NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight crew team has elected Matthew O'Donoghue as its captain for the 2013-2014 season. O'Donoghue, who sat in seven seat of the varsity eight that finished second at Eastern Sprints and stroked the varsity eight that also finished second at the IRA National Championship, succeeds William Ferraro as the captain of the Y150. O'Donoghue said he is "honored to be elected."
"I am grateful to join a long legacy of lightweight captains," said O'Donoghue. "During my time on the Y150, I've had three awesome captains in Andrew Hakanson, David Walker and Will Ferraro, who have really led by example. They have also demonstrated the importance of the ability to communicate between the coach and the team."
"I'm looking forward to another campaign in which we attempt to find as much boat speed as possible," continued O'Donoghue. "We are fortunate to have a great coaching staff here at Yale to guide us along the way. In 2013, we won a second consecutive Jope Cup for overall team dominance at the Eastern Sprints, which speaks to the depth and efforts of the whole team. But now it's the 2014 season, and that's all that matters."
After a successful rowing career at St. Joseph's Prep where he won the Lightweight Eight at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in 2010 and was a two-time silver medalist at SRAA Nationals in the Lightweight Eight, O'Donoghue stroked the Yale freshman eight to an undefeated season, winning gold at Eastern Sprints. As a sophomore, the Haddonfield, N.J., native started the season in the JV before moving up to the varsity, eventually stroking the boat to a fourth-place finish at Sprints and a third-place finish at IRA's. This past season, O'Donoghue used a strong offseason to secure a place in the varsity, sitting in seven seat for most of the season. The boat finished in second place at Sprints. After this race, he was moved to stroke, where he stroked the boat to another second-place finish at IRA's. This summer, O'Donoghue will be competing for a spot to represent the USA in the lightweight 4- at the U-23 World Championships.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity