NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Following the best varsity eight finishes in years at the Eastern Sprints and IRAs, the Yale heavyweights have elected Zachary Johnson to lead the team to even better results as next year's captain. The rising senior from Ross, Calif., is a history major in Davenport College. He will take over leadership duties for the heavyweights from outgoing captain Jon Morgan.
"I am honored to have been given this responsibility," said Johnson. "Over the past year, our team has taken great strides forward – both as individuals and as a whole – and I look forward to helping continue and accelerate this progression in any way that I can."
As a freshman Johnson stroked his freshman eight that defeated Dartmouth in dual racing and finished ninth at Eastern Sprints.
Sophomore year Johnson stepped right up into the varsity eight, rowing in the championship eight at the Head of the Charles in the fall. In the spring he rowed four-seat of the 1V that had dual season wins over Brown, against Dartmouth for the Olympic Axe, against Columbia and Penn for the Blackwell Cup and finished eighth at the Eastern Sprints. He then stroked the varsity eight in the Yale-Harvard Regatta and at IRAs.
This past year Johnson rowed in two-seat of the varsity eight that defeated Dartmouth for the Olympic Axe and Columbia and Penn for the Blackwell Cup. At the Eastern Sprints the 1V finished fifth, the best finish since 2008, and at the IRA the crew finished seventh with Johnson again in the bow pair for the best finish since 2006.
Before coming to Yale Johnson was the stroke of the U.S. Junior National 8+ that won a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. In the summer of 2012 he was invited to the U.S. U23 Selection Camp.
Growing up in Marin County, Calif., Johnson learned to row with Marin Rowing Association. In his senior year of high school he stroked the varsity eight to a gold medal at the 2010 San Diego Crew Classic and a silver medal at USRowing Youth Nationals.
This summer Johnson will be training out west at California Rowing Club, and is optimistic about the team hitting the ground running in the fall.
"The determination and dedication that I have seen in each and every member of this crew gives me absolute confidence in our ability to perform at the highest levels in this coming season," Johnson said.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity