Bulldogs Ready For NCAA Championship

May 26, 2004

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA. -- After two days of practice, the Yale women's crew team begins competing in the NCAA Championships on Friday morning at the CSUS Aquatic Center. The first Yale boat to compete is the varisty eight in Heat 3 at 8:30 a.m. Joining the Bulldogs in the heat are Brown, Princeton, Harvard and Washington State.

Racing in the varsity boat for Yale are freshman Rachel Jeffers (Los Gatos, CA), sophomore Joanna Hess (Edmonds, WA), junior Amanda Kendrick (Huntington, NY), sophomore Maria Stevens (Seattle, WA), junior Claire Norsetter (Madison, WI), senior Ashley Brzozowicz (River Forest, IL), sophomore Jane Moore (Newtown, Australia) and senior Alicja Witkowski (Huntington, NY). The coxswain is junior Jehan Budak (Long Beach, CA).

Yale's second varisty competes at 10:30 a.m. in Heat 2 with Princeton, Washington, Washington State, California and Harvard. Senior Jennifer Draxl (Sausalito, CA), sophomore Annemarie von der Goltz (Needham, MA), junior Mary Kate Sullivan (San Francisco, CA), junior Catherine Wassenaar (Toronto, ONT), senior Rachel Withers (Alexandria, VA), junior Dinah Dimalanta (San Francisco, CA), senior Jennifer Reifsnyder (New Canaan, CT), junior Charlotte Taft (Ann Arbor, MI) and freshman coxswain Emily Cleveland (Devon, PA) comprise Yale's second varsity.

In the fours competition, Yale is in Heat 1 at 11 a.m. with Princeton, Washington State, Virginia, California and Michigan State. Racing in the fours for the Bulldogs are freshman Emily Shuey (Alexandria, VA), freshman Christine Geiser (Mendham, NJ), junior Elizabeth Stowers (Lynchburg, VA), sophomore Katie Curran (Seattle, WA) and sophomore coxswain Ari Romney (Elkins Park, PA). Yale's spares are senior Nicole Lerner (Orinda, CA) and junior Anna Gross (Newton, MA).

The top three teams in each heat automatically qualify for Friday's semifinals, while the remaining finishers compete in the repechage. The top three teams in the repechage also qualify for the semifinals.

"This year's championship has a deep field. In my estimation, 10 teams could win the title, which should make for very exciting races," said Yale Head Coach Will Porter. "We are just happy to represent Yale and look forward to some heated racing."

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