NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Kyle Veatch, one of Yale’s top sprinters and a pivotal member of the Bulldogs’ relay squads, has been elected captain of the 2010-2011 Elis. The announcement was made last week at the annual post-season banquet.
“It really is an incredible honor to be captain,” Veatch said. “I am excited to represent the current team and the century long swimming program. There are so many great guys in the junior class that could have done the job and I appreciate the faith the team has in me to lead.”
The Cornelius, N. C., native earned second-team All-Ivy recognition this season as a member of Yale’s 400-yard relay squad, and was a force in the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle all season.
Veatch will be called upon to lead the Elis into the future in the wake of legendary coach Frank Keefe’s retirement after 32 years this March.
“(We) had the opportunity to be coached by a legend,” Veatch said of the classes of 2011, ’12, and ’13. “We were a part of the Keefe era, but we also have the opportunity to usher in the new era of Yale swimming. It certainly will be challenging and will require constant communication and cooperation with the new coach. However, I am excited to be a part of the change and see where this swimming program is headed.”
In doing so, Veatch will be able to call upon the lessons learned from previous captains, including this season’s captain Tom Robinson and 2008-09 captain Alex Righi, one of Yale’s all-time greats.
“During my three years here I have had three great captains come before me,” Veatch explained. “ I think the most important thing I have learned and observed is that leading by example is perhaps the most important role to take. Also, the team is not run by one person. I know I can rely on the fellow members of the 2011 class for support and advice.”
Veatch has a solid group of classmates to lean on for that support and advice. The Bulldogs will be led by a group of nine accomplished swimmers and divers in the senior class: Veatch, Jason and Lugar Choi, Sam Goldsmith, Alex Gornitzky, Matt and Chang Lee, Zak Murez, Eric Olson and Nick Van Nispen.
That group will be entrusted with ensuring that the tradition and prestige of Yale swimming does not miss a beat as it moves into the future, and with Veatch at the helm, it is almost certain they will do just that.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.