Rising senior Catherine McDermott helped the United States’ women’s four to a fifth-place finish at the 2011 World Rowing Under-23 Championships on Saturday. McDermott sat in the bow seat for the U.S. boat, which crossed the line in 6:47.83.
Rising senior Catherine McDermott didn’t get much of a break after a long spring of rowing for Yale. Shortly after helping the Bulldogs’ varsity eight to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championship in late May, McDermott was off to Oklahoma City to train with the U.S. national team. All the hard work paid off when she was selected to the women’s four that is currently competing at the 2011 World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Amsterdam.
Rising senior Armine Afeyan, who helped the Yale varsity eight to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in May, will row in a single scull for Armenia at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Amsterdam. Afeyan’s first race is scheduled for Thursday.
Rising senior Catherine McDermott, who helped the Yale varsity eight to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in May, will represent the United States at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships scheduled for July 21-24 in Amsterdam.
Christine Glandorf ’09 had tremendous success as a student and rower at Yale. Two years after graduating, she is returning as an assistant coach to help ensure that the next generation of Yale rowers has a similar positive experience.
Nine members of the Yale women’s crew were recently honored by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. Seniors Stephanie Madner and Caroline Nash were selected first team All-New England, while junior Catherine McDermott earned second team recognition. In addition, Madner, Margaret Ayers, Dara Dickson, Alexandra Fields, Nikki Grigg, Elizabeth Kalina and Lauren Ross were named Scholar Athletes.
The Yale women’s crew finished 11th at the 2011 NCAA Championship on Lake Natoma. The Bulldogs had 42 points, two less than 10th-place Ohio State. On the final day, Yale’s varsity eight placed second in the petite final. The second varsity and varsity four both finished sixth in the petite final.
Yale’s varsity eight made a valiant effort to qualify for the grand final at the NCAA Championship but came up just short. The Bulldogs finished fourth in the second semifinal with a time of 6:32.26, a little more than four seconds behind third-place Michigan State. Only the top three qualify to the grand final. Yale, the defending varsity eight champion, will have to settle for a spot in the petite final.
Yale’s varsity eight finished third in its heat to earn a berth in the semifinals on the opening morning of the NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma. The second varsity and varsity four both placed fourth and will have to finish in the top three of Friday afternoon’s repechage to advance to the semifinals.
A long day for the Yale women’s crew became a little longer than expected, but the end result was well worth the wait. Both the second varsity eight and varsity four earned spots in the semifinals following the afternoon repechege session.
The first time the Yale women’s crew raced on the Lake Natoma course at the NCAA Championships in 2004, the Bulldogs had one of their most memorable performances. Yale placed a surprising second that year, its highest finish ever, despite having come in third in the varsity eight at Eastern Sprints just two weeks earlier.
The Yale women’s crew is heading back to Lake Natoma. The Bulldogs received a berth in the NCAA Championship for the 10th straight year when the 16-team field was announced on Tuesday. The three-day championship begins on May 27 in Gold River, Calif. Yale will field two boats of eight rowers each one boat of four rowers.
All four Yale crews had top four finishes at the Eastern Sprints on Sunday on the Cooper River. More importantly, it would appear the Bulldogs had strong enough finishes to earn their 10th straight appearance in the NCAA Championships, but they'll have to wait until the 16-team field is announced on Tuesday to be sure. Yale’s second varsity finished second, the varsity four was third and the varsity eight and third varsity eight each placed fourth.
There will be much at stake when the Yale women’s crew heads to the Eastern Sprints on Sunday on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. The varsity eight will be looking to win the Ivy League title for the fifth time in the last seven years, and the Bulldogs will be in search of their third straight Charles Willing Team Trophy for overall supremacy. It is also one more chance for Yale to impress the NCAA selection committee.
The final regular season race of the season is a big one for the Yale women’s crew. The Bulldogs, ranked ninth in this week’s CRCA/US Rowing national poll, face No. 6 Brown in what has developed into one of the top rivalries in the nation in recent years. The first race is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. The teams will be battling for the Nat & Anne Case Cup.
A strong showing last week against top-ranked Princeton and Ohio State helped Yale’s women’s crew move up to eighth in this week’s CRCA/US Rowing national poll. The Bulldogs hope to build on that performance when they face Radcliffe on Saturday on the Charles River. The first race is slated for 7:36 a.m. The two varsity eights will be competing for the Case Cup.
A young Yale women’s crew showed it is more than capable of competing with the top teams in the nation on Saturday on the Housatonic River. Racing No. 1 ranked Princeton and No. 10 Ohio State, the Bulldogs, ranked 11th, finished second in four races.
The Yale women’s crew spent much of the last four years at or very near the top of the national rankings. That put a big target on Yale’s back in each race. The roles will be reversed for the Bulldogs on Saturday when No. 1 Princeton along with No. 10 Ohio State visits Gilder Boathouse. Racing kicks off at 8 a.m. The Yale and Princeton varsity eights will be racing for the Eisenberg Cup.
The first road trip of the spring season takes the Yale women’s crew to a familiar spot. The Bulldogs will race Boston University and Dartmouth on Saturday on the Charles River in Boston. The first race kicks off at 7:24 a.m. The winner of the varsity eight will capture the Class of 1985 Cup.
The Yale women’s crew rolled to victory in all four races against Dartmouth and Boston University on the Charles River. The victory in the varsity eight allowed Yale to retain the Class of 1985 Cup for the 12th straight year.
The Cayuga Cup has been sitting safely in the trophy case at Gilder Boathouse for nine years. The Yale women’s crew hopes it stays right there after Saturday’s race with Cornell and Syracuse. It won’t be easy, however. Both the Big Red and Orange programs are on the rise. Racing on the Housatonic River gets under way at 8 a.m.
Tight racing highlighted Saturday’s battle between the Yale, Cornell and Syracuse women’s crews on the Housatonic River. Three of the four races were decided by less than three seconds. Cornell claimed the Cayuga Cup by winning the varsity eight, while the Bulldogs captured the three other races.
Yale’s varsity eight won the NCAA title for the third time in the last four years last May. Six members of that winning boat have graduated, so it would only seem natural for Yale head coach Will Porter to have different expectations for his squad in 2011. Porter, though, never changes his outlook.
There certainly was a little bit of uncertainty when the Yale women’s crew hit the Housatonic River for the first time on Saturday. After all, the Bulldogs had new lineups in just about every boat. The results, however, were just what Yale fans have come to expect.
The Yale women’s crew has earned a berth in the NCAA Team Championships in each of the last nine years. If the preseason prognosticators prove correct, the Bulldogs will make a 10th straight appearance in 2011. Yale is ranked sixth in the preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs had 369 points and received one first-place vote.
The February issue of Rowing News magazine has a feature on The Best of 2010, and the Yale women’s crew program is prominently mentioned. Yale’s Class of 2010 was selected as the Class of the Decade, and the United States Women’s Eight, which featured Yalies Jamie Redman ’08 and Taylor Ritzel ’10, was named the Crew of the Year.