February 20, 2009

First Part Of Class Of 2013 Announced

Feb. 20, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Women's crew head coach Will Porter announced today that seven rowers have committed early to Yale to form the first part of the Class of 2013. The class has two from Massachusetts, two from Connecticut, one from Pennsylvania, one from Seattle and one from the United Kingdom. The group has a good mix of size, skill and experience, according to Porter.

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2013:

Kathryn D' Andrea • Darien, Connecticut • Darien High School • 5-9

Rows for Liz Trond at Maritime Rowing Club... New to rowing this year but is already one of the top ergs and is contending for the first boat.

Porter says: "Katie's enthusiasm is contagious. I think she will go a long way just on attitude alone. She has shown steady progress, and I cannot wait for her to join our program."

Catherine Harwood • Paxton, Massachusetts • Worcester Academy • 5-11

Has been rowing for one year with Chris Dow at Worcester Academy... Invited to the USA Junior Development camp last summer... Selected to the USA Junior High Performance group which raced in Berlin, Germany.

Porter says: "Cat is a strong athlete and a hard worker. She has a huge upside as she just started rowing and is already running with the best Junior athletes in the country. Her work ethic will serve her well in our program. I expect her to really come on as she takes more strokes."

Eliza Hastings • Berwyn, Pennsylvania • The Agnes Irwin School • 5-8

Stroked the 2008 USA Junior 4- at the Junior World Championships in Linz, Austria... Also rows for Kati Sedun at Agnes Irwin where she has rowed in the varsity eight for the past two years.

Porter says: "Eliza brings the experience of having raced at the Junior Worlds to our program. She has excelled in a program without much competition. She has a tremendous work ethic and will progress well at Yale."

Julia Joliffe • Middlesex, United Kingdom • Lady Eleanor Holles School • 6-1

Rowed in the LEH first boat under Gillian Lindsay and has been crowned National Schools Champion for the last two years... Represented Great Britain at age 16 and 17 at the Home Countries Regatta.

Porter says: "Julia has a great build for rowing. She is committed to the sport, and I look forward to her representing Yale for the next four years."

Natalie King • Weston, Connecticut • Weston High School • 6-1

Rows for Maritime Rowing Club under coach Liz Trond... With Trond's guidance has developed into a top level Junior rower... In 2008 was selected to the USA Junior High Performance group that raced in Berlin, Germany with Cat Harwood.

Porter says: "Natalie is built to row. She is a diligent student of the sport and I look forward to working with her as she progresses to collegiate rowing. I am excited to see her come into her own at Yale."

Erica Segall • Andover, Massachusetts • Phillips Andover Academy • 4-11

A coxswain for Phillips Andover Academy and races in the competitive New England Interscholastic Rowing Association... Coxed the second varsity for Kathryn Green last year to a second-place finish at NEIRA's.

Porter says: "Erica is a great fit for our team. I was really impressed when I met her. She is brilliant and relates well with her athletes. I look forward to seeing her develop at Yale."

Emily Tormey • Seattle, Washington • Holy Names Academy • 5-10

Rowed for Holy Names for three years but is currently rowing for coach Conal Groom at the Lake Union Rowing Club. Under Groom has shown marked improvement in her senior year.

Porter says: "Emily is a great fit for our program. She is a classic hard worker and willing to do what it takes to improve. She is currently sculling and will come to Yale ready to go."

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