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No. 6 Bulldogs, Armed With Young Talent, Ready to Hit Water

Joe Morris and Mike Hession.
Joe Morris and Mike Hession.

Season begins with Harry Anderson Trophy

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a summer away from New Haven, the Bulldogs have reconvened at Short Beach to begin the team's fall campaign.  The season will begin with the Harry Anderson Trophy, held at the McNay Family Sailing Center on September 11-12.

This year's roster of Elis is quite different than the one racing for the ICSA/Gill National Dinghy Championship in Madison, Wisc., this past May and June.  The Class of 2010, which included skippers Thomas Barrows, Sarah Lihan and John Vrolyk as well as crews Michael Hession, Rebecca Jackson and Marla Menninger, has graduated.  Barrows has not gone far, returning to New Haven as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs.  In 2010's place, the class of 2014 has taken up residence on Old Campus.  Joining the Bulldogs are skippers Marlena Fauer (New York, N.Y.), Will Feldman (Hingham, Mass.), Max Nickbarg (St. John, U.S.V.I.), and Chris Segerblom (Costa Mesa, Calif.).  Fauer is a member of the 2010 U.S. Development Team, Segerblom is a three-time High School National Champion, and Nickbarg won the High School Singlehanded National Championship last year.  New crews include Eugenia Custo Grieg (Key Biscayne, Fla.), Anna Han (Arlington, Va.), Amanda Salvesen (Annapolis, Md.), Maddy Yozwiak (Croton on Hudson, N.Y.)  Salvesen won the 2008 High School National Championship for Severn with current team captain Joseph Morris.     

A number of veterans will all be vying for spots within the Bulldogs lineup.  Junior Joseph Morris collected his second All-American nod last spring and will lead the team into the fall season.  Seniors Andrew Kurzrok and Nathan Stevens, juniors Chris Ell, Rob Struckett and Genoa Warner and sophomores Cam Cullman and Zachary Foreman, all skippers, return to the team seeking to make an impact.  Cullman spent the summer racing lasers, a singlehanded dinghy, and will train for the New England Singlehanded Championship later this fall.  Seniors Blair Belling—the women's captain—Liz Brim, Tatyana Camejo and Alexa Chu, juniors Isabel Elliman and Stephanie Schuyler, sophomores Senem Cilingiroglu, Rafael Fernandez, Heather May and Grace Zimmerly are experienced crews ready to keep the boat moving fast. 

All told, the team is motivated to continue improving and strive for victory heading into the fall.  The Bulldogs were ranked sixth in a recent pre-season ranking, trailing reigning national champion Boston College, Georgetown, St. Mary's, Brown and Harvard, respectively.  The fall sailing season is longer than that of the spring, requiring long-term focus as the weeks pass by and the weather turns colder.  Those teams that can best handle the weekly highs and lows will be best prepared for the season-finale Atlantic Coast Championship, to be held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on November 13 and 14.

The Bulldogs open the season with the Harry Anderson Trophy, hosted at the McNay Family Sailing Center, this Saturday, September 11.

Report Filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity