7 to 8:25.2.

Following the racing, Yale's illustrious history was celebrated. Numerous alumnae and friends were treated to a brunch, which featured speakers from each of the four decades – Joyce, Frocks Nett '79, Mimi Wright '86, Serena Flaherty '99 and Taylor Ritzel '10.

Victoria M. Chun, Yale's Thomas A. Beckett Director of Athletics, also spoke.

In addition, Yale's senior class, which was racing at Gilder Boathouse for the final time, was recognized, and there was a boat dedication to honor the 45 years of the program.

"Great day for Yale Women's Crew," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We did it all. We raced, recognized our seniors, dedicated a new eight and celebrated 45 years of YWC with some amazing speakers."

The Bulldogs, who are ranked eighth in the nation, race Princeton and Texas next Saturday in New Jersey.