April 21, 2006
Yale Head Coach Will Porter is pleased to announce that the Class of 2010 is complete with the addition of Tess Gerrand and Maren McCrea. Both are outstanding oarswomen and will bring to Yale a fantastic work ethic and tremendous racing experience.
"These women, along with the eight other previously announced athletes, will be a part of one of the biggest, strongest, most exciting freshmen classes that the Yale Women's Crew has ever seen," Porter said. "The Class of 2010, including Gerrand and McCrea, will bring horsepower and racing savvy which will be integral to our team success over the next four years."
Here is a closer look at these two rowers:
Tess Gerrand, 6-1, New South Wales, Australia
Gerrand alternated her rowing between her hometown Manning River Rowing Club and the Pymble Ladies College for her final two years of school. At Pymble, she won numerous awards and won the prestigious Head of the River two years in a row in the schoolgirl eight. She has won two gold medals in the Australian National Schoolgirl Eights, two gold medals in the Australian National Double Scull, one gold in the U17 Australian National Single Scull and most recently won the U19 Australian National Single Scull as well as earning a bronze in the U19 Double Scull. She is currently training to represent Australia at the Junior Worlds in a sculling event.
Academic interest: Economics
Other sports: Basketball
Quote: "Pain is temporary, pride lasts forever" "Go hard or go home"
Quoting Coach Porter: "Tess is a very talented athlete and we look forward to her continued development in our program!"
Maren McCrea, 6-0, Larkspur, CA
McCrea attends Redwood High School. She rows for the Marin Rowing Association where she has been in the varsity boat for three years. She has won gold medals in the eight at the San Diego crew classic, Windermere Cup Opening Day and Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic. She has collected silver in the eight at Southwest Regional Championships and the Youth Invitational (Junior National Championships). McCrea has been invited to the US Junior National Team Selection camp where she will be competing for a spot on the team that will represent to the USA at the Junior World Championships in Amsterdam in August.
Academic interests: Literature, pyschology, political science and communications.
Idol: Sandy Armstrong, current rowing coach
Quote: "No regrets" "No Chain" (adapted from Lance Armstrong's book)
Quoting Coach Porter: "Maren comes from a strong rowing tradition; her brother is a standout rower, and she competes for a highly regarded program in California. I have no doubt that both of these influences will allow her to be a tremendously successful varsity rower at Yale."