DERBY, Conn. – No. 10 Dartmouth lightweight rowing faced No. 1 Yale in the Durand Cup, competing in its first of two races this weekend. The Big Green entered three boats in the event.
In the third varsity race, all boats got away clean and had a very competitive first 1000-meters. Unfortunately, Dartmouth had to make a steering correction, and Yale was able to capitalize on the sacrificed water. The Bulldogs walked away over the second thousand and finished 13.5 seconds ahead of the Dartmouth crew (6:01.6).
Similar to the third varsity race, all boats got off to a clean start in the second varsity. Dartmouth kept contact all the way to the turn, but Yale made a terrific move around the bend and continued to take seats over the last 1000m. The Big Green finished with a 5:57.0.
Both Yale and Dartmouth had sharp starts on the first shot out of the blocks in the first varsity, but due to a referee launch malfunction, the race had to be stopped within the breakage zone and then restarted. On the second start, it was much of the same for the crews, and the referee was able to keep up on the second attempt. Yale methodically built and increased its lead through the entire course, rowing hard all the way through the line. The Big Green completed the course in 5:54.0.
Dartmouth will be back in action on Sunday when it takes on Columbia in the Subin Cup. Mercyhurst will race as a guest.