May 1, 2011

Bulldogs Receive High District Honors

Including Rookie of the Year and Runner-up for Sailor of the Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This past week, after the conclusion of the Women's New England Championships last weekend in Maine, the New England Interscholastic Sailing Association (NEISA) announced the 2011 All-NEISA Women's teams.  Every year an awards committee honors the New England district's top sailors by naming them to either the First or Second Skipper or Crew Teams.  In addition, the committee also names a Sailor of the Year, a Sportsman of the Year and a Rookie of the Year.  This year four members of the No. 3 Yale women's sailing team were included on the list of honors.

Sophomore skipper Claire Dennis and freshman skipper Marlena Fauer, Yale's representative skippers at the New England Championships last weekend, were both named to the All-NEISA First Skippers Team.  Sophomore crew Heather May, who is Dennis' regular crew but also sails with the coed team, was named to the First Crews Team.  Finally, sophomore skipper Emily Billing, who has helped lead the Bulldogs to strong finishes at many top intersectional regattas, was named to the All-NEISA Second Skippers Team.  

Not only were Yale sailors given First and Second Team honors, but two of them were also nominated for some of the highest individual awards.  Sophomore Claire Dennis, in addition to her First Team award, was a finalist in the running for the All-NEISA Sailor of the Year.  Really bringing home the hardware for the Bulldogs, though, was freshman Marlena Fauer who was awarded the All-NEISA Rookie of the Year award. 

As the Yale women head into post-season, these awards are nice recognition for the hard work they have been putting in all year.  The names above have been leading the Yale squad throughout both seasons and their all-underclassman status bodes well for the strength of the team in many years to come.  However, it cannot be forgotten that these individuals would never be receiving these honors if not for their many other, unnamed teammates. 

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity