Four Team Awards Also Announced
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Maddie Lips, a three-year member of the varsity eight, has been elected captain of the 2013-14 Yale women's crew. The announcement was made recently following a team vote.
"I am so excited and honored to be elected captain for next year," said Lips, a Parker, Colo., native. "This team means everything to me, and I hope to lead my teammates to love being fit and racing hard. I have big shoes to fill. [2012-13 captain] Eliza Hastings made some great changes this year to make us faster and bring us together as a team. In the past year, we have built a level of trust and collective vision that will give us a strong foundation going into next year."
Lips has sat in the varsity eight since the day she arrived in New Haven. This spring, she earned second team All-Ivy recognition after helping the Bulldogs to a second-place finish at the Ivy League Championship. In her sophomore season, she earned CRCA first team All-New England recognition, and as a freshman was the recipient of the team's Chris Ernst Award.
"Maddie is a very hard worker and will lead by example. She is upbeat and positive and has always been a good racer," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "She is the right choice to lead the team next year."
Lips is part of a deep and talented Class of 2014.
"My senior class will be a great force of leadership on the team, both physically and in personality," she said. "I am so lucky to be able to rely on them as we work towards our goals."
Lips also has international experience. She represented the United States in the 2012 Under-23 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, placing 15th in the single scull. This summer she will be training at the Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont and has been invited to the trials for the U.S. Under-23 Women's Single where she hopes to earn a spot in the World Championships in July.
In addition to the naming of next year's captain, the team awards also were announced.
Hastings, who earned first team All-New England recognition this spring, was the recipient of the Jenny Kiesling Award.
The Anne Warner Award was presented to senior Natalie King, a three-year varsity eight member.
The Bulldogs enjoyed another outstanding season, finishing eighth at the NCAA Championship. Yale has now finished in the top-10 in 11 of the last 12 years.
Maddie Lips photo courtesy of David Hastings
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity