Porter Welcomes 10 In Class Of 2018

Will Porter at the post-race meeting (Tim Bennett photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale head coach Will Porter will welcome 10 freshmen to campus this fall. All bring strong credentials to New Haven.

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2018:

Sophie Deans   
5-9
Hometown: Sydney, Australia                                                    
School: Queenwood                                                                        
HS Coach: Alfie Young
Major: Undeclared
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the unique opportunity to engage in a world-class education and university experience while being part of a challenging and competitive rowing program. Yale promises to provide a stimulating academic and sporting environment within a vibrant social context."
Quote: Tough times don't last but tough people do.
Idol(s): My parents are my role models and have taught me to never give up and keep doing what I love, which is what has ultimately brought me to Yale University.
Porter says: "Sophie is a highly skilled and versatile athlete. She is a boat mover. I am excited for her to come to Yale."

Kate Flanders
6-0
Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.
School: Pine View High School
HS Coach: Marty Beyer
Major: Undecided
Why Yale? "On my official visit, I felt completely welcomed and accepted at Yale. Everyone is incredibly talented and passionate about what they do."
Quote: "Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind"
Idol(s): Esther Lofgren
Porter says: "Kate is tall and has been part of some fast Sarasota crews. I expect her to continue to get stronger and faster at Yale. I can't wait to coach her."

Meg Galloway
5-9
Hometown: Ridgefield, Conn.
School: Ridgefield High School
HS Coach: Liz Trond
Major: Undeclared
Why Yale? "During my official visit last fall, I met a slam poet, a neuroscientist, and a world class fencer all in one room. In the days following, I realized that these amazing people were all accumulated at Yale for one reason: they are the best at what they do. I chose Yale, quite simply, because it is a place where people go to excel."
Quote: My coach once quoted Uta Hagen in an email that said: "We must overcome the notion that we must be regular. It robs us of the chance to be extraordinary."                        
Idol(s): Liz Trond because she has been influential in my growth both as a person and an athlete.
Porter says: "Meg is a worker, and that is what we need more of - hard workers. She is a hockey player in a boat! I am excited to coach her."

Kate Horvat
6-2
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
School: Germantown Academy
HS Coaches: Susan Hermann/Taya DiAngelo
Major: Undecided
Why Yale? "In addition to offering unparalleled academic and athletic opportunities, Yale also felt like home the first time I ever set foot on campus.  Every student I spoke with couldn't wait to tell me how much they loved Yale - the school, students, teachers, campus, everything!  I had never seen students so genuinely excited to be a part of a community."
Quote:  If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
Idol: Calvin and Hobbes... between the two of them, they seem to have it all figured out.
Porter Says: "Kate is tall and talented and getting stronger every day. She has done well in the 1x this year which will always help in the big boats. It will be fun to coach her."

Lily Lindsay
5-9
Hometown: Harrison, N.Y.
School: Harrison High School
HS Coach: Guy Monseair
Major: Engineering
Why Yale?  "As someone who is interested in the sciences, the integration of the unparalleled intimacy of Yale's expanding engineering programs and historic dedication to liberal arts education makes for a unique balance between occupational focus and academic exploration. However, the main reason I chose Yale was because of the people I met while I was there. It was inspiring to witness such widespread intellectual curiosity within a given student body and see such passion for rowing, for Yale and for each other from the athletes on the team."
Quote: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle
Idol(s): None
Porter says: "Quiet and intense, Lily is going to fit right in on our squad. She has the fire within which is always good to coach. "

Jessica Michaels
5-2
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand 
School: Phillips Exeter Academy 
HS Coach: Sally Morris 
Major: Cognitive science 
Why Yale? "I chose Yale for the culture, academics and athletics. It is the best environment for me to explore and pursue my passions both in the classroom and on the water." 
Quote: "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough." ― Mario Andretti
Idol(s): My parents 
Porter says: "We look for Jess to hit the ground running. We have had some great drivers come through here and she knows the expectations. She is up to the task. It will be fun to run practices with her."

Allison Nordell
6-1
Hometown: Gates Mills, Ohio
School: Hathaway Brown School
HS Coaches: Russ Eckles, Matthew Previtts, Christine Megyesi
Major: Undecided
Why Yale? "Why not Yale."
Quote: I do not have a specific quote that immediately comes to mind. The Nike slogan, "Just Do It" is a great motivational quote, as is "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." (Arthur Ashe) I get motivated by different things every day, whether it is the sun on my face, the wind behind me, a good breakfast, a reward later, etc, but not really by any one specific quote. 
Idol(s): I don't really idolize anyone. I certainly look up to my parents and hope to accomplish half of what they have when I am older; I look up to my grandmother and am humbled by her patience and perseverance. 
Porter says: "Allison is a great natural athlete.  I expect her to excel at Yale. She has all the tools for success, I already got a glimpse of her at our camp and cannot wait to get her going at Yale."

Julia Sessler
6-1
Hometown: Bronxville, NY
School: Riverdale Country School
HS Coach: Guy Monseair
Major: Undecided
Why Yale? "Even though it was only an hour away, I didn't really know much about Yale and wasn't all that interested when my parents insisted that I go and check it out. In a weird way, I didn't want to like it, but when I spent time at Yale talking to students, coaches, and professors I found a community that I immediately felt a part of and a place in which I would thrive at. I chose Yale because it was simply the finest institution that combined high quality academics and rowing."
Quote: "Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best"
Idol(s): My brother
Porter says: "Julia has come on quickly. I expect her to continue to get faster and faster every year at Yale. I think her best strokes are ahead of her. I am excited to help her reach the next level."

Marybeth Swords
6-2
Hometown: Sudbury Mass.
High school: Newton Country Day School
HS Coach: Kate Spelman
Major: Undeclared
Why Yale? "I chose Yale for the great balance between excellent academics and top level athletics.  When I arrived on campus it was clear to me that every student is passionate about what he or she does. I was eager to become a member of the Yale community."
Quote: "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." -Helen Keller
Idol(s): My Aunt Susan
Porter says: "Marybeth is a strong athlete who I expect to have a blast on our team. She will be surrounded by other talented athletes and strong women which will allow her to excel. I can't wait for her to get to New Haven"

Amy Warner
6-1
Hometown: East London, South Africa
School: Clarendon Girls High School
HS Coach: Bill Godfrey
Major: Pre-Med
Why Yale? "Why not Yale? When I was approached with the opportunity to study and row at one of America's best universities I simply had to say yes. The tradition and ethos at Yale is one to be admired. Yale's reputation speaks for itself and the high level of Academics and Rowing drew me in. The support and enthusiasm I received from everyone including the coaches and girls made the decision even easier.
Quote: "Progress is the biggest motivator and a bad session is better than no session at all."
Idol(s): Ignoring the total cheese but my biggest idols are my mom and dad. My dad does what he loves and loves what he does. He works hard every day to support my dream. My mom has taught me to embrace life to the fullest and inspires me every day. She is the strongest woman I know and stands up for everything she believes in with no reservations.
Porter says: "Amy is a determined athlete and a strong boatmover. She has excelled in the 1x. I am excited for her to join our team.  I look forward to coaching her.

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