NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The members of the Yale lightweight rowing team gathered Monday to elect Andrew Hakanson as captain for the 2010-2011 season. Hakanson, who stroked the varsity eight to a third-place finish at Eastern Sprints on Sunday, succeeds Brendan McCook as Y150 captain.
A native of Newtown Square, Pa., Hakanson sees his election as both an honor and a challenge.
“It is an immense honor in receiving the role as captain for Y150, and I am very grateful for my teammates who have elected me,” said Hakanson. “I understand that it will be a learning process in how to properly lead a team, but I am very excited to begin this process over the summer in order to come back in the fall with hard work and enthusiasm as the focus."
Hakanson will rely on what he has learned from the captains during his tenure at Yale—Pete Rieser, Dan Ensslen and Brendan McCook—and the help of a large rising senior class, comprised of 10 oarsmen and two coxswains, in order to succeed as captain.
“I am especially thankful for the previous captains who have helped pave the way and set an example of how to successfully lead a team,” said Hakanson. “I look forward to leading the lightweight team with the help of the rest of the senior class in building upon the successes we have had this year and adding to the tradition this program has. “
Coach Andy Card was happy to welcome Andrew to the long list of Yale lightweight captains.
“Andrew has worked hard at this challenging thing called lightweight rowing, and it is a testament to his hard work that his peers selected him to provide the example and inspiration to continue the good work that we seek. Hak hits all the marks, and I look forward to his raising the bar for himself and the whole team in 2011,” said Card.
The lightweight crew also handed out several awards at their annual banquet last week. McCook and fellow seniors John Grunyk and Noah McColl were awarded the Shedd-Crossman Award, which honors “the individual(s) on the varsity lightweight crew who have contributed the most to the 150-pound crew during the year.” All three oarsmen are three-year members of the varsity eight. Senior Michael Jonas earned the Henry H. Babcock Spirit Award for his “outstanding spirit.” Senior Spencer Salovaara received the Alexander Capelluto Trophy, named in honor of the member of the class of 2008 who died tragically in a bicycle accident in 2006 and awarded to the “second or third oarsman or coxswain who, in the eyes of his teammates, shows dedication, friendship, and commitment and has, by examination, done the most to inspire, enliven, and experience lightweight rowing at Yale.”
Two awards were given specifically to freshmen as well. Marian Schmidt was awarded the Freshman Inspiration Award as the most valuable member of the freshman crew, while Michael Glenmullen was given the Most Improved Freshman Award.
Report by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity