July 3, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS - Rachel Jeffers, who stroked the Yale varsity eight to the NCAA title, is one of 128 conference and independent nominees for the 17th annual NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Jeffers and Harvard women's hockey player Julie Chu are the Ivy League's nominees.
Jeffers, the 2007 Yale captain, is a three-time first team CRCA All-American and a four-time first team All-New England selection. In addition, she was the recipient of the Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale.
As a senior this spring, she guided the Bulldogs to a 12-0 record in the dual-race season and Eastern Sprints and NCAA titles. In her freshman season, she sat in the No. 1 seat as the Bulldogs finished second in the NCAA Grand Final. In her sophomore year, the Bulldogs won their first Sprints and Ivy League titles since 1981. Yale captured the bronze medal at Sprints in her junior season.
Jeffers, who started rowing in her sophomore year of high school at a club in her hometown of Los Gatos, Calif., also has international experience. She was part of the United States national eight team that won a silver medal in last year's World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. She is a candidate for the U.S. team that will compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
The NCAA Woman of the Year nominees represent all three divisions and have excelled in academics, athletics and community service. The top 10 winners per division will be announced in August and then narrowed to top three winners per division in September. The Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 27.
Nominees are selected based on service and leadership activities, academic achievement, athletics excellence, and a personal statement describing benefits she has gained from her experience as a student-athlete.
To be eligible for this honor, the female student-athlete must have earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and competed during the 2006-07 academic year. As well, each individual must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2007 spring season and must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity