NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Rising senior William Harrington has been elected captain of the 2017-18 Yale varsity lightweight crew, following in the footsteps of Noah Baily '17. Harrington will be accompanied by newly-appointed Y150 commodore Chris King, a rising senior, who succeeds William Van Fossen '17. The two will look to lead the team to another strong year of racing, improving upon this past year's results which included gold and silver medals for the 3V and JV at the EARC Sprints and a bronze medal for the 1V at the IRA National Championship Regatta.
Harrington, a Garden City, New York, native, began his rowing career at Chaminade High School. Like his older brother Brendan, William matriculated to Yale and joined the Yale lightweights. As a freshman, Harrington spent most of his spring season in the first varsity eight. He started off his sophomore year with a first-place finish in the varsity lightweight coxed four at the Princeton 3-Mile Chase. That spring, he sat seven seat of the first varsity eight that went undefeated in the dual season, won gold at the EARC Sprints Regatta, took silver at the IRA National Championship Regatta and reached the semifinals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the 177th Henley Royal Regatta. William spent time in both six seat and stroke seat of the first varsity eight during his junior year, with the spring season culminating in a bronze medal for the crew at the IRA National Championship Regatta. Off the water, Harrington studies economics and enjoys listening to country music. Harrington is a member of Berkeley College.
Y150 Alumni Head Coach Andy Card says, "Will is a terrific choice for captain. He is vocal, determined, and works hard with passion all year round. He has earned respect throughout the boathouse for his winning personality and success on the water. With six seniors graduating from the varsity this year, Will is the perfect captain to lead the next campaign to find Yale's best eight."
King has been appointed the Y150 Commodore for the coming year. He hails from Newport Beach, California, where he attended Corona Del Mar high school and rowed for Newport Aquatic Center. At Yale, King has been a consistent leader in the fourth and third varsity eights and has brought a strong work ethic to the team during the indoor season. Off the water, he studies economics, has spent his summers traveling Europe and has served as a team representative for the Yale Student Athlete College Council. King is a member of Grace Hopper College.
Coach Card says, "The team has immense respect for Chris, having watched him battle the injury bug throughout his career. It's no surprise that he's been appointed Commodore. Always upbeat, ever resolute, committed to doing extra work and rehab, these are qualities that Chris has demonstrated for three years. His is a work ethic that can turn a season into something special."
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity