July 15, 2009

Taylor Ritzel Named To 2009 Under-23 U.S. National Team

Will Compete In World Rowing Under 23 Championships Later This Month

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Taylor Ritzel, a rising senior and two-time All-America selection, has been named to the United States National team that will compete in the World Rowing Under 23 Championships scheduled for July 23-26 in Racice, Czech Republic. Ritzel will sit in the No. 7 seat in the women's eight.

"I'm very honored to even have been given the opportunity to try out for the team considering my late arrival to camp due to the Henley Royal Regatta," said Ritzel, who will be competing in her first international competition for USRowing. "Representing the United States and getting to row with many of the top collegiate rowers across the nation is really special."

Ritzel, who will serve as Yale's 2009-10 captain, stroked the Bulldogs to an Ivy League and Eastern Sprints title, a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a victory at the Henley Women's Regatta this spring. In both her freshman and sophomore years, she was in Yale's varsity eight that won NCAA titles.

Two other Ivy Leaguers will join Ritzel in the U.S. eight - Princeton's Ariel Frost, who will be the coxswain, and Harvard's Olivia Coffey. Stanford's Erika Roddy and Grace Luczak, Clemson's Jessica Leidecker, Michigan's Ashley Kroll, California's Mary Jeghers and Washington's Adrienne Martelli fill out the rest of the boat. The team in coached by Dartmouth men's lightweight coach Steve Perry.

The team is currently training in Princeton, N.H., and will leave Saturday for Racice.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity