NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Following the best varsity eight finishes in years at the Eastern Sprints and IRAs, the Yale heavyweights have elected Lyon Van Voorhis to lead the team to even better results as next year's captain. The rising senior from Mattapoisett, Mass., is a history major in Branford College. He will take over leadership duties for the heavyweights from outgoing captain Zachary Johnson, '14.
"I am very honored to have been granted this responsibility," said Van Voorhis. "In my three years on the team, I have seen unbelievable growth in the program, and I am excited to keep moving it forward this coming year."
Van Voorhis joined the heavyweight crew his freshman year as a novice to the sport. In his first year rowing, he sat four-seat in the 1F that had dual season wins over Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton.
His sophomore year, Van Voorhis was a part of the crew that finished second in the Club Eight event at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. He went on to row in the third varsity that beat Dartmouth and finished ninth at Sprints.
This past season, Van Voorhis rowed in the junior varsity, helping it to one of its most successful seasons in recent history. The boat went 3-3 in the regular dual-racing season, beating Cornell, Dartmouth and Brown. The boat went on to finish 12th at Sprints and 10th at IRAs.
Growing up in Mattapoisett, Van Voorhis attended Falmouth Academy, where he played varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse. During his senior seasons in high school he made the All-League Team for all three. He began rowing during his first year at Yale.
This summer Van Voorhis will be training out of a rowing club and working in Berlin, Germany.
Report filed by Ari Zimmet '16, Yale Sports Publicity