Men’s Championship Eights

Yale Wins First Ever Champ Eights Title

Photo by Tyler Blint-Welsh

By Emily McCarthy – Posted on October 18, 2015

Six times Yale senior Christopher Carothers has brought a rowing shell through the tricky turns of the Head Of The Charles course, twice for New Trier High School in Illinois, and four times for the Bulldogs. He had never before won, but on Sunday his steering, and his boatmates’ rowing, brought Yale into the championships eights winners circle for the first time in the 51-year history of the Regatta.

“It’s a great statement for the program, obviously we’ve been working really hard, building off of some success last year, last spring,” Carothers said. “We’ve been working hard this fall as we came back to school and we’re just trying to look to be the fastest. It’s a great statement for us.”

The Bulldogs finished in 14:18.970, about five seconds shy of the course record, and a little more than a second ahead of runner Cal-Berkeley. Nathaniel Goodman sat stroke for Yale, followed by Oliver Wynne-Griffith, Hubert Trzybinski, Paul Jacquot, Charles Elwes, Sholto Carnegie, Robert Hurn and Stephan Riemekasten.

“I felt very confident with the steering,” Carothers said. “The guys just got into rhythm and we just wanted to see where we finished.”

Yale got off to a slow start off the line, but Carothers took an aggressive approach and made up plenty of time throughout the course. The boat passed Riverside with the fastest split in the field, at 3:19.832.

“There were a bunch of different moves during the race,” Carothers said. “They responded when they needed to.”

As the top collegiate crew and top overall crew, Yale went home with the BNY Mellon cup as well as the Elite Eight Boston Globe trophy.

The University of California Berkeley took second in 14:19.650. Harvard, last year’s collegiate winner, finished third with a time of 14:21. The University of Washington finished fourth in 14:26 and Boston University rounded out the top five with a time 14:29.

The USRowing boat finished 10th, crossing the line in 14:48.

For Carothers, edging rival Harvard made this year’s win even sweeter.

“It was definitely great to beat them on their home course,” he said. “It just builds the tradition, so it’s great.”


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