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Bulldogs Wrap Up Strong Season With Eighth Place Finish At NCAA Championship

Varsity eight (Justin Casterline photo)
Varsity eight (Justin Casterline photo)

Yale Places In Top 10 For 15th Time In Last 18 Years

It was an outstanding final day to the 2019 season for Yale women's crew. The Bulldogs had strong finishes in all three petite finals to earn an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championship at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek. Yale amassed 83 points.

It is the 15th top 10 finish in the last 18 years for the Bulldogs, who entered the three-day event ranked ninth in the nation.

"This has been a challenging regatta on many levels," said Will Porter, The Friends of YWC Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We competed well as a team. It was our goal to perform to our seed or higher, and we did that."

Yale was second among the four Ivy League schools, placing just behind seventh-place Princeton (94 points) and ahead of ninth-place Brown (79 points) and 14th-place Harvard (53 points).

Washington, with 132 points, captured the national championship, winning all three grand finals. Texas (125) was second followed by Michigan (119), Stanford (116) and Ohio State (105).

The final day saw more changes to the schedule, with the varsity eight finals switched to the first event of the day. Originally, the varsity eight grand final was the final event.

That seemed to work out well for Yale's varsity eight, which turned in its best performance of the championship. Yale finished second, posting a time of 6:14.337. Princeton won in 6:11.529. Iowa (6:15.619) was third followed by Rutgers (6:16.509), Brown (6:16.550) and Virginia (6:18.908).

The Bulldogs, who were seeded ninth, finish as the eighth fastest crew in the nation.

The 10th-seeded second varsity eight held its seed by finishing fourth in the petite final with a time of 6:23.733. California won in 6:18.978 followed by Princeton (6:19.838) and Brown (6:21.178). Indiana (6:27.258) was fifth followed by Wisconsin (6:35.330).

The varsity four had seven crews in its petite final. Virginia was added after hitting a log in its semifinal. The Bulldogs finished ahead of the Cavaliers and Duke by posting a time of 7:09.636, which was good for fifth place.

Princeton won in 7:03.634. Brown (7:06.083) was second, Indiana (7:08.084) was third and Rutgers (7:08.564) finished fourth.

With a young crew this season, the future looks very bright for the Bulldogs.


Varsity Eight:                                                                                                               

Bow – Victoire Lienau (Sr., Paris, France)
2 – Claire Dirks (So., Toronto, Ontario)
3 – Ella von der Schulenburg (Jr., Zurich, Switzerland)
4 – Jenna van de Grift (So., San Diego, Calif.)   
5 – Arwen Neski (Sr., Ashley Falls, Mass.)
6 – Anna Matthes (Fy., Belmont, Mass.)
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 – Lane Unsworth (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
4 – Claire Grundig (Jr., San Carlos, Calif.)
5 – Phoebe Campbell (Fy., North Molton, Great Britain)
6 – Margaret Saunders (Jr., Arlington, Va.)
7 – Lucy Edmunds (Fy., North Yorkshire, Great Britain)
Stroke – Katie King-Smith (So., Oxford, United Kingdom)
Cox – Hannah Malzahn (Sr., Edmond, Okla.)

Varsity Four:

Bow – Margaux Paradis (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.)
2 – Riley Eversole (So., Oakland, Calif.)
3 – Sera Bulbul (Sr., Geneva, Switzerland)
Stroke – Anna Scott (Fy., Denver, Colo.)
Cox – Alin Pasa (Fy., Westport, Conn.)


Grace Galloway (So., Sydney, Australia)
Hannah Johns (Fy., Longmeadow, Mass.)     

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity