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All Five Crews Medal At Ivy League Championship

Varsity four heads away from medals dock (Tim Bennett photo)
Varsity four heads away from medals dock (Tim Bennett photo)

Bulldogs Place Third With 64 Points

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – In what has become quite commonplace, all five Yale crews earned medals at the Ivy League Championship on Sunday on the Cooper River. That helped the Bulldogs to a strong third-place finish with 64 points in the overall team point standings. Yale also was third in the NCAA Automatic bid qualifier standings with 36 points, but the Bulldogs figure to be in strong position to earn an at large bid when the field is announced on Tuesday.

Yale's second varsity four and third varsity eight both placed second, while the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four were each third.

Princeton captured the overall team points title with 87, earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship and won the Ivy League title by virtue of a win in the varsity eight grand final.

Brown finished second overall with 75 points. The Bears were second to Princeton in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.

At the beginning of the season, Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs, thought this might be a reset year for his crew. Several key components from last year's team that won the Ivy team points title had graduated. Porter then watched his young crew exceed his expectations with strong showings during the regular season.

That continued at the Ivy Championships.

"I thought we raced very well," Porter said.

The Bulldogs, who are ranked ninth in the nation, finished well ahead of fourth-place Harvard (48 points). Penn (41) was fifth followed by Dartmouth (28) and Columbia and Cornell, who tied for seventh place with 17 points apiece.

Yale's resume, which includes wins over a number of nationally ranked crews, should earn them one of 11 at-large bids to the 22-crew NCAA Championship field.

"I'm confident in our body of work," Porter said. "The Ivy League is very strong this year. Both Princeton and Brown are very worthy opponents."

The second varsity four started the afternoon final session by placing second in the grand final with a time of 7:26.271. Princeton won in 7:23.402, while Brown (7:26.470) placed a close third.

In the third varsity eight grand final, the Bulldogs posted a time of 6:55.197, less than two seconds slower than Princeton, who won in 6:53.221. Brown (7:00.454) was a distant third.

Yale, Princeton and Brown outdistanced the rest of the field in the three NCAA boats as well. The Tigers were a surprise winner in the varsity four with a time of 7:23.402. Brown (7:24.857) topped Yale (7:28.906) for second place.

Princeton (6:32.643) also won the second varsity eight, but there was a tight battle for second place. The Bears (6:34.863) edged the Bulldogs (6:35.855) by just over a second.

Princeton cruised to a nearly four-second win in the varsity eight grand final, the final event of the day. The Tigers won with a time of 6:23.476. Brown (6:27.261) was second followed by Yale (6:31.743), Harvard (6:34.446), Penn (6:38.345) and Dartmouth (7:06.115).

The NCAA Championship is set for May 31 to June 2 in Indianapolis. The selection show, which airs on, is set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday.


Varsity Eight:                                                                                                               

Bow – Victoire Lienau (Sr., Paris, France)
2 – Claire Dirks (So., Toronto, Ontario)
3 – Ella von der Schulenburg (Jr., Zurich, Switzerland)
4 – Anna Matthes (Fy., Belmont, Mass.)
5 – Arwen Neski (Sr., Ashley Falls, Mass.)       
6 – Margaret Saunders (Jr., Arlington, Va.)
7 – Margaret Hedeman (Fy., Concord, Mass.)
Stroke - Daisy Mazzio-Manson (Jr., Wellesley, Mass.)
Cox – Aparajita Chauhan (So., Seattle, Wash.)

Second Varsity Eight:

Bow – Katie Gleason (Jr., Sudbury, Mass.)
2 – Alexia Rojas (Jr., Tampa, Fla.)
3 – Anna Scott (Fy., Denver, Colo.)
4 – Jenna van de Grift (So., San Diego, Calif.)
5 – Lucy Edmunds (Fy., North Yorkshire, Great Britain)
6 – Claire Grundig (Jr., San Carlos, Calif.)
7 – Phoebe Campbell (Fy., North Molton, Great Britain)
Stroke – Katie King-Smith (So., Oxford, United Kingdom)
Cox – Hannah Malzahn (Sr., Edmond, Okla.)

Varsity Four:

Bow – Lane Unsworth (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
2 – Sera Bulbul (Sr., Geneva, Switzerland)
3 – Clare Naughton (Fy., Burlington, Mass.)
Stroke – Margaux Paradis (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.)
Cox – Alin Pasa (Fy., Westport, Conn.)

Second Varsity Four:

Bow – Grace Galloway (So., Sydney, Australia)
2 – Hannah Johns (Fy., Longmeadow, Mass.)
3 – Riley Eversole (So., Oakland, Calif.)
Stroke – Hannah Knight (Sr., Weston, Mass.)
Cox – Alisha Dziarski (Sr., Chesterton, Ind.)

Third Varsity Eight                                                                  

Bow –  Elizabeth Duserick (Jr., Arlington, Mass.)
2 – Lillie Ketterson (So., Boston, Mass.)
3 – Clementine Perry (Fy., Wellesley, Mass.)
4 – Emmeline Laurence (Fy., Greenland, N.H.)
5 – Christiana Congdon (Fy., Stonington, Conn.)
6 – Hannah Smith (Jr., Long Beach, Calif.)
7 – Elizabeth Cooper (So., Melbourne, Australia)
Stroke – Tessa Mapplebeck (So., Sydney, Australia)
Cox – Hannah Yi (So., Sherman Oaks, Calif.)

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity