Margot Benedict Named 2011 Captain

Junior Has Carved Out Key Role for Bulldogs

New Haven, Conn. – Junior Margot Benedict was named the captain of the women's sailing team this morning after voting at the Ray Tompkins House.  Benedict is a key player for the Bulldogs and has become a leader in her three years on the team.  Last spring, she travelled to Madison, Wisc., with the Bulldogs for the ICSA Women's National Championship.

Benedict, who hails from Shaftsbury, Vt., grew up on the slopes, not the seas.  In high school she was a three-time state skiing champion.  Once at Yale, she was drafted into the collegiate dinghy and has sailed ever since. 

"It's a little bit surreal to think that 3 years ago I had never sailed, and now I'm the captain of the women's team," she said.

Benedict, who also skis for Yale, has played several roles for the Bulldogs.  As a freshman, she sailed in seven events including the Freshman New England and Freshman Atlantic Coast Championships.  By sophomore year she was crewing at women's events throughout the region, and was part of the squad that won the Duplin Women's Team Race at Tufts.  She finished out the season in Madision, Wisc., at the qualifier for the Women's National Championship.

"It is a testament to the team's inclusive and welcoming environment that a walk-on was able to go from beginner to captain," Benedict added.

Coach Zack Leonard '89 said, "Margot will be a great captain. Her strong leadership qualities must be evident to everybody on the team."

Benedict inherits the captaincy from senior Blair Belling.

With a new leader, the Bulldogs are ready for the Spring 2011 campaign.  The season will kick off March 5 with the Women's Intersectional at College of Charleston.

Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity