The Yale women’s crew ended its fall season with a three-peat victory at the Princeton Chase this past weekend.
The Bulldogs’ boats took first, sixth, 13th and 38th place in the women’s varsity eight at Lake Carnegie. This is the third time in a row that the Yale A boat has won the event in Princeton, N.J.
Head Coach William Porter said he was proud of his team’s win.
“As a team, I think we raced well and showed some depth,” Porter said. “It is important to race to figure out what we can do better — now we know we need to bring it to every race.”
The Bulldogs rowed a winning time of 14:46.323, more than two seconds ahead of second-place finisher UVA, which was the NCAA runner-up in the varsity eight last year at the Chase. Third and fourth place finishers Princeton and Brown were well off the Bulldogs’ pace with times of 15:02.822 and 15:29.869, respectively. In fifth place, the second UVA boat was able to edge out the second Yale boat by just 0.6 seconds.
Conditions of the day were excellent all around, with a calm lake and adequate sunlight.
Captain Taylor Ritzel ’10 said the excellent results this weekend showed that the team has great potential, and that she hopes the victory fires up the team for the indoor training season.
“We finished our season on a positive note and can now enter our indoor season with tremendous focus and discipline,” Ritzel said. “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, and our results show that we are up to the challenge.”
Porter agreed, adding that the Elis will look to train hard during the winter months in preparation for the spring.
“This gives us momentum going into the winter, but it does not really matter unless we work to be our absolute best,” he said. “We have the best indoor training facility in the country so we are lucky — it is time for a little Yale indoor rowing!”
The Bulldogs will open their spring season on March 27 with races against Penn and Columbia in Philadelphia.