New Bulldog Leader in 5 Seat
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The new captain of the Yale Heavyweight Crew helped the varsity boat win a school-record three straight Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints Championships and a 2017 national championship. Paul Jacquot, who was voted captain of the 2017-18 squad after helping the Elis sweep Harvard on June 10, has been in the No. 5 seat of Yale's top boat the last three years.
"Being named captain of the Yale heavyweight crew team is an honor, especially when the squad has been as successful as we have been recently," said Jacquot, an economics and archaeology major. "This season was historic and next year will be too."
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound senior from Chalon-sur-Saone, France, helped his boat win every dual race over the last three spring seasons while earning medals at the last two IRA (national championship) Regattas. Jacquot, who has twice competed for the French U23 team at the World Championships, was in Yale boats that earned four significant first-time victories for the 1V: the IRA, Henley Royal Regatta, Head of the Charles and the San Diego Crew Classic.
"[2016-17 captain] Rob Hurn and the departing senior class are leaving huge boots to fill, but I'm confident my fellow classmates and I will show the leadership needed to make our entire program the best in the country," said Jacquot, who did an archaeological dig in Mongolia before going to the world championships last summer.
The Yale 1V won the 2017 EARC Sprints in May and then edged Washington in the grand final of the IRAs in California in June. The top three Eli boats earned victories in last week's Yale-Harvard Regatta. The Bulldogs have won two straight against the Crimson.
"Our expectations for every boat on the team for next year are very high and I am very excited to welcome our new freshman class in the fall. If we keep putting in hard work and enjoying ourselves, the incoming class should be the key to our program stepping up one last notch."
This spring's accomplishments allow the current oarsmen the right to call themselves among the best in the history of Yale Heavyweight Crew. Three seniors in the 1V graduated, so expectations will be lofty for the next squad.
"Before thinking of next year, we should enjoy the time being, thank the departing seniors once more and come down from the high emotions of this spring. Moreover, even though our traditional season is over, part of the squad has been invited to row at the Henley Royal Regattas in early July, and like any race we compete in, we want to win it," said the new captain, who will be working at Sotheby's in New York City this summer assigning value to art.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director- firstname.lastname@example.org