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DERBY, Conn.  – No. 8 Dartmouth heavyweight rowing competed for the Olympic Axe against No. 3 Yale on Saturday morning. The Bulldogs retained the Axe by winning the varsity eight.

“We ran up against a very good team today in Yale and I give them a lot of credit for the way they raced in challenging conditions,” head coach Wyatt Allen said. “We have to be at our absolute best to be competitive with the top crews in the country, which I think we’re capable of, but I thought we were a little short of that this morning. We’ve got another challenge this coming weekend in BU, and what we take away from this past weekend and the way we apply it to our training this week will be critical.”

To start things off in the varsity eight, the Big Green completed the 2,000-meter course in 5:27.6, finishing eight seconds behind the host with its time of 5:19.1. In the second varsity, Yale rowed a 5:23.4 to Dartmouth’s 5:30.6.

The Big Green crossed the line in the third varsity in second place (5:39.4), following behind the Bulldogs with their winning time of 5:23.5. It was the fourth varsity that was really close. Dartmouth (5:40.9) was barely edged by Yale (5:39.0), which finished just over a second ahead.

Next Saturday, April 15, Dartmouth will head to Massachusetts to face Boston University.

Cameron O’Reilly (C), Spencer Furey (8), Mark Levinson (7), Tommy Kiernan (6), Nevin Cunningham (5), Ryan O’Hanlon (4), Noah Van Dyke (3), Austin Heye (2), Brendan Caltavuturo (1)

Jake Rauh (C), Albert Mitchell (8), Ian Marx (7), Luke Hudspeth (6), William Berkowitz (5), Liam Davidson (4), Oliver Bub (3), Scott Ortlip (2), Jordan Siegal (1)

Emma Cooper (C), Luka Pejanovic (8), Sean White (7), Charlie Lebens (6), Mitchell Tevis (5), George Atkins (4), Ben Wisdom (3), Henry Sanford (2), Jon Scott (1)

Annika Park (C), Trevor Knight (8), Alex Sheehan (7), Brendan Caldwell (6), Christian Frey (5), Morgan Bronson (4), Zachary Springer (3), Andrew Wright (2), Jake DellaPasqua (1)