Last June, the Yale heavyweight crew captured its first national championship in program history. After their first four races of 2018, the Bulldogs seemed destined to make another splash at nationals this June. On Sunday, they continued to build on a strong start to the season.
The Elis claimed their fourth straight Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges championship in the event held in Worcester, Massachusetts. The first and third varsity eights both crossed the line first for the Elis. The second eight and fourth boats also earned crucial finishes for the team, placing second and third, respectively.
Yale’s top boat took an early lead over the field and did not look back. The Elis had a bow-to-stern lead over the field after the first 1,000 and held on to beat Harvard by over three seconds
The second and third boats saw close races with Princeton. The Tigers got the best of the Bulldogs in the second varsity eight, beating their foes from New Haven by a seat. But Yale’s third boat edged Princeton’s third eight by two seats.
The national championships will be held June 1–3 in Princeton, New Jersey.