2011-12 Yale Women's Crew News

August 13, 2012
Ritzel Reflects On Gold Medal Olympic Experience
The 2012 Summer Olympics came to and end on Sunday, but the memories will last a lifetime for Yale rower Taylor Ritzel ’10. Ritzel won a gold medal with the United States women’s eight on Aug. 2 during the first week of the Games.

August 3, 2012
Trowbridge Places Sixth In Olympic Double Sculls Final
Sarah Trowbridge is about to begin a new chapter in her life as an assistant women’s crew coach at Yale. One of her final acts before heading to New Haven was pretty exciting. Trowbridge and her partner Margot Shumway finished sixth in the Olympic double sculls final on Lake Dorney.

August 3, 2012
Ritzel And Gold Medal Winning U.S. Eight Appear On NBC’s Today Program
Fresh off her gold medal winning performance in the women’s eight on Thursday, Taylor Ritzel ’10 and her crew mates were guests on NBC’s Today show on Friday morning.

August 2, 2012
Yale Women’s Rowers Ritzel ’10, Brzozowicz ‘04 Medal In Olympic Eight Final
A pair of Yale women’s rowers became Olympic medalists on Thursday. Taylor Ritzel ’10 and the United States eight held off Ashley Brzozowicz’s Canadian eight to win the A final by a little over a second at the Eton Dorney Rowing Center.

July 31, 2012
Gerrand, Trowbridge Reach Finals At Olympic Games
Tess Gerrand ’10 will join her fellow Yale graduates Ashley Brzozowicz ’04 and Taylor Ritzel ’10 in Thursday’s women’s eight final at the Olympic Games. Gerrand and the Australia eight finished third in Tuesday morning’s repechage to earn a spot in the final.

July 30, 2012
Trowbridge Finishes Third In Heat At Olympic Games
New Yale assistant women’s crew coach Sarah Trowbridge and her partner Margot Shumway finished third in Heat 2 in the double sculls this morning at the Olympic Games. The two will row in Tuesday’s repechage to try and earn a spot in Friday’s final.

July 29, 2012
Ritzel, Brzozowicz Advance To Finals in Women’s Eight At London Olympics
The Yale women’s rowers are off to a strong start at the Olympics. Taylor Ritzel’s United States eight and Ashley Brzozowicz’s Canadian eight both won their heats to automatically advance to Thursday’s final. Tess Gerrand and the Australian eight finished second to the U.S. and will row in the repechage on Tuesday.

July 26, 2012
Success At Yale Made Impact On Four Olympic Rowers
In 2008, Yale was at the top of the collegiate women’s rowing world. The Bulldogs were in the midst of back-to-back NCAA varsity eight titles, and Jamie Redman remembers one member of the crew already looking ahead to success after Yale.

July 25, 2012
Olympic Spotlight: Late Start To Rowing Doesn’t Keep Ritzel From Olympic Dream
Taylor Ritzel’s path to success with the Yale women’s crew was anything but typical. Ritzel, who had been a swimmer growing up in Colorado, didn’t start to row until she learned there was a spot on the women’s crew team waiting for her when she arrived at Yale.

July 24, 2012
Olympic Spotlight: Redman Ready For Role As Spare
After a heartbreaking second-place finish in the women’s pair at the Olympic Trials in June, Jamie Redman ’10 was convinced her dream of attending the 2012 London Olympics was over. Only the winners earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic roster and Redman and her partner Amanda Polk came up three seconds short.

July 23, 2012
Olympic Spotlight: Opportunity With Australian Eight A Dream Come True For Gerrand
Ever since she started rowing at the age of 13, it has been Tess Gerrand’s dream to represent Australia in the Olympics. As recently as a few months ago, it didn’t seem that it was going to happen.

July 20, 2012
Olympic Spotlight: Determination Leads Brzozowicz To Second Olympic Appearance
It didn’t take Ashley Brzozowicz ’04 long to make an impression on Yale women’s crew coach Will Porter. During the time Porter was recruiting her, Brzozowicz shaved nearly 30 seconds off her 2K.

July 16, 2012
Lips, McDermott Represent U.S. At World Rowing Under-23 Championships
Two Yale rowers – Catherine McDermott ’12 and Maddie Lips – represented the United States at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. McDermott helped the U.S. four to a sixth-place finish in the finals, while Lips, a rising junior, placed 15th in the single scull.

June 29, 2012
Ashley Brzozowicz ’04 To Return To Olympic Games In Canadian Eight
The Yale women’s crew contingent for the 2012 London Olympics is set. As expected, Ashley Brzozowicz ’04 was named to the women’s eight that will represent Canada at the Games next month. This will be the second Olympic appearance for Brzozowicz, who also rowed in the eight at the 2008 Games.

June 29, 2012
Lips, McDermott Earn Spots In 2012 Under-23 World Championships
Two Yale women’s rowers – rising junior Maddie Lips and Catherine McDermott ’12 – have earned spots on the team that will represent the United State at the 2012 Under-23 World Championships next month in Trakai, Lithuania.

June 28, 2012
Christ Ernst ’76 Receives Special Achievement Award At The Tradition
Chris Ernst ’76, the captain of the 1976 Yale women’s crew and a two-time Olympian, was one of six Boston sports legends honored last night at The Tradition, the annual fundraising event for The Sports Museum of New England held at the TD Garden. Ernst, a Title IX pioneer, was the recipient of a Special Achievement Award.

June 25, 2012
Jamie Redman ’08 Named Spare For 2012 U.S. Olympic Squad
Jamie Redman ’08, who helped the Yale varsity eight to pair of NCAA titles, has been named a spare for the United States Olympic team that will compete in London in July.

June 22, 2012
Ritzel ’10 Named To Women’s Eight That Will Represent United States At 2012 Olympics
It’s official. Taylor Ritzel ’10 is heading to London. Ritzel was named to the women’s eight that will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympics in July. USRowing announced the final three U.S. Olympic crews on Friday.

June 20, 2012
Spring Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy honors in its spring sports, and 10 Yale student athletes were recognized. The 10 men and women were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each Ivy institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.

June 6, 2012
Hastings Elected 2012-13 Captain
Eliza Hastings, who sat in the No. 2 seat for the Yale varsity eight at the NCAA Championship, has been elected captain of the 2012-13 Yale women's crew.

June 5, 2012
McDermott Named CRCA First Team All-American
Catherine McDermott, a two-year member of Yale’s varsity eight, has been named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Pocock All-America first team.

May 27, 2012
Bulldogs Place 10th At NCAA Championship
For the 10th time in the last 11 years, the Yale women’s crew has finished in the top-10 in the nation. The Bulldogs scored 38 points to place 10th at the NCAA Championship at Mercer County Park.

May 26, 2012
Varsity Four Advances To Grand Final
The Yale varsity four will race for an NCAA championship. The Bulldogs finished second in their semifinal heat to advance to Sunday’s grand final on Lake Mercer. The varsity eight and second varsity eight both failed to finish in the top three and will race in the petite finals.

May 25, 2012
Varsity Eight Earns Semifinal Spot After Thrilling Rep
It certainly wasn’t the easy way, but the Yale varsity eight is in the semifinals at the 2012 NCAA Championship. The Bulldogs earned the final spot by finishing third in the afternoon repechage. Yale crossed the line in 6:51.20, three-one-hundreths of a second faster than fourth-place Michigan State.

May 25, 2012
Second Varsity Eight, Varsity Four Advance To Semifinals After Morning Heats At NCAAs
Two of Yale’s three crews earned a spot in the semifinals after the morning heats on day one of the NCAA Championship on Lake Mercer. The varsity four qualified with an impressive second-place finish in its heat, while the second varsity eight moved on by finishing third.

May 24, 2012
Bulldogs Set For NCAA Championship
Head coach Will Porter has been pleased with the progress his young women’s crew has made during the course of the season. Porter, though, still doesn’t believe the team has reached its full potential. The Bulldogs have one last opportunity to prove him correct when they head to the NCAA Championship this weekend on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.

May 23, 2012
Nine Bulldogs Earn CRCA Honors
Nine Yale women’s rowers have earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association honors. Sophomore Maddie Lips and senior Catherine McDermott were named first team All-New England region, while senior Dara Dickson, junior Eliza Hastings and freshman Christine Devlin were selected to the second team. Dickson, McDermott and Lips also were named 2012 Scholar Athletes. In addition, junior Margaret Ayers, senior Brittany Bowman, sophomore Kristen Brownlee and senior Nikki Grigg earned Scholar Athlete recognition.

May 22, 2012
Tess Gerrand ’10, Australia Earn Spot In 2012 Olympics
Tess Gerrand ’10, who helped the Yale women’s crew win three varsity eight NCAA titles, is headed to the 2012 Olympics. Gerrand was part of the Australian eight that won the women’s final at the Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

May 15, 2012
Yale Earns 11th Straight NCAA Team Championship Bid
The Yale women’s crew will see quite a few familiar faces at the 2012 NCAA Championship in two weeks. As expected, the Bulldogs received an at-large berth when the 16-team field was announced late Tuesday afternoon. Yale, which earned a berth for the 11th straight year, has already raced seven of the teams in the field this spring.

May 13, 2012
Second Varsity Four Captures Gold, Bulldogs Place Third At Inaugural Ivy Championship
There were plenty of close finishes and a couple of surprises at the inaugural Ivy League Women’s Rowing Championship on the Cooper River. Yale had three top-three finishes, including a victory by the second varsity four, and ended up third with 61 points in the overall team standings.

May 10, 2012
Inaugural Ivy League Championship Set For Sunday
A quick glance at the latest CRCA/US Rowing national poll gives a pretty good indication at how competitive Sunday’s inaugural Ivy League Women’s Rowing Championship figures to be. Seven of the eight Ivy teams are ranked in the top 20, including No. 10 Yale.

April 28, 2012
Bulldogs Capture Nat & Anne Case Cup
It was a memorable day for the Yale women’s crew. The Bulldogs reclaimed the Nat & Anne Case Cup by defeating defending national champion Brown in two of the three NCAA races. Yale takes possession of the cup for the first time since 1990. The Bulldogs won the second varsity and varsity four.

April 26, 2012
Bulldogs Close Out Regular Season At Defending National Champion Brown
The Yale softball team closes out the 2012 season with a four-game series against Brown this weekend. The teams play a doubleheader in Providence on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. and then meet at Dewitt Family Field on Senior Day on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

April 21, 2012
Bulldogs Reclaim Case Cup, Knock Off Radcliffe
The Case Cup will return to the trophy case at the Gilder Boathouse. Yale’s varsity eight cruised to a more than seven-second victory over Radcliffe to cap a very successful day for the Bulldogs on the Housatonic River. Yale captured four of the five races.

April 19, 2012
No. 15 Yale, No 12 Radcliffe Race For Case Cup Saturday
Yale coach Will Porter was encouraged by his team’s performance last Saturday against Southern California and Princeton, two of the top crews in the nation. The Bulldogs will hope to build on that when they face their biggest rival, Radcliffe, on Saturday at the Gilder Boathouse. Racing gets under way at 8:30 a.m. The varsity eights will vie for the Case Cup at 9:50 a.m.

April 14, 2012
Princeton Retains Eisenberg Cup By Topping Yale; USC Wins Varsity Eight
It seems each week, Yale is finding itself matched up with one of the hottest crews in the nation. On Saturday on Lake Carnegie, it was Southern California. The Trojans, ranked seventh in the nation, were coming off a very impressive performance at the San Diego Crew Classic, and they kept the momentum going.

April 12, 2012
Eisenberg Cup On The Line Saturday At Princeton
Two more top-10 opponents are on tap for the Yale women’s crew. The Bulldogs, ranked 17th in this week’s CRCA/US Rowing national poll, face No. 5 Princeton and No. 7 Southern California on Saturday. Racing on Lake Carnegie in New Jersey begins at 9 a.m. Yale and Princeton’s varsity eights will be competing for the Eisenberg Cup. That race is scheduled to go off at 10:10 a.m.

April 7, 2012
Bulldogs Open Home Schedule With Busy Saturday
For the second straight Saturday, the Yale women’s crew will race twice. The good news for the Bulldogs this week is they will be in a far more familiar setting. Yale races on the Housatonic River for the first time this spring when Dartmouth, Boston University and Cornell visit Gilder Boathouse.

April 7, 2012
Second Varsity Tops Dartmouth, BU & Cornell In Opening Home Race Of Spring
The first home race of the spring season provided plenty of excitement for the Yale fans that gathered at the Gilder Boathouse. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it was a day of mixed results as No. 13 Yale faced No. 19 Dartmouth and Boston University in the morning and No. 16 Cornell in the late afternoon.

March 31, 2012
No. 9 Bulldogs Fall To No. 3 Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State
No. 9 Yale ran into two of the hottest crews in the nation on Saturday on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. No. 3 Michigan and No. 10 Ohio State showed they are well deserving of their national rankings. In fact, the Buckeyes are likely to make a big jump forward in the rankings as they won all 14 races on the day.

March 29, 2012
Bulldogs Set For Big Test Vs. No. 3 Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State
The Yale women’s crew has seen plenty of Ohio State and Michigan at the NCAA Championships over the years. All three schools are regular qualifiers. It’s been rare, though, for the teams to meet in the regular season. Ohio State did make a trip to Gilder Boathouse last year so the Bulldogs are returning the favor, heading to Columbus, Ohio, to face the Buckeyes and Wolverines on Saturday. The first race is set for 7:40 a.m. and the format is a double dual race so each Yale crew will row twice.

March 24, 2012
No. 7 Bulldogs Capture Connell Cup To Open Spring Season
The Yale women’s crew opened the season in impressive fashion, winning all five races against Columbia and Penn on the Orchard Beach Lagoon.

March 22, 2012
No. 7 Bulldogs Open Season Against Columbia & Penn
The Yale women’s crew has qualified for the NCAA Championship in each of the last 10 years. Extending that streak would seem like a natural goal for the 2012 Bulldogs. Long-time head coach Will Porter, though, will have none of that talk. His expectations for the team never change.

March 16, 2012
Bulldogs Ranked Seventh In CRCA/US Rowing Preseason Poll
The Yale women’s crew will start the season ranked seventh in the nation, according to the CRCA/US Rowing preseason poll. By the end of the regular season in late April, the Bulldogs will certainly have a good idea of the accuracy of the preseason prognosticators.

December 29, 2011
Wagner Voted Crew Of Year By Row2k
Freshman Kristina Wagner had an impressive list of rowing accomplishments before she arrived at Yale. That success was rewarded when she and pairs partner Lizzy Fitzhenry were voted the 2011 Crew of the Year by Row2k.com. The Saratoga Junior pair received 30.4 percent of the vote, edging the University of California’s freshman eight to receive the honor.

December 21, 2011
Porter Announces Class of 2016
Yale Women’s Crew coach Will Porter is excited to welcome 11 new rowers to New Haven next fall. This large, diverse class is filled with determined, tough young athletes.

October 30, 2011
Bulldogs Compete at Princeton Chase
The Yale women’s crew team will wrap up its fall season on Sunday when it heads to Princeton, N.J. for the Oct. 30 Princeton Chase.

October 30, 2011
Bulldogs Close Fall Racing with Princeton Chase
With its varsity eight slotting into third-place at Sunday’s Princeton Chase in Princeton, N.J., the Yale women’s crew wrapped up its fall season with a string of powerful performances.

October 23, 2011
Two Top-Ten Finishes for Bulldogs
Two boats from the Yale women’s crew team glided through the water in Cambridge, Mass., to garner top-ten finishes Sunday at the 47th Head of the Charles regatta.

October 22, 2011
Bulldogs Ready for Head of Charles
After achieving a near clean-sweep at the Oct. 9 Head of the Housatonic, the Yale women’s crew team will look to find similar success at the Head of Charles regatta this weekend in Cambridge, Mass.

October 22, 2011
Club Eight Takes Second on Charles
The Yale women’s crew team notched up a second-place finish in the Club Eights race on the opening day of competition Saturday at the Head of the Charles regatta in Cambridge, Mass.

October 9, 2011
Bulldogs Clinch Head of the Housatonic
The Yale women’s crew team opened the season in style on Saturday, as the varsity boat clinched the Head of the Housatonic race at home in Derby, Conn., by a margin of over 25 seconds.

October 8, 2011
Bulldogs Kick Off Season at Home
When the Yale women’s crew team takes to the water in Derby, Conn., for the Oct. 8 Head of the Housatonic race, it will look to repeat last year’s commanding 19-second victory.

September 2, 2011
Redman ‘08, Ritzel ’10 Capture Gold Again At World Rowing Championships
Jamie Redman ’08, Taylor Ritzel ’10 and the United States eight continued its dominance at the World Rowing Championships. The U.S. eight seized control in the third 500 en route to capturing gold on Lake Bled. It was the second straight gold medal for Redman and Ritzel and the sixth straight for the United States.

August 24, 2011
Brzozowicz ’04, Redman ‘08, Ritzel ’10 Set For 2011 World Rowing Championships
Jamie Redman ’08 and Taylor Ritzel ’10 enjoyed tremendous success when they rowed together in Yale’s varsity eight. The two helped the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA Championships. Now, they are together rowing in the United States women’s eight, and the results have been equally impressive. Redman and Ritzel will be looking to cap off a memorable summer at the 2011 World Rowing Championships, which begin on Sunday on Lake Bled in Bled, Slovenia.

August 8, 2011
Devlin Guides U.S. Eight To Third Place Finish At World Rowing Junior Championships
Incoming freshman Christine Devlin guided the United States women’s eight to a third-place finish on the final day of the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships. Devlin, a coxswain, earned a medal for the second straight year. She led the U.S. to a silver medal in 2010.

August 2, 2011
Christine Devlin ’15 Representing U.S. At World Rowing Junior Championships
Incoming freshman Christine Devlin will serve as the coxswain for the United States women’s eight at the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships this week in Eton, Great Britain. Devlin, a Harvard, Mass., native who graduated Philips Exeter Academy, is in her second year as the coxswain for the women’s eight. She guided the U.S. to a silver medal last year.