Yale Earns NCAA Bid For Fourth Straight Year

May 17, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale women's crew has been selected to participate in the NCAA Team Championships on May 27-29 at the CSUS Aquatic Center in Sacramento, Calif. The Bulldogs, who earned an invitation to the team championships for the fourth straight year, will field two boats of eight rowers each and one boat of four rowers.

"We are excited to get back to Sacramento and to see how we match up with the best teams in the country," said Yale coach Will Porter. "Our plan is to do the best we can and to enjoy the intensity of the event. We never look to beat other teams. We are all about going fast and having fun, in that order."

The Bulldogs are making their fifth appearance in the team championships. Last spring, on the same course as this year's event, Yale finished second with 58 points, the best finish in school history. Brown is the defending champion.

Yale's varsity eight is coming off a victory at the Eastern Sprints on May 15. The Bulldogs were ranked sixth in the May 11 CRCA/USRowing poll and were 11-1 overall in the regular season.

In the varsity boat for Yale are seniors Charlotte Taft (No. 8 seat), Claire Norsetter (No. 5) and Amanda Kendrick (No. 4); juniors Jane Moore (No. 7), Maria Stevens (No. 6) and Joanna Hess (No. 2) and sophomores Christine Geiser (No. 3) and Rachel Jeffers (No. 1). The cox is senior Jehan Budak.

Yale's second varsity finished second at Eastern Sprints and was 9-1 in the regular season. In the boat are seniors Dinah Dimalanta (No. 7), Catherine Wassenaar (No. 4), Mary Kate Sullivan (No. 3) and Elizabeth Stowers (No. 2); junior Alexandra Moser (No. 8); sophomore Julie Andress (No. 1) and freshmen Jamie Redman (No.6) and Milica Vujovic (No. 5). The cox is sophomore Emily Cleveland.

The third varsity four of senior Jolanta Golanowska (No. 3), junior Katie Curran (No. 4) and freshmen Suzanne Salgado (No. 2), Margaret Sullivan (No. 1) and Erin Haber (cox) also finished second at Eastern Sprints.

The following teams join Yale in the field: Brown, California, Radcliffe, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, USC, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Four at-large varsity eights also were selected: Tennessee, Stanford, Syracuse and UCLA.