Demmerle Elected 2014-15 Captain

Demmerle Elected 2014-15 Captain

Team Awards Announced

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Nina Demmerle, who has sat in the varsity eight in each of her first three seasons, has been elected captain of the 2014-15 Yale women's crew.

"I am so honored and happy to lead this team next year," said Demmerle, a Greenwich, Conn., native. "YWC is a team of driven, passionate, hard-working women and I could not be more proud to be elected captain. I hope to bring a combination of passion and toughness to the role."

Demmerle helped the Bulldogs' varsity eight to a 9-2 record this spring. As a sophomore, she earned second team All-Ivy recognition as Yale placed second in the grand final at the Ivy League Championship. In addition, she raced in the NCAA Championship in her freshman and sophomore seasons.

"Nina may be the no-nonsense leader we need," said Yale head coach Will Porter.

Demmerle will have plenty of support leading the 2014-15 Bulldogs.

"2015 is a really great class," she said. "There will be 11 seniors and leading this team will be a class effort."

The Bulldogs will get a head start on next season when they travel to England for the Henley Women's Regatta and the Henley Royal Regatta later this month.

"Having the opportunity to train and race with the team for the first half of the summer gives us great momentum for the remainder of the summer," Demmerle said. "It will be awesome to get a few more opportunities to race with this team."

Demmerle inherits the captaincy from Maddie Lips '14.

"I have big shoes to fill," Demmerle said. "Maddie has shown us what it means to train hard and be fit. She has done an incredible job bringing the team together and setting precedent for next year."

In addition to the naming of the captain, the team awards were announced.

The Chris Ernst Award was presented to Lydia Keating. Maddie Lips was the recipient of the Jenny Kiesling Award. The Anne Warner Award went to Claire Tolson and Abby Loucks received the Nate Case Award.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity