Earlier this afternoon, the Yale Women's Crew won its third national championship in four years. Our congratulations go out to Taylor Ritzel (stroke), Tess Gerrand (7), Alice Henly (6), Maren McCrea (5), Caroline Nash (4), Catherine Hart (3), Stephanie Madner (2), Dara Dickson (bow), and Mia Kanak (cox), who won the grand final in a time of 6:24.76. Along the way, the Yale women set the course record in yesterday's semi-final, earning the top seed for this afternoon's grand final.
Our congratulations also go out to the coaching staff of Will Porter (WSRC alum and 2010 New England Coach of the year), Kate Maloney, and St. Catherine's own Jamie Snider.
I doubt that anybody from the Yale's athletic department reads this blog, but, if they do, let the recent success of Yale Women's Crew show that great things are possible when you have the resources of a world-class university, state-of-the-art boathouse and training facilities, decades upon decades of rowing tradition, and a coach who isn't a fucking incompetent asshole who shuffles the lineups every day and sticks national team-caliber oarsmen in the third varsity boat out of spite.
In other rowing-related news, the Yale heavyweight men were swept by Harvard in the 158th Yale-Harvard boatrace.