Six Harvard/Radcliffe Rowers to Represent U.S. at World Championships

Davies (third from right) won a World Rowing Cup gold medal in the eight in Lucerne and will race in the pair in Bled (photo courtesy USRowing).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Four current and former Harvard/Radcliffe student-athletes qualified this week for the U.S. team that will compete at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, joining the two Harvard graduates who had already been named to the U.S. squad that will compete Aug. 28-Sept. 4. The official team roster was announced Friday.

Current Crimson sophomore Andrew Campbell earned a spot on the U.S. team with a win in the men’s lightweight single scull at the U.S. Senior World Championships Trials, which concluded Thursday on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., while Olympic gold medalist Caryn Davies ’05 was part of the trials-winning women’s pair.

Will Newell ’11 and former Crimson teammate Austin Meyer, who is training with USRowing before returning to Harvard for his senior year, were part of the men’s lightweight eight that raced unopposed to officially claim the right to race in Bled. The U.S. men’s and women’s eights were named prior to the trials. Henrik Rummel ’09 and Esther Lofgren ’08-09 will compete in those boats.

Campbell, racing for Cambridge Boat Club, defeated Colorado Rowing’s Greg Ruckman and Undine Barge Club’s Andy Quinn with a time of 7:11.10. Campbell finished more than three seconds ahead of runner-up Ruckman, a two-time Olympian, and will be coached in Slovenia by Harvard lightweight head coach Charley Butt.

Earlier Thursday morning, Davies and Kady Glessner, representing the USRowing Training Center-Princeton, won by 20.5 seconds in 7:34.46. Meyer and Newell were part of the USRowing Training Center-Oklahoma City/Hanover Training Camp entry that had the course to itself while posting a time of 5:57.57.

U.S. World Rowing Championships Roster

U.S. Senior World Championship Trials Recap

U.S. Senior World Championship Trials Finals Results (PDF download)