May 24, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Christina Person, who helped lead the Yale women's crew varsity eight to the 2008 NCAA championship and 2009 Eastern Sprints and Ivy League titles, is the recipient of the 2009 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. The award was presented at the Class Day exercises on May 24.
The Nellie Pratt Elliot Award goes to the senior woman whose excellence in the field of athletics and in her life at Yale best represents the ideals of sportsmanship and Yale tradition. It is awarded in memory of Nellie Pratt Elliot, who was an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale for 46 years.
Despite graduating on Monday, Person's athletic career at Yale is not quite over. She hopes to lead the Bulldogs to another NCAA crown next weekend on the Cooper River in New Jersey. The 2009 NCAA Championships begin on Friday.
Person, this year's team captain, is in her second year as a member of the varsity eight. In her two years, the Bulldogs were 18-2 in dual races.
This spring as a senior, she helped the varsity eight to an 8-1 record in dual races and a top-five national ranking. Last Sunday, the Bulldogs won the Grand Final at the Eastern Sprints, edging second-place Radcliffe by less than a second. In addition, Yale won the Charles Willing Team Trophy for overall supremacy at Sprints for the second time in Person's tenure. For her efforts she was named to the CRCA New England Region first team.
In her junior year, Person sat in the No. 7 seat in the varsity eight, which won the Grand Final at the NCAA Championships and finished No. 1 in the final CRCA-USRowing national poll.
Person came to Yale as a swimmer but joined the crew team her sophomore year. She earned a spot in the second varsity eight, which won a bronze medal at the Eastern Sprints, helping the Bulldogs capture the Willing Trophy.
Person spent part of the summer before her senior year at Yale at the Officers Candidates School of the United States Marines Corps. She plans to join the marines following graduation.
At Yale, she is a member of Saybrook College and is a Modern Middle Eastern Studies major. Person came to Yale from Turpin High School in Cincinnati but also spent parts of her childhood in Louisiana and Texas.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity