Johnson Elected 2010-11 Captain

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Derek Johnson has been elected captain of the Yale men's heavyweight crew for the 2010-2011 season.

“Being chosen by my teammates to lead this team next year is a tremendous honor,” said the Hillsborough, Calif. native. “I am privileged to bear this responsibility.”

As a freshman during the 2006-07 season, Johnson sat six-seat in a freshman boat that placed fifth at the Eastern Sprints and sixth at the IRA National Championship. 

After a one-year hiatus from Yale, Johnson returned for the 2008-09 season and joined a talented sophomore class that had finished fourth at the IRA National Championship in 2008. As a sophomore, he contributed to a successful fall season, helping to achieve victories in both the varsity eight and four at the Princeton Chase, and stroked the varsity eight for much of the spring season.

This past year, Johnson sat five-seat of the varsity eight, which went 5-2 in the dual season, defending the Olympic Axe against Dartmouth, and winning both the Blackwell Cup against Columbia and Penn and the Carnegie Cup against Cornell and Princeton for the first time since 2007. 

“Captain Lucas Spielfogel '10 did a phenomenal job providing leadership and guidance for our team this year,” said Johnson. “His outstanding dedication and commitment to his teammates was the primary reason for our success this season. It will be extremely difficult to fill the void that Lucas and the graduating senior class leave behind, but I am confident that this team will rise to the challenge.”

 “I look forward to carrying the momentum from this spring into the fall, and I am excited for the opportunity to work closely with my teammates to continue the upward trajectory of Yale crew,” added Johnson.

Johnson attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, where he was captain of his crew in his senior year. During his time at St. Ignatius, Johnson's crews won three state titles, two national titles and the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 2005, Johnson was bow seat of the United States Junior National Team which placed first at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany. 

Johnson is an economics major in Jonathan Edwards College.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity. 

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