Local roundup: Harvard-Yale Regatta on tap today

The nation's oldest collegiate sports rivalry resumes today with the 149th Harvard-Yale Regatta on the Thames River.

The four-mile race is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. and will run upstream, starting at the Gold Star Bridge and finishing at Bartlett's Cove in Gales Ferry. The two-mile varsity three race begins at 2:45 at Mamacoke Hill and the three-mile varsity two race follows at 3:30 at the Coast Guard Academy.

Harvard has dominated the annual race since the turn of the century, winning six straight and 13 of the last 14 meetings.

The Crimson, however, will race Yale on the Thames for the first time since the passing of legendary coach Harry Parker, who lost his battle with cancer a year ago just three weeks after beating Yale.

Parker coached Harvard for 51 years and both schools will honor his memory with a dedication of the Harry Parker Memorial outside Harvard's home for the week - Red Top in Bartlett's Cove - at 11:30 a.m.


• Coast Guard finished 10th and Connecticut College 16th at the 79th annual ICSA National Dinghy Championship in St. Mary's City, Md. Yale cruised to victory in the two-day co-ed event with 121 points while Georgetown was a distant second with 210 points. Coast Guard wound up with a 285 total and Conn had 342 in the 18-school field.

The Bears finished ninth in the A and seventh in the B division on Friday. The A team of Avery Fanning, Robert Turley and Jaimie Chicoine finished with 142 points and the B team of Nikole Barnes and Justine Morrison had 141. Conn's B team of I.G. Schottlaender, Bryce Kopp, Benjamin Meyers, Kim Bolick and David Rex finished 11th with 155 points while the A division team of Kevin Martland, Jordan Bothwick, Gabriel Salk, Lea Bushnell and Grace Medley were 17th with 187.


• The Mystic Schooners opened their season with a 7-2 win over the Ocean State Waves in a New England Collegiate Baseball League game at Wakefield, R.I. Starter Michael Concato got the win, combining with Waterford's A.J. Turnier (Southern Connecticut) and Jacob Hendren (Heartland) to pitch four innings or scoreless relief. Steve Laurino (Marist) had a two-run double in the fifth and Avery Point's Andrew Hinckley hit a solo homer in the eighth for Mystic.

The Schooners open their home schedule tonight at Fitch High School, playing the Plymouth Pilgrims in a 6:05 start. Former Waterford High standout Nolan Long (Wagner) is schedule to start.


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