Getting to Know Lindsay Clark '11

Jan. 31, 2008

New Haven, CT - On why you chose Yale...
I chose to come to Yale because it seemed to provide the best of both worlds; with unquestionable strength in academics that would allow me to pursue my scholarly endeavors, Yale also had one of the most enticing tennis programs in the country. With experienced and hungry coaches, and a team of girls as close as family, Yale seemed to be the perfect place where I could achieve on the tennis court and in the classroom.

On what other schools you were looking at other than Yale...
I was looking at Harvard and Princeton but after my visit to Yale, where I had the opportunity to meet the team, experience daily life at Yale, and understand the academic possibilities, the decision was not a difficult one.

Your favorite part(s) of the tennis program...
I love the team element. After competing for so many years on an individual basis, having teammates to cheer you on during practice and matches is something new but so rewarding.

On playing your first dual match in the Yale uniform...
To admit, I was a bit nervous, but excited at the opportunity I had been waiting so long for. I felt a great sense of pride as I looked down the row of courts and knew every girl on the team was playing her heart out to win for Yale.

On your college tennis goals...
During my four years at Yale I hope to be able to win not only 4 consecutive Ivy League Championships and make it to the NCAA tournament, but help Yale to become a top ranked national program that will continue to dominate college tennis in the future.

On what it means to be a part of the team...
Being a part of the tennis team has been, thus far, one of the greatest experiences of my life. Knowing that you have eight girls that are constantly supporting you and helping you to become a better athlete and person is an opportunity I wish everyone could have. Also, having a coaching staff that looks out for your best interests and is constantly pushing you to achieve your goals is invaluable.

On playing in the Jr. US Open...
Awesome! It had been a dream of mine since I was little to play in the Junior US Open, and to finally achieve it, in front of all my family and friends in the stands, was the best feeling in the world (not to mention eating lunch next to James Blake and Andy Roddick in the players lounge everyday).

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity