Linz-Ottensheim, Austria – Highlighted by seven medalists, including four from the USA, 14 Harvard and Radcliffe rowers and one coach participated at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships at the Austrian regatta course in Linz-Ottensheim.
Overall, the Crimson won medals for four different countries in both sweep and sculling boats. Harvard represented six nations in 11 different events.
Gold medalists from the USA included Andrew Campbell '15 (LM1x) and Courtney Diekema '13 (W8+). Campbell, coached by Muri, becomes the first American to win gold as a single sculler. Diekema helped the women's eight defend its U23 Championship title, crossing the line in 6:16.81, nearly three seconds ahead of Great Britain.
Vincent Breet '16 paired with David Hunt to lead South Africa to a first-place overall finish, taking a lead from the first 500m and winning by 1.33 seconds.
"While I could not be more proud of Andrew in terms of his effort and contribution to the success of our lightweight team, his results at the international level, and especially this Under-23 World Championship gold medal, are tremendously special to witness and be a part of. It is a real privilege to get to work with him," said Harvard men's lightweight assistant coach Linda Muri.
"That being said, I feel particularly fortunate to be a part of the Harvard rowing community and the strong showing by all of our Harvard and Harvard-Radcliffe athletes who competed in Linz, Austria, whether they won medals or not," Muri continued. "Having this much success at such a high level is a truly testament to the dedication and commitment of all of the rowing coaches here at Harvard who make it possible for these athletes to develop and reach their competitive goals."
Paul Farber '13, Max Meyer-Bosse '15, Thomas Marshall '17 and James Medway '15 all earned silver medals. Farber and Meyer-Bosse both rowed with the USA men's eight squad, storming back from last place at the 500m mark to take second by 1,500 meters.
Marshall helped the GBR quartet finish in 5:59.92, trailing only Italy. Medway and Australia posted a time of 6:01.18 in the M4- to take silver.
"We're thrilled that after such a successful collegiate season, so many of our guys could go on and represent their home countries in international racing," said associate head coach of heavyweight crew Bill Manning. "Harvard has consistently placed athletes onto Senior National Teams and Olympic Teams. We feel some of these athletes will eventually race at this level too."
"The U23 Championships has become a very competitive, large international regatta over the past several years, so we are proud that Harvard and Radcliffe have been so well represented on the U.S. team," said Liz O'Leary, head coach of Radcliffe heavyweight crew. "Lizzy Fitzhenry and Courtney Diekema were both in our NCAA qualifying 1V this past spring and then went on to earn a berth on the U.S. team. Congratulations to both on their terrific accomplishments!"
Jay Ditmarsh '16 just missed a medal finish, taking fourth with the Australia in the coxed fours.
Below are the finishes for all Harvard athletes.
Athlete Country Event Finish
Vincent Breet '16: RSA M2- GOLD
Andrew Campbell '15: USA LM1x GOLD (Coached by Linda Muri)
Courtney Diekema '13: USA W8+ GOLD
Paul Farber '13: USA M8+ SILVER
Max Meyer-Bosse '15: USA M8+ SILVER
Thomas Marshall '17: GBR LM4- SILVER
James Medway '15: AUS M4- SILVER
Jay Ditmarsh '16: AUS M4+ 4th
Matthew Podlesak '17: USA LM4x 6th
William Hakim '14: GBR M4+ 7th (Won B Final)
Elizabeth Fitzhenry '15: USA W2- 10th
Juri Udam '17: EST M4x 11th
Nico Astrup Wiik '15: NOR LM2x 11th
Andrew Holmes '14: GBR M4- DNS