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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.