Bulldogs and Lions Shine at 2018 Men’s Sprints Regatta

WORCESTER, Mass. – Yale University and Columbia University earned the Rowe Cup and Jope Cup, respectively, thanks to first-place finishes in Sunday’s marquee events – the varsity heavyweight eight and varsity lightweight eight grand finals.

The Bulldogs outstroked the field in the final event of the day, posting a time of 5:54:668   to earn gold in the varsity heavyweight eight and beat out Princeton University for the heavyweight points title with 39 total points to Princeton’s 35. Harvard University rounded out the top three in the Rowe Cup standings with 32 overall points.

On the lightweight side, Columbia trailed Princeton in the Jope standings heading into the varsity lightweight eight grand final, but the Lions’ first-place finish (6:08:060) propelled them to the top of the standing with 35 total points. Princeton placed second in the standings with 34 points, while the United States Naval Academy earned 28 points for third.

All six finalists in the varsity heavyweight eight grand finals earned automatic-qualification to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships thanks to strong performances in their respective heats. With their tickets punched, Yale, Harvard, Brown University, Princeton, Northeastern University and Boston University were rowing for Sprints hardware.

Yale broke out of the field on its way to gold, but the race for silver and bronze came down to the wire. Harvard finished second with a strong time of 5:58:072, just beating Brown, who earned third in a 5:58:232. Princeton also was in the mix and missed the awards dock by 0.5 seconds with a time of 5:58:728.

The top three finishers from the petite final in Syracuse University (6:02:678), Dartmouth College (6:05:611) and Cornell University (6:05:623) also were awarded automatic-qualification to the national championship. The rest of the field will learn their postseason fate during the IRA Selection Show on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The event will be streamed for the first time in regatta history on locallive.tv.

All six contenders in the men’s lightweight eight grand final (Columbia, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Navy and Cornell) also had earned their spot in the IRA National Championship lightweight field but medals and important Jope Cup points were still on the line.  The Lions outstroked the competition for gold at 6:08:060, while Princeton (6:11:002) and Penn (6:13:414) rounded out the medal winners.

Yale University lightweights also earned a spot in the national championship by finishing first in the petite final with a time of 6:13:556.

Full results, Rowe Cup and Jope Cup standings can be found here.

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