GALES FERRY, Conn. – After months of training and its most successful season in nearly a decade, the Yale heavyweight crew closed its season with its annual banquet. Every year the banquet marks the end of the team's stay at Gales Ferry by honoring three seniors and a freshman for their contributions to the program. After the four awards were handed out, the evening concluded with the announcement that junior rower Lyon Van Voorhis will serve as team captain for the 2014-15 season.
Freshman John Risbergs (Islip, N.Y.) was given the Jerry Romano Award, given annually to the oarsman who most thoroughly enjoys the freshman experience.
Senior Oliver Fletcher (London, U.K.) was given the George Pew Award, given to the team member who distinguishes himself through hard work, dedication and loyalty to Yale Crew in all facets of the program. The award was established in 1995 and was donated by Chris Getman, '64.
Senior Lawrence Lopez (Cos Cob, Conn.) was given the Class of 1930 Spirit Award, donated by the Yale Crew Class of 1930 and given annually to the member of the varsity crew for the best cooperative spirit during the year.
Senior Owen Symington (Melbourne, Australia) was given the Augustus S. Blagden Trophy, donated in memory of Augustus S. Blagden, Ph.B. 1901 and awarded annually to that senior who, in spirit and action, has done most to enhance the tradition of rowing at Yale.
The final announcement of the evening was that Van Voorhis had been elected captain by his teammates for the 2014-15 season. The junior from Mattapoisett, Mass., finished the season rowing in the second varsity at IRAs and against Harvard. This summer, Van Voorhis will work and train in Berlin. He began rowing his freshman year at Yale.
Report filed by Ari Zimmet '16, Yale Sports Publicity.