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ale Women’s Crew has come a long way since 1974! Shaped by its rowers, coaches, and some key events over the last 4 decades, the Yale Women’s Crew program now offers the best collegiate rowing experience in the country. We are all grateful to the Heroes of YWC—people who were determined to make it better, not only for themselves, but also for the future. Just as we are today. YWC alumnae and friends will Drive Our Future, With Each Other, For Each Other—our campaign to ensure that this program not only survives but thrives in the years ahead. Winnie Jones Nordell ‘88 Thank you and a special cheer to all who helped in bringing YWC together for this 40th Celebration! Y-A-L-E GO YALE GO


Yale Women’s Crew 40th Anniversary Celebration Schedule of Events Friday, April 25, 2014 8:00 p.m. “Hero for Daisy” Screening (Thomas Mendenhall Room, Berkeley College) Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:20 a.m. Yale Women’s Crew vs. Radcliffe, First Race 10:15 a.m. Presentation of the Nathaniel H. Case ‘70 Cup 10:30 a.m. Alumnae Row 11:15 a.m. Welcome, Senior Recognition and Boat Dedication Tom Beckett, Director of Athletics Will Porter, Head Coach 12:00 p.m. Celebration Lunch (Gilder Boathouse) Welcome Winnie Jones Nordell ‘88, President YWC Association Decade Speakers: Betsy Sullivan ‘74 Joyce Nett ‘79 Rena Hedeman ‘87 Amy Winkelstein ‘96 Megan Leitch ‘02 Alice Henly ‘10 Maddie Lips ‘14 Closing Remarks Will Porter, Head Coach 3:00 p.m. Yale Campus Tour (beginning at Payne Whitney Gymnasium) 5:00 p.m. Reception & Dinner (Aurelian Room, SSS, 1 Prospect Street) Guest Speaker, Jane Esselstyn “Women, Power, Sex and Food” 9:00 p.m. Drinks at Mory’s (306 York Street)


YWC All-Time Coaches

NAT CASE ‘70

Joel Ristuccia ‘72

1973 (club)

NAT CASE ‘70 Christine Ernst ‘76 Carol Bower Christine Wilson ‘83 Mary Beth Brown Willis Black

1974 – 1993 1977 – 1980 1981 – 1985 1986 – 1987 1988 – 1989 1990 – 1993

WENDY DAVIS Willis Black Jamie Snider

1993 – 1997 1993 – 1997 1994 – 1995

CHRISTINE WILSON ‘83 Will Porter Ashley Anderson

1997 – 1999 1997 – 1999 1997 – 1999

WILL PORTER Georgia Crowley ‘95 Pasha Spencer Kate Maloney Jamie Snider Christine Glandorf ‘09 Sara Trowbridge

1999 – present 2000 – 2003 2001 - 2003 2003 – 2011 2004 – present 2012 – 2013 2013 – present

WENDY DAVIS

CHRISTINE WILSON ‘83

WILL PORTER


Joel Ristuccia ‘72 Ristuccia, a member of the Yale men’s crew as an undergraduate, served as the first head coach of the women’s program in the fall of 1972. He oversaw the transition from an intercollegiate boat to a club sport and held the team’s first practices at the Lagoon. With a budget of $600, Ristuccia volunteer coached a team of 11 women in that first season, which helped establish the tradition of women’s crew at Yale.

Nat Case ‘70 Case took over the Yale women’s rowing program in the fall of 1973 and helped build the program into a perennial national power. Under his leadership, the Bulldogs had four varsity boats capture national championships, in addition to his varsity and second varsity crews combining to claim eight Eastern Sprints titles from 1974-1993. A former rower at Yale (1966-70), he coached the fours on the U.S. Olympics team in 1980, the U.S. Women’s lightweight crew in 1982 and the U.S. Pre-Elite team in 1983. Case was inducted into the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

Wendy Davis Davis guided the Bulldogs for four seasons from 1994-97. Under her leadership, the Bulldogs finished fifth at the inaugural NCAA Championships in 1997. In 1994, she coached the varsity eight to a third-place finish at the EARC Sprints and a second-place finish at the National Championships, its highest finish since 1988. At the international level, Davis mentored the U.S. Junior Women’s National Team in 1989 and the U.S. Junior Women’s Sculling Development Team in 1988. She has been the Head Coach at the University of Minnesota since 2000.

Chris Wilson ‘83 A decorated oarswoman at Yale, Wilson graduated in 1983 and was a two-time captain of the women’s crew. Prior to taking over the varsity, she coached Yale’s women’s novice crew to undefeated seasons in 1986 and 1987 and Eastern and National Collegiate championships. In 1987, she became the first woman to coach men at a major college when she was named the freshman heavyweight coach. Wilson led the U.S. Lightweight women’s double to a silver medal at the 1990 World Championships and coached the Canadian Junior National team at the 1994 World Championships in Munich, Germany.

Will Porter Porter, who is in his 15th season as the head coach, has built the Bulldogs’ program into one of the most successful women’s crew programs in the country. Under his guidance, Yale has advanced to the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships in each of the last 14 seasons and posted four top-five team finishes, highlighted by a second-place finish in 2004, the highest finish in program history. Porter has coached four boats to NCAA titles, including back-to-back championships by the varsity eight in 2007 and 2008. The Bulldogs claimed the varsity eight for the third time in four years when they won the 2010 NCAA grand final. The 2009 second varsity also won an NCAA crown.

The 2007 College Rowing Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Porter has been named the New England Coach of the Year by the CRCA five times (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2013). His crews have won the NCAA Championship, the Eastern Sprints Championship (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010), the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship and the Women’s Henley Regatta. In addition, Yale has won the Charles Willing Team Trophy at Eastern Sprints three times under his guidance. Porter’s career as a national team oarsman was highlighted by a silver medal race in the 4- at the 1991 Pan American Games and a bronze m medal performance in the 8+ at the 1993 World Championships.

“Athletess will do what you ask them to do. You set the standard, they will try to get there……. My coaching changed most dramatically ally lly when I bbecame a parent. It was then that I realized that coaching is simply teaching people to do something they don’t yet know how to do…..these aren’t just athletes. These are people. People who want me to teach them how to go fast in a boat, together.” Will Porter, June 2011


YWC - Leaders From the Beginning


Henley Women’s Regatta

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ale has compiled an outstanding record with crews that have been fortunate enough to make the trip to the Henley Women’s (HWR) and the Henley Royal Regatta (HRR).

The Bulldogs competed in the Henley Women’s Regatta in Henley, England, for the first time in 2001 and won gold in the open eight. A week later at the (HRR) Yale fell to the Australian Institute of Sport in the semifinals. Yale returned to the Henley Women’s Regatta in 2005 and defeated the Vesta Rowing Club to win the Elite 8+ Sports Council Cup. Yale also entered three fours that year. In the Senior Coxed Four the Yale “B” entry advanced to the final while the “A” four lost to the eventual winner of the event Nottingham University. The straight four advanced to the Avril Vellacott Cup final. At the (HRR) the varsity eight claimed victory over Furnivall Sculling Club, and then lost a tight race to the Thames Rowing Club in the semi-finals of the Remenham Challenge Cup. In 2009 Yale’s elite eight boat set a Women’s Henley course record (4:40) in defeating the British U-23 eight for the Sports Council Cup, while the senior eight beat Agecroft R.C. to take the GP Jefferies Cup. In the elite fours, Yale fell in the semifinals to Nottingham Minerva, the eventual winners of the Copas Cup. At the HRR, the varsity eight defeated a Clyde A.R.C. & Edinburgh University composite and Thames R.C. in their first two races before falling to Leander Club & Wallingford R.C., which was essentially Great Britain’s national team, in the final of the Remenham Cup.

Regatta Championship Boatings

2001 VARSITY 8: MEGAN LEITCH, ELIZA KENNEDY, STEPHANIE ROLLINS, MELISSA MERRITT, CATHERINE WETMORE, JORDAN PEARCE-BRISTOL, EMILY JEFFERS, KATHERINE RIDDILE, KATIE MARSHALL COX


HENLEY TROPHY

2005 2005 HENLEY BOATINGS AND RESULTS

VARSITY 8: RACHEL JEFFERS, JOANNA HESS, CHRISTINE GEISER, AMANDA KENDRICK, JEHAN BUDAK (COX), CLAIRE NORSETTER, MARIA STEVENS, ALEXANDRA MOSER, CHARLOTTE TAFT.

THE ELITE STRAIGHT FOUR (THE AVRIL VELLACOTT CUP) AND MADE THE FINAL... FINISHING SECOND

BOW - JENNY HANSEN 2 - MEG SULLIVAN 3 - MARY KATE SULLIVAN STROKE YOLA GOLANOWSKA SENIOR COXED FOUR EVENT YALE "B" MADE THE FINAL...FINISHING SECOND

BOW - CATHERINE WASSENAAR 2 - MILLIE VUJOVIC 3 - DINAH DIMALANTA 4 - JULIE ANDRESS COX - ERIN HABER YALE "A"

LOST IN THE THIRD ROUND

2009 ELITE 8: CHRISTINE GLANDORF, CAROLINE NASH, CHRISTINA PERSON, ALICE HENLY, BERKLEY ADRIO (COX), MAREN MCCREA,TESS GERRAND, CARA DERMODY, TAYLOR RITZEL.

BOW - JAMIE REDMAN 2 - SUZANNE SALGADO 3 - ELIZABETH STOWERS 4 - KATY CURRAN COX - EMILY CLEVELAND

2009 SENIOR 8: KATHERINE ADAMS, ROXANNE CARINI, KATHLEEN O’KEEFE, MARY PAT WIXTED, SARAH BROWNLEE (COX), KARRIN WEISENTHAL, STEPHANIE MADNER, ELIZABETH MCDERMOTT, CATHERINE MCDERMOTT.


Eastern E aster Sprints/Ivy League Champions Eastern Sprints/Ivy

The Sally P. Shoemaker Ivy League Championship Trophy

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1979 VARSITY EIGHT

2007 VARSITY EIGHT


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on ns Champions National Champions National Champions

2008 VARSITY EIGHT

2010 VARSITY EIGHT


Yale Women’s Crew Captains 1973-1974 1974-1975 1975-1976 1976-1977 1977-1978 1978-1979 1979-1980 1980-1981 1981-1982 1982-1983 1983-1984 1984-1985 1985-1986 1986-1987 1987-1988 1988-1989 1989-1990 1990-1991 1991-1992 1992-1993 1993-1994 1994-1995 1995-1996 1996-1997 1997-1998 1998-1999 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014

Betsy Sullivan '74 Louise Handelman '76 Chris Ernst '76 Sook Young Yeu '77 Cathy Pew '79 Cathy Pew '79 Jane Krause '81 Anne Boucher '81 Chris Wilson '83 Chris Wilson '83 Jenny Murray '84 Lisa Melfi '85 Susan Prince '86 Jennifer DeVore '87 Ellen Jones '88 Jennifer Gale '89 Titia VanderMeulen '90 Mary “Mollie” Kelly '91 Sallie Johnson '92 Natasha Lewry '93 Eliza Miller '94 Tamara Schurdak '95 Amy Winkelstein '96 Amy McCoy '97 Jennifer Bevorkia '98 Elizabeth Suiter '99 Melanie Petrunia '01 Lucy McClellan '01 Megan Leitch '02 Melissa Merritt '03 Alicja Witkowski ‘04 Dinah Dimalanta ‘05 Katie Curran ‘06 Rachel Jeffers ‘07 Jennie Hansen ‘08 Christina Person ‘09 Taylor Ritzel ‘10 Caroline Nash ‘11 Kathleen O’Keefe ‘12 Eliza Hastings ‘13 Maddie Lips ‘14

Betsy Sullivan '74

Amy Winkelstein '96

Cathy Pew '79

Jennifer Bevorkia '98

Anne Boucher '81

Megan Leitch '02


Yale Women’s Crew Awards KIESLING AWARD Given to that member of the women’s crew who has shown the dedication, perseverance, and consistency of effort necessary to maintain morale and a high level of competitiveness and cooperation on the squad. 1977 Ronnie Alexander 1978 Jennie Kiesling 1979 Liz DeBethune 1980 Lee Ryan 1981 Mary Martin 1982 Grace Hodges 1978, Jennie Kiesling 1983 Christie Grim 1984 Janet Mackay 1985 Guilia Earle 1986 Pia Sass 1987 Katherine Ward 1988 Amy Metzler 1989 Lara Williams 1990 Lilia Solverstein 1991 Stephanie Simon 1992 Maya Guerra 1993 Jennifer Pett-Ridge 1994 Marjorie Bullitt 1995 Tamara Schurdak 1996 Amy Winkelstein 1997 Amy McCoy 2003, Alicja Witkowski 1998 Carolynn Lee 1999 Elizabeth Suiter 2000 Gwynna Biggers 2001 Shannon O’Grady 2002 Catherine Wetmore 2003 Alicja Witkowski 2004 Alicja Witkowski 2005 Charlotte Taft 2006 Joanna Hess 2007 Emily Cleveland 2008 Jennie Hansen 2009 Tess Gerrand 2010 Taylor Ritzel 2011 Stephanie Madner 2012 Eliza Hastings 2013 Eliza Hastings 2007, Emily Cleveland

CHRISTINE K. ERNST CUP

Chris Ernst

1999, Catherine Wetmore

2008, Sarah Brownlee

Given to that novice who best exhibits the qualities of spirit and leadership necessary for a successful rowing experience. 1977 Ann Giesel 1978 Nancy Brown 1979 Kim Ellison 1980 Anne DeBoise 1981 Allison Coleman 1982 Rachel Resnick 1983 Lynn Pettigrew 1984 Jennifer DeVore 1985 Margaret Weatherford 1986 Anna Lembke 1987 Beth Hackman 1988 Betsy Ames 1989 Catherine Manley 1990 Natasha Lewry 1991 Amy Appleton 1992 Helen Mayes 1993 Tiffany Gomez 1994 Megan Quinn 1995 Margaret Malone 1996 Andrea Mautner 1997 Francine Chew 1998 Lily Morgan 1999 Catherine Wetmore 2000 Sue Vanderhill 2001 Alexander Taylor 2002 Charlotte Taft 2003 Joanna Hess 2004 Julie Andress 2005 Suzanne Salgado 2006 Lilah Hume 2007 Katherine Adams 2008 Sarah Brownlee 2009 Catherine McDermott 2010 Eliza Hastings 2011 Maddie Lips 2012 Kim Szokol 2013 Abbie Young


Yale Women’s Crew Awards ANNE WARNER AWARD Given to that member of the varsity boat who has proved the greatest impetus toward the achievement of the crew’s racing goals. 1977 Anne Warner 1978 Virginia Gilder 1979 Elaine Mathies 1980 Kate O’Brien 1981 Anne Boucher 1982 Chris Wilson 1983 Alex James 1984 Jenny Murray 1985 Lisa Melfi 1986 Mimi Wright 1977, Anne Warner 1987 Katherine Widnell 1988 Rebecca Leonard 1989 Rebecca Leonard 1990 Titia VanderMeulan 1991 Mary J.P. Kelly 1992 Sarah Johnson 1993 Natasha Lewry 1994 Eliza Miller 1995 Georgia Crowley 1996 Emily Wood 1997 Emily Wood 1998 Connie Wright 1999 Anne Kingery 2000 Shannon O’Grady Eliza Kennedy 1995, Georgia Crowley 2001 2002 Stephanie Rollins 2003 Jordan Pearce-Bristol 2004 Ashley Brzozowicz 2005 Claire Norsetter 2006 Rachel Jeffers 2007 Rachel Jeffers 2008 Jamie Redman 2009 Taylor Ritzel 2010 Tess Gerrand 2011 Catherine McDermott 2012 Catherine McDermott 2013 Natalie King 2001, Eliza Kennedy

NATHANIEL CASE AWARD

2004, 05, Meredith Garagiola

2010, Katherine Adams

Given to a member of the women’s crew, chosen by the team, who has shown playfulness of spirit and care for her teammates, and in so doing, exemplified the love of crew essential to the spirit of Yale Women’s Crew. 1994 Amy Appleton 1995 Annalee Salcedo 1996 Sarah Webb 1997 Stephanie Sandoz 1998 Jennifer Brevorka 1999 Amber Carroll 2000 Kelly Barnett 2001 Kelly Barnett 2002 Kelly Barnett 2003 Jennifer Draxl 2004 Meredith Garagiola 2005 Meredith Garagiola 2006 Christine Geiser 2007 Suzanne Salgado 2008 Jamie Redman 2009 Rebecca Nadal 2010 Katherine Adams 2011 Stephanie Madner 2012 Amanda Grady 2013 Sabrina Malak


Yale Women’s Crew Awards ACADEMIC ALL-IVY Danielle Klotzkin 1993, 1994 Tamara Schurdak 1995 Connie Wright 1999 Catherine Wetmore 2000, 2001, 2002 Molly Wojcik 2003 Joanna Hess 2004, 2006 Charlotte Taft 2005 Jane Moore 2006 Emily Cleveland 2007 Jamie Redman 2008 Christine Glandorf 2009 Mia Kanak 2010 Stephanie Madner 2011 Dara Dickson 2012 Margaret Ayers 2013

CRCA ACADEMIC-AA Catherine Wetmore 2001, 2002 Eliza Kennedy 2002 Shannon O’Grady 2002 Joanna Hess 2004, 2005 Jane Moore 2004, 2005 Claire Norsetter 2004, 2005 Charlotte Taft 2005

CRCA ALL NEW ENGLAND. Megan Leitch 2001 Melissa Merritt 2001, 2002 Catherine Wetmore 2001, 2002 Ashley Brzozowicz 2003, 2004 Jordan Pearce-Bristol 2003 Maria Stevens 2004, 2005, 2006 Jehan Budak 2004 Rachel Jeffers 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Alicja Witkowski 2004 Jehan Budak 2005 Claire Norsetter 2005 Jame Moore 2006 Joanna Hess 2006 Emily Cleveland 2006, 2007 Tess Gerrand 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Jamie Redman 2007, 2008 Tess Gerrand 2008, 2009 Taylor Ritzel 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Christina Person 2008, 2009 Christine Glandorf 2009 Alice Henly 2010 Caroline Nash 2010, 2011 Stephanie Madner 2011

Catherine McDermott2011, 2012 Maddie Lips 2012 Dara Dickson 2012 Eliza Hastings 2012, 2013 Christy Devlin 2012 Natalie King 2013 Kim Szokol 2013 Kristen Brownlee 2013 Claire Tolson 2013

CRCA ALL-AMERICAN Melissa Merritt 2001, 2003 Catherine Wetmore 2001 Jordan Pearce-Bristol 2003 Ashley Brzozowicz 2004 Maria Stevens 2004, 2005, 2006 Rachel Jeffers 2005, 2006, 2007 Claire Norsetter 2005 Emily Cleveland 2007 Tess Gerrand 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Jamie Redman 2007 Taylor Ritzel 2008, 2009, 2010 Christina Person 2009 Alice Henly 2010 Mia Kanak 2010 Caroline Nash 2010, 2011 Stephanie Madner 2011 Catherine McDermott 2012

CRCA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES Emily Cleveland 2006, 2007 Suzanne Salgado 2006, 2007, 2008 Jamie Redman 2006, 2007, 2008 Joanna Hess 2006 Jane Moore 2006 Lee Glandorf 2007, 2008, 2009 Christine Glandorf 2007, 2008, 2009 Katherine Adams 2008, 2009 Erin Haber 2008 Mia Kanak 2008, 2009, 2010 Catherine Hart 2008, 2009, 2010 Sarah Brownlee 2009 Roxanne Carini 2009 Alexandra Thompson 2009 Alice Henly 2010 Alexandra Fields 2010, 2011 Nicole Grigg 2010, 2011, 2012 Stephanie Madner 2010, 2011 Catherine McDermott 2010, 2012 Elizabeth McDermott 2010 Margaret Ayers 2011, 2012, 2013 Dara Dickson 2011, 2012 Elizabeth Kalina 2011 Lauren Ross 2011 Maddie Lips 2012, 2013 Brittany Bowman 2012 Kristen Brownlee 2012 Christine Devlin 2013 Amina Edwards 2013 Katherine Freeman 2013 Kristjana Gundmundsson 2013

Melissa Merritt ‘03 Maria Stevens ‘06 Nicole Grigg ‘12 Margaret Ayers ‘13


Two Score and the Score – A Summary of 40 Years of 1970 he tradition of Yale women’s crew began with a $600 budget and a small boathouse at the lagoon, but within three years it became a varsity sport at the conclusion of the 1974 season. The program participated in its first Eastern Sprints that season and began its path towards national success. The 1976 season was a pivotal year in the program’s history as it was the first that there was a full-time women’s coach position. More notably, in March, members of the women’s crew team protested the lack of adequate locker and shower facilities by disrobing in front of assistant athletic director Joni Barnett to reveal the words “Title IX” written on their bodies. They read a team letter detailing their situation and necessity to be treated as serious athletes. The protest made news across the country and led to the addition of locker facilities at the boathouse by the end of the year. The varsity claimed its first victory at the Eastern Sprints in 1977 and defeated Radcliffe for the first time. Just two years later, the 1979 varsity (Bow Jane Krause; Sally Fiser; Lisa Laverty; Virginia Gilder; Cathy Pew; Elaine Mathjies; Anne Boucher; Stroke Mary O’Conner; Cox Joyce Frocks) went undefeated and won both the Eastern Sprints and a National Championship

Eastern Sprints Varsity - Gold 1st Novice - Silver Varsity 4 - Silver Lwt 4 - Silver ...AND beat Radcliffe. It was the 2nd, and last time that the women raced Radcliffe on the Thames the same time as the men. N.W.R.A. Championship Varsity - Open Eight Bronze

1979

Eastern Sprints Varsity - Gold 2nd Varsity - Bronze Collegiate Nationals Varsity - Gold

1980

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he Bulldogs’ program grew in size and with added depth became even more successful, claiming their first Charles Willing Cup Team Trophy at the Eastern Sprints in 1986 and followed with another trophy in 1988. The varsity won a pair of Eastern Sprints titles and six boats claimed national championships during the decade, which was capped off by the second and novice eights winning national titles in 1988.

1980

1982

1984

Eastern Sprints 2nd Varsity - Silver 1st Novice - Bronze

Eastern Sprints Varsity - Silver 2nd Varsity - Gold 2nd Novice - Silver

Eastern Sprints 2nd Varsity - Silver Varsity 4 - Gold 1st Novice - Silver 2nd Novice - Silver

1981 Eastern Sprints Varsity - Gold 2nd Varsity - Bronze 1st Novice - Gold Collegiate Nationals Varsity - Silver 1st Novice - Gold

1983 Eastern Sprints 2nd Varsity - Gold 1st Novice - Bronze 2nd Novice - Silver

Collegiate Nationals 2nd Varsity - Gold Varsity 4 - Silver 1st Novice - Silver Novice 4 - Gold

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“Early m mo cia's unflag agging a good humor with our borrowed shells, tiny bbudget d andd varied roster. Dog over shell rescue when Coach Nat Case's dog Woody panicked and dog-paddled after us when not enough women showed up to row one morning and Nat had to get in the shell to even out the number. Sliding up and down on the runners when my seat came off during the first Head of the Charles to include women's eights. The legendary boathouse rigger Jerry Romano (whoo had his work cut out with our assorted sizes) showing up with with an acetylene torch when we forgot matches for the birthhday ay ca cake candles.” - Betsy Sullivan ‘74

“... recallin ng an amazing race like the time we raced Dartmouth on tthe Connecticut River. The conditions were great and the river was flatter that I’d ever seen it. The coach advised us that they had a fast start and our only hope was to get out fast and try to hang on. We went out fast and pulled away and away and away, instead of our planned sprint print we took the stroke down to limit the difference in ourr finish times.” - Joyce Nett ‘79

“A favorite favorite memory from four unbelievably amazing years? Too hard! They all blend tto together into one big tidal wave of emotions that make my heart swell - camaraderie, commitment, determination, grit, fierce desire, courage, devotion, laughter, tears, euphoria, disappointment, friendship,, trust, encouragement and love.” - Rena Hedeman ‘87

1985

Eastern Sprints 2nd Varsity - Gold Varsity 4 - Gold

1986 Eastern Sprints 1st Novice - Gold

1987 Eastern Sprints Varsity - Silver 2nd Varsity - Silver

1st Novice - Gold 2nd Novice - Silver

2nd Varsity - Gold 1st Novice - Silver

Collegiate Nationals Varsity - Silver 2nd Varsity - Silver 1st Novice - Gold

Collegiate Nationals Varsity - Silver 2nd Varsity - Gold 1st Novice - Gold

1988

1989

Eastern Sprints Eastern Sprints Charles Willing Jr. 2nd Varsity - Bronze Team trophy for overall supremacy Varsity - Bronze


Women’s Rowing at Yale 1990 s women’s rowing grew, Yale continued to be among the top programs in the country. The second eight won the Schweppes International Regatta in 1992 and the varsity four won a national championship in 1993. The varsity eight won a bronze at the Eastern Sprints and a silver medal at the Collegiate Nationals in 1994. The NCAA hosted its first championship in 1997 and the Bulldogs claimed fifth place as a team at the inaugural event. The final year of the decade marked the groundbreaking of the Gilder Boathouse and Yale claimed a bronze medal in the varsity eights at the Eastern Sprints and a gold medal at the IRA Regatta in 1999.

1991

1995

Eastern Sprints 1st Novice - Silver 2nd Novice - Bronze

Eastern Sprints 2nd Varsity - Silver

1993

Eastern Sprints 2nd Varsity - Silver

Collegiate Nationals Varsity 4 - Gold

1994

1997 NCAA 5th Place Team

Eastern Sprints Varsity - Bronze Varsity 4 - Bronze 1st Novice - Silver

1999

Collegiate Nationals Varsity - Silver

IRA Championship 2nd Varsity - Gold

Eastern Sprints 1st Novice - Bronze 2nd Novice - Bronze

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““… … it really has always been about the people. I have never met a more inspiring, passionate, dedicated, driven and motivated grou up of individuals- both the rowers and the coaches. Together, both on and off the water, we helped each other achieve goals we never thought possible as individuals or as a team. We supported each other through difficult times and were the firstt to celebrate nev happy occasions together. When I think back on my time at Yale, it is of these friendships and teammates I think of first first and an with the greatest fondness.” - Amy Winkelstein ‘96

2000

"Back in MY day, we rowed out of a TENT... because they were building us most beautiful new boathouse in the country. The day we came "home" to this grand place and shoved-off from our new dock was absolutely magical. We couldn't believe our luck. Did the Gilder boathouse help YWC to go faster? Take a look at the record books!" - Megan Leitch ‘02

"On April 117, 2010 we lost to Princeton by two lengths of open water. Our previously undefeated season was a joke. From our first stroke att practice ti tthe following Monday we pulled like our lives depended on it. We attacked the warmup, even the row in to the dock. For the first time, the nine of us had an unspoken understanding: every stroke, every second was precious. I'll never forget that feeling of determination. It was greater than any one of us. That feeling, that visceral resolve is my strongest memory of YWC. It's also my proudest memory. I can still feel how hard we worked when we were down and it's more valuable than any number of trophies and medals." edals." dals." - Alice Henly, Class of 2010


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ale has maintained its standing among the nation’s top programs and reached new heights. The Bulldogs have advanced to 14 consecutive NCAA championships and earned a second-place team finish in 2004. The varsity won back-to-back NCAA championships in 2007 and 2008 and then added a third title in 2010. Yale added three Charles Willing Cup Team Trophies in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

2003

7th Place Team

Eastern Sprints 3rd Varsity - Bronze 4th Varsity - Bronze 1st Novice - Bronze

Henley Women’s Regatta Varsity - Open Eight - Gold 2nd Varsity four - Frank Harry Cup

Eastern Sprints Varsity - NCAA Qualifier 2nd Varsity - Bronze

NCAA 10th Place Team

Henley Royal Regatta Varsity - Henley Prize Semifinalist

Henley Women’s Regatta Varsity - Open Eight - Gold

Eastern Sprints Varsity - Bronze 2nd Varsity - Silver

Eastern Sprints Varsity - NCAA Qualifier Novice 4 - Bronze

2001

Henley Royal Regatta Varsity - Henley Prize Semifinalist

2002 Eastern Sprints Varsity - Silver 2nd Varsity - Bronze NCAA 6th Place Team 3rd Varsity - Bronze

2004

NCAA 2nd Place Team Varsity - Silver

2005 Eastern Sprints Varsity - Gold Second Varsity - Silver Varsity Four - Silver NCAA

2006 Eastern Sprints Varsity - Bronze 2nd Varsity - Silver Varsity Four - Bronze NCAA 10th Place Team

2007 Eastern Sprints Charles Willing Jr. Team trophy for overall supremacy

2010 2010

2012

Eastern Sprints Charles Willing Jr. Team trophy for overall supremacy Varsity - Gold 2nd Varsity - Bronze Varsity Four - Silver 3rd Varsity - Silver 2nd Varsity Four - Silver

Ivy League Championship 3rd Place Team 2nd Varsity - Bronze Varsity Four - Bronze 2nd Varsity Four - Gold

NCAA 6th Place Team Varsity - Gold

Ivy League Championship 5th Place Team Varsity - Silver Varsity Four - Silver

2011 Eastern Sprints 2nd Varsity - Silver Varsity Four - Bronze NCAA 11th Place Team

NCAA 10th Place Team

2013

NCAA 8th Place Team

Varsity - Gold 2nd Varsity - Bronze 1st Novice - Bronze Varsity Four - Gold NCAA 4th Place Team Varsity - Gold

2008 Eastern Sprints Varsity - Silver 2nd Varsity - Bronze Varsity Four - Gold NCAA 4th Place Team Varsity - Gold

Varsity - Gold 2nd Varsity - Silver Varsity Four - Gold 1st Novice - Gold 2nd Varsity Four - Gold NCAA 3rd Place Team 2nd Varsity - Gold Varsity Four - Bronze Henley Women’s Regatta Elite Eight - Gold Senior Eight - Gold Henley Royal Regatta Elite Eight - Remenham Cup finalist

2009 Eastern Sprints Charles Willing Jr. Team trophy for overall supremacy

2000

“One of m my favorite racing memories of YWC was at the Princeton Chase last fall. By the end of thee race, we had closed the gap between our boat and the Princeton boat that started ahead. h d O Our coxswain was yelling at their coxswain to yield, and when she didn't, our coxswain essentially ran them over until they were forced to steer wide on the turn. turn It wa was a moment of sheer guts that I think embodies our bulldog tenacity...and ramming Prrinceton inceton on their home course was truly satisfying.” Maddie Lips ‘14


Yale Women’s Crew and the Olympics Nathaniel Case ‘70 (Coach) Christine Ernst ‘76 Anne Warner ‘77 Virginia Gilder ‘79 Mary O’Connor ‘79 Ashley Brzozowicz ‘04 Rachel Jeffers ‘07 Jamie Redman ‘08 Tess Gerrand ‘10 Taylor Ritzel ‘10 Sarah Trowbridge

1980* 1976, 1984 1976 (bronze medal), 1980* 1980*, 1984 (silver medal) 1980* 2008, 2012 (silver medal) 2008 2012 2012 2012 (gold medal) 2012

* Member of 1980 U.S. Team that did not compete at Moscow Games due to boycott TAYLOR RITZEL ‘10

TAYLOR RITZEL ‘10 (4TH FROM LEFT)

ANNE WARNER ‘77

GINNY GILDER ‘79

ASHLEY BRZOZOWICZ ‘04


2004 NCAA Team Championship - 2nd Place

GOING FOR THE GOLD


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