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Von Der Schulenburg Elected Captain; Team Awards Announced

Donna Knight photo
Donna Knight photo

Four Bulldogs Honored

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Ella von der Schulenburg, who sat in the No. 3 seat of the varsity eight that was the eighth fastest in the nation this spring, will serve as the captain of the 2019-20 Yale women's crew.

"I am very excited about being elected captain," said von der Schulenburg, a Zurich, Switzerland native. "We have had the most amazing team atmosphere this year, so it means a lot to me that all my favorite people on earth have faith in me. Our senior class is very strong, so I am looking forward to seeing how we're going to lead as a class next year."

Von der Schulenburg, who started rowing at age 12 and has raced for the Swiss national team, brings a wealth of experience to the role, and is excited for the opportunity.

"I have rowed for a long time, in various settings, but I have never had as much fun and been as passionate about rowing as at Yale," she said. "Our coaching staff is amazing, the boathouse and the facilities are beautiful, and our team atmosphere is phenomenal. We have a large, international incoming class. Having lived outside of the U.S. for most of my life, I can relate to them well. I think I am good at recognizing individuals' strengths, so I hope to be able to bring out the best in people, to help push our program to the next level."

Von der Schulenburg hopes to add to her experience this summer. She is currently training for the Swiss national team trials with the hope of earning a spot in the U23 World Championships at the end of July.

In addition to the naming of the captain, the teams awards also were announced. Arwen Neski was the recipient of the Anne Warner Award. The Nate Case Award was presented to Sera Bulbul. Victoire Lienau received the Jenny Kiesling Award, and Margaret Hedeman earned the Chris Ernst Award.

It was another highly successful season for the Bulldogs, who finished eighth at the NCAA Championship. It was the 15th top-10 finish in the last 18 years for Yale.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity