June 23, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Christina Person, a rising senior, is spending the first part of her summer break at the Officer Candidates School of the United States Marine Corps. When she returns to Yale next fall, she will have an opportunity to use the leadership skills she is learning as the captain of the women's crew team. Person was elected following a team vote earlier in the spring.
"I am learning a level of discipline that I never knew existed," Person said of her experience at OCS. "My sergeant instructors drill into my head the principles and traits of leadership, and I intend to bring these lessons back to the team."
Person was in the No. 7 seat of Yale's varsity eight that won the NCAA title on June 1. As a sophomore, she was in the second varsity that won a bronze medal at the Eastern Sprints.
"I had never rowed before the spring of my freshman year, but when I walked onto the team, the coaches and rowers embraced me and put me on the fast track to success," Person said. "My accomplishments are a testament to the cohesiveness of my team and a pinch of hard work."
Said Yale head coach Will Porter, "Christina has emerged as a leader of our team. When she returns from OCS, I expect her to be older, wiser and ready to go. She will have the distinct challenge of leading one of our largest teams toward the common goal of making Yale women's crew fast and a fun place to be."
The Bulldogs are scheduled to open up the 2008-09 season on October 4 by hosting the Head of the Housatonic regatta at the Gilder Boathouse.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity