DERBY, Conn. – The Dartmouth heavyweight rowing team fell to host Yale Saturday morning in all four races of the Olympic Axe, a cup race that has been contested annually since its establishment in 2004.
The Bulldogs, reigning national champions in the varsity eight, were impressive on their home course. The varsity eight race was highly competitive for much of the course with the Big Green (5:28.6) finishing just under a length behind Yale (5:26.1). In the second varsity race, the Big Green finished 6.5 seconds behind their Yale counterparts, while Dartmouth’s third varsity finished 8.8 seconds behind the Bulldogs. The Big Green’s showing in the fourth varsity (5:47.9) was strong, with a two-second margin to the Bulldogs (5:45.8).
“We ran into an extremely strong team this weekend,” said the Betsy and Mark Gates 1959 Head Coach of Men’s Heavyweight Crew Wyatt Allen. “That being said, I was pleased with the progress the team, and particularly the varsity eight, made from last weekend’s racing. We need to get right back to work Monday morning to make sure we are prepared to face another very good team in Boston University next weekend in Hanover.”
Dartmouth will host its first home race of the season next Saturday morning, when Boston University comes to town.