Courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England -- Yale is set to be the Ivy League's lone representative in this year's Henley Women's Regatta set for June 20-22 on the historic Thames River.
The Bulldogs have entries in the elite eight, senior eight and senior four competitions. Racing starts on Friday and concludes with the championships on Sunday.
The trip to Henley is an opportunity for most of the Bulldogs to get a jump start on the 2014-15 season.
"There are only four [graduated] seniors on this trip, which means the rest of the group will be able to row and race and learn more this year," Porter said. "It has been a tough year for us, missing the NCAAs for the first time in 14 years even though our varsity eight went 9-2 and our lower boats were both second at [the Ivy League Championships]. It was a blow for this group. This trip allows us to come together and re-group and start working at getting better for next year and beyond. Every chance we get to race, we get better. Our sport is about racing – the more you do the more you learn, win or lose."
Yale's varsity eight will compete for the Sports Council Cup in the elite eight. The Bulldogs face a crew from Oxford University that is coached by former Yale rower and head coach Chris Wilson '83. Porter was an assistant under Wilson before taking over as head coach.
"Oxford is having a great season, winning The Boat Race against Cambridge by four lengths," Porter said. "They are very good and are able to boat post graduates who are pursuing their master's degrees and other graduate work such as Harvard graduate and former 1V rower Laura Savarese."
The crew for Yale is from the bow: Colleen Maher, Maddie Lips, Kristina Wagner, Natalie Lapides, Claire Tolson, Nina Demmerle, Madeline Dinse and Abbie Young. The coxswain is Kristen Brownlee.
The G P Jeffries Memorial Trophy is the prize for the winner of the senior eight, which features Yale's second varsity. The crew for the Bulldogs is: Kendall Chapin, Casey Wizner, Olivia Maclean, Emily Patton, Abby Loucks, Kara Freeman, Martha Cosgrove and Lydia Keating. The coxswain is Laura Grimbergen.
Yale's varsity four will race for the Frank V Harry Cup in the senior four. The crew for Yale is Amina Edwards, Brit Sharon, Mieke Scherpbier and Schuyler Ritchie. The coxswain is Sarah Weil.
The Bulldogs are racing at the Henley Women's Regatta for the fifth time. Their last appearance came in 2009 when the elite crew set what remains the course record in defeating the British U-23 eight.
Yale's varsity eight will remain in England following this weekend's regatta and compete in the Henley Royal Regatta starting on July 2.
The Henley Women's Regatta is the premier rowing regatta for women in the United Kingdom. Over 1,000 women from all around the world race at the event annually.