June 22, 2009

Brendan McCook Elected Lightweight Crew Captain

McCook to Serve as Captain for 2009-2010 Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Brendan McCook, a rising senior from McLean, Va., has been named captain of the Yale lightweight crew for the 2009-2010 season. McCook was elected by his teammates to succeed Daniel Ensslen.

As a member of the first varsity crew in his sophomore and junior years, McCook has earned bronze and silver medals at the IRA national championship regatta. In 2007, he won an Eastern Sprints gold medal as a member of the first freshman boat.

"We've come so close to the varsity national championship over the past two years, and to winning the Jope Cup at the Sprints. It's the goal of the senior class to lead the squad to team success," McCook said. "I've had great captains to look up to during my time on the team, and it's thanks to their leadership and enthusiasm I'm prepared to take on that role."

McCook comes from McLean High School's crew team in McLean, Va. At Yale he is an electrical engineering major and has been accepted into the US Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Officer Program. After graduation he will complete the Navy's Officer Candidate School and serve as a nuclear propulsion officer on a submarine.

"It's a great honor to hold this position and I look forward to continuing the tradition of speed and success the lightweight team has built over its storied history," McCook said.

Report filed by Steven Horn, Yale Sports Publicity

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