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Tarte Elected 2019-20 Captain

Annie Tarte (Steve Musco photo)
Annie Tarte (Steve Musco photo)

Has Started Every Game In Each Of Last Two Seasons

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Annie Tarte has had the respect of her teammates from the first day she arrived on campus. She was selected as the Barbara Chou Leadership Award recipient after her sophomore season and has started every game at second base for the Bulldogs each of the last two years.

"Even without a formal title, I believe I was a leader in the infield," Tarte says of her first three years.

For her final season at Yale, she will add a title. Tarte was elected as the captain of the 2019-20 Yale softball team on Wednesday during the annual postseason banquet at the Carol Roberts Field House.

"Being elected captain by my teammates is such an honor, and I'm really excited to hold this leadership role," she said. "However, I know that as a senior class, we will collectively lead this team. Personally, I plan to bring my own tenacious personality to the role of captain and hope to inspire my teammates through my own hard work and love for the sport. I want to be a captain that any member of the team can come to when they need support off the field and also look to on the field for inspiration."

Tarte, a Valrico, Fla., native, will have plenty of support in guiding the 2019-20 Bulldogs. She is joined in the Class of 2020 by Olivia Vinyard, Lindsay Kuss, Mary Baumann and Giovy Webb.

Tarte also will benefit from the lessons learned from the previous captains during her tenure.

"In my three years, all of the captains have had very different personalities, and I have taken note of habits from each of them that I try to emulate," she said. "Some of these include: Camille [Weisenbach's] approachability and level-headedness, [Allison] Skinner's love and passion for the game, and Terra [Jerpbak's] care for each player on the team.  I have learned that there are many qualities that make a good leader, and I try to incorporate those into my character."

Tarte, who has appeared in 112 games and tallied 102 hits in her career, will spend the summer in Chicago working at Wilson Sports Good's corporate location in the marketing department.

Then, she will return to New Haven in the fall with one goal in mind.

"I intend to win an Ivy League championship next season and will do everything I can to lead my team to that goal," she said.

Captains Terra Jerpbak & Annie Tarte

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity