Harvard Lights at Elite Nationals: Six Medals, Four Gold
WEST WINDSOR, N.J.—Former Harvard lightweight crew captain Will Newell ’11 earned three gold medals in a three-hour span at the USRowing National Championships, leading a group of Crimson lightweights that totaled four gold- and two bronze-medal performances.
Rising sophomore Andrew Campbell captured a gold medal of his own and added a bronze alongside Harvard teammate Austin Meyer at the elite national meet. Juniors Matt O’Leary, Erich Schultze and Alex Newell and sophomore Michael Wales won bronze in the open quad.
Newell, racing for the USRowing Training Center – Oklahoma City, won gold in the lightweight pair, open four and open eight during his busy final day of competition. He started by winning in the bow seat of the pair, contributing to a time of 6:45.28 that was 4.7 seconds faster than second-place Riverside.
Barely after an hour after his first win, stroke Newell and his U.S. openweight teammates posted a winning time of 6:13.19 in the four, more than three seconds ahead of the field, which was led by another U.S. boat. The final event of the regatta came less than two hours later, and six-seat Newell’s crew, consisting of the first- and second-place open fours, topped the Australian/USRowing Training Center eight by just one-fiftieth of a second in 5:44.72.
Campbell, racing for Cambridge Boat Club, was more than two seconds faster than the final field in the lightweight single scull. He finished the 2,000-meter course in 7:33.95. He stroked alongside Meyer in a composite double representing Cambridge Boat Club and the USRowing Training Center – Oklahoma City. Their third-place time of 6:33.48 was barely one-fifth of a second off the pace of the silver-medal entry and 2.4 seconds behind the winning GMS Rowing double’s time.
O’Leary, Schultze, Wales and Newell, in stroke-to-bow order for Cambridge Boat Club, followed up their win at the U.S. Under 23 World Championships Trials with a third-place showing against open competition. In a tightly packed final field, they finished 1.2 seconds behind the winning boat from Vesper/USRowing and less than a second back of the second-place crew.