Feb. 6, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale Head Coach Will Porter has announced the first part of the Class of 2010. Eight rowers committed to Yale through the early action application process. The class is a great mixture of size and experience, with five of the eight rowers six foot or taller and an average of four years of rowing experience. The class is split between public (4) and private (4) schools.
"We continue to recruit women of character," Porter said. "There are many great athletes in this class, but the most important thing to us is that they understand our system and will work well within it."
Porter plans to complete the class through the regular decision process.
Here is a closer look at the eight rowers who will head to Yale next fall.
Alice Henly, 6-1, Victoria, Australia
Attended Methodist Ladies College where she rowed for three years. She is an Australian National Schoolgirl Silver medalist, was part of a schoolgirl eight that set the Victorian state record and is in the top international ranking for her age on the erg.
Academic Interest: Economics and Political Science
Other Sports: Basketball, Tennis, Track and Field
Idol: Liz Anglin, former school rowing coach
Quote: "Men (women), today we die a little."- Emil Zatopek 1956 Olympics
Quoting Coach Porter: "Alice brings size, speed and skill to Yale. I look forward to working with her."
Taylor Ritzel, 6-2, Larkspur, CO
Attends Douglas County High School where she is a standout swimmer and cross country runner. Ritzel began rowing in the fall of 2005 and she is already ranked ninth in the recent USA Junior National team testing. She is the captain of the cross country and swim teams as well as student body president. Ritzel holds five swimming records at her high school.
Academic Interest: International Business, Political Science, Law, Forensic Science, Film
Other Sports: Cross Country, Swimming and Triathlon
Idol: Red Miller- Grandfather- Former Head Coach of the Denver Broncos
Quote: "Quitters never win and winners never quit."
Quoting Coach Porter: "Taylor is a phenomenal athlete. As a runner, swimmer and triathlete, she knows how to race. She is a racer. I have no doubt she will become equally as talented a rower at Yale."
Allix Wilde, 5-10, Bethesda MD
Attends The Holton-Arms School where she has rowed for four years. As a standout rower at a small school, Wilde was invited to the USA Junior National Development Camp in both her sophomore and junior summers. In 2005 she won the junior A eight and placed second in the junior A four at US Nationals.
Academic Interest: Medicine, Foreign Relations and Languages
Other Sports: Ice Hockey, Golf, Soccer
Quote: "Oderint dum meutant." Translation "Let them hate so long as they fear."
Quoting Coach Porter: "By making it to the Development Camp for the past two years, it is clear Allix is physically ready to go at the Division I level. At Yale, Allix will gain the rowing skills she needs to match her athletic ability."
Kate Mullan, 5-8, Buffalo, NY
Attends City Honors High School where she has rowed for four years and is the captain of her rowing team. In 2004 she won the junior coxed four at the US National Championships. In addition to rowing for her high school, Mullan rows for the famous Westside Rowing Club. She raced at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in 2004 and 2005, finishing third and fourth respectively in the youth 8.
Academic Interest: Biology, English
Other Sports: Soccer, Olympic Development Program
Idol: Muhammad Ali
Quote: "It's all in your head!"
Quoting Coach Porter: "Having rowed at Westside myself, I know plenty of people up there. Everyone I asked said the same thing about Kate, `she is a tough kid.' That means a lot to me because Buffalo makes them as tough as they come. At Yale, she will fit right in with our program."
Hayley Johnson, 5-8, Woodway, WA
Attends Lakeside School and has rowed for three years. In 2005 she won the 2x at the US Rowing Youth Invitational Nationals. In addition to Lakeside School, Johnson rows for Lake Washington Rowing Club where she is coached by Kate Tytus and the famous Frank Cunningham. In the fall of 2005 she participated in the West coast USA Junior National Team High Performance Camp.
Academic Interest: Language, Science
Other Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Swimming and Golf
Idol: Kofi Annan
Quote: "It's all about personal fortitude"
Coach Porter: "Hayley is a strong, independent thinking athlete. She is a great fit for Yale and our team. Physically she is ready to go right now."
Catherine Hart, 6-0, Westmount, Quebec
Attends Deerfield Academy where she is a three-sport athlete and will have rowed for three spring seasons. In 2005 her four won the New England Independent Schools Championship and Deerfield finished third as a team. In the summer of 2005 she rowed for the Quebec team at the Canadian Games. As a downhill skier Hart has won the individual title of her regional prep school league for the past two years and is team captain.
Academic Interest: History, International Relations
Other Sports: Downhill Skiing, Volleyball
Idol: Seymour Hersh, Amy Goodman, Jon Stewart, Howard Zinn, Maureen Dowd, Lance Armstrong, Her family, friends and teachers. Finally, the boys from Monty Python.
Ouote: "Never, never, never give up."- Winston Churchill
Quoting Coach Porter: "In three short spring seasons Catherine has shown she is ready to row at the next level. As a downhill ski racer, Catherine knows racing and has guts. I have no doubt she will bring that to her rowing at Yale."
Rachel Taylor, 6-0, Seattle, WA
Attends Garfield High School and rows for Mt. Baker Junior Crew. She has been rowing for five years. Taylor has raced in the Mt. Baker JV8+ and looks to race in the varsity this spring.
Academic Interest: History, Film, Ethnicity, Race and Migration
Other Sports: Swimming and Basketball
Quote: "Races are won by those who refuse to be beaten."
Quoting Coach Porter: "Rachel has the potential to do good things at Yale. I expect her to develop well in our program. She has a strong rowing background that should help her in the transition to Yale."
Mary Pat Wixted, 6-0, Moorestown, NJ
Attends Moorestown High School where she has rowed for three years and is captain of her team. Moorestown started a rowing program in 2000 and has grown quickly. Wixted has competed at Scholastic Nationals and Stotesbury for the past two years. In 2005 she attended the Bulldog Rowing Camp at Yale and impressed the coaching staff.
Academic Interest: English, History and Languages
Other Sports: Swimming since age 6
Quote: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."- Steve Prefontaine
Quoting Coach Porter: "Mary Pat is a great kid - humble and hard working. I'll take a kid like that any day. At 6' tall she has a ton of potential."