Class of 2009 Announced

Will Porter.

Jan. 18, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale women's crew coach Will Porter is pleased to announce the Class of 2009.

"This is a solid group on paper," Porter said. "I am excited that they have chosen Yale from the other options they had available to them. Many of them were offered scholarships to other universities but they picked Yale, and that speaks to the unique opportunity here, great academics and great rowing. Each one of these athletes should have an impact on our program. I look forward to working with all of them."

All 11 athletes were admitted to Yale through early action and all have matriculated to Yale. Of the 11, three are from private schools while eight attended public high schools. Three are from the West Coast, while seven are from the East and a lone representative comes from the Midwest. They will be joining a core group of athletes at Yale who strive annually to continue the team's success at the NCAA Championship.

Berkley Adrio, 5-1, Clayton HS, MO

As a competitive equestrian rider for eight years, Berkley has plenty of experience in directing horses which provides a natural progression to steering eight horses in a boat. Berkley has coxed at the St. Louis Rowing Club for four years. Most recently, she finished third in the Youth 4 at the 2004 Head of the Ohio. Berkley is a natural leader with strong communication skills and will fit right in at Yale. Her hometown is Clayton, MO.

Caroline Berson, 5-9, McLean HS, VA

Caroline is one of the most accomplished junior single scullers in the country. In 2003 she won the gold in the 1x at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championship as well as the youth single at the Head of the Charles. In 2004 she finished third in a closely contested USA Junior National Team 1x trials. Caroline is an intense competitor with great rowing skills who already trains at a very high level. Caroline lives in Falls Church, VA.

Shaughnessy Costigan, 5-11, Holy Names Academy. WA

Shaughnessy is a four-year member of the Holy Names Rowing Team that most recently won the high school division of the Youth Eight event at the 2004 Head of the Charles. She comes to Yale as the first freshman to make the varsity eight of the highly competitive HNA team. Shaughnessy lives in the West Coast, hot bed of rowing Seattle, WA.

Cara Dermody, 5-8, Winchester Thurston School, PA

Cara is a two-time member of the USA Junior National Team. In both 2003 and 2004 she competed in the 2x which finished 12th and 15th respectively at the Junior World Championships. She has won the US Rowing National Championship three times. She hails from Oakmont, PA, where she is a member of Steel City Rowing Club and is a co-captain of her high school team. Cara's sculling background and international experience will be a huge addition.

Christine Glandorf, 5-10, Boston Latin School, MA

Christine is a member of Community Rowing Inc (CRI) Crew in Boston. She is part of the varsity boat that won the 2004 Youth Eight event at the Head of the Charles, the Junior Eight event at the 2004 Canadian Henley and finished third at the USA Jr. Nationals. She is currently a co-captain at CRI with her sister for the upcoming season. Before Christine came to rowing she was an accomplished soccer player and runner.

Lee Glandorf, 5-9, Boston Latin School, MA

Lee is also a member of the highly competitive CRI team out of Boston. She, and her twin sister Christine, were members of the varsity boat that won just about every race in 2004. Highlights of those wins were: the Youth Eight at the Head of the Charles and the Junior Eight at Canadian Henley. Lee was also a captain of her indoor track team, and shares co-captain honors with her sister at CRI. She, too, was an accomplished soccer player before coming to rowing. Lee and Christine live in Boston, MA.

Lilah Hume, 5-10, Groton School, MA

Lilah joins the Class of 2009 after a year off. Originally admitted to Yale in 2004 Lilah deferred her admittance for a year. In her time off she has completed a NOLS course in Patagonia and is currently studying abroad in Italy. At Groton she was a three- sport athlete competing in crew, cross country and basketball. In 2004, her boat won the New England Independent Rowing Association championships. Lilah attended the 2003 USA Junior Selection Camp. Her hometown is San Francisco, CA

Katie Kazimer, 5-8, W.T. Woodson HS, VA

Katie was a member of the 2004 USA Junior National Team Development squad that represented the USA at the CanAmex Regatta in Montreal, Canada. She competed in the 1x, 2x and 4x. Her other accomplishments include winning the 1x at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Regatta in 2004. Katie is a member of the Northern Virginia Rowing Club as well as a captain of her high school team. She will bring a fantastic work ethic and quiet determination to Yale. Katie lives in Fairfax Station, VA.

Emily Matykiewicz, 5-10, Olympia HS, FL

Emily was a member of the 2004 USA Junior National Team, which competed in Banyoles, Spain. She rowed the bow seat in the 4- which finished fourth, ahead of Romania and Great Britain. Her international experience, combined with her intense competitive drive will be a great asset to Yale. Emily is from Windermere, Fl.

Rebecca Nadal, 5-9, Palos Verdes Peninsula HS, CA

Rebecca is currently co-captain of Long Beach Junior Crew, where she is teammates with another incoming freshman, Karri Weisenthal. Rebecca was a part of the 2002 undefeated crew that included wins at the prestigious Brentwood Regatta and the Southwest Junior Rowing Championships in the 4x. At Yale, Rebecca will play an integral role over the next four years. She hails from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Karri Weisenthal, 5-10, Marina HS, CA

Karri comes to Yale from Huntington Beach, CA, where she was a 13-year competitive swimmer. She was MVP of her high school swim team, a CIF finalist as well as a Sunset League Champion. Karri is also a champion in the National Junior Lifesaving Competition run-swim-run and swim relay categories. She is a member of Long Beach Junior Crew where she is competing in her first full season of rowing.