June 13, 2012

Morgan Elected Captain for 2012-13 Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Next year the Yale heavyweight crew team will be in the hands of an international oarsman.  Jon Morgan, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a rising senior in Calhoun College majoring in history.  Morgan will take over leadership duties for the heavyweights from outgoing captain Tom Dethlefs.

Morgan's rowing career spans almost a decade.  Before coming to Yale Morgan rowed for five years at St. John's College in Johannesburg, South Africa.  There he won the South Africa Junior National Championships and set junior national records in the four and the pair.

At Yale, Morgan has rowed in Yale's freshman, third varsity and junior varsity crews before rowing in the Yale varsity eight this year.  This spring Morgan rowed in bow seat of the varsity eight that defeated the Ivy League Champion Brown and defeated Dartmouth for the Olympic Axe.

Beyond rowing, Morgan is interested in history, politics and archaeology. He will be travelling to Peru and Southeast Asia this summer to study some of the ancient civilizations of these areas.

"It is an incredible honor to serve in this position for such a prestigious and storied team," said Morgan.  "This past season we produced some promising results and breakthroughs upon which we will certainly build for the next.  The team is extremely excited for the upcoming season as well as the new class of freshmen who will be joining us."

Morgan's brother, Pieter Morgan '09, also rowed for Yale.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity

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