Current and former members of the Harvard and Radcliffe crews have arrived in Bled, Slovenia to compete at the 2011 World Rowing Championships Aug. 28-Sept. 4 on Lake Bled.
Harvard/Radcliffe athletes will be representing the United States and Canada, two of the 68 nations competing at the regatta, which also serves as the primary qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The six U.S. competitors are joined in Bled by Canada's Malcolm Howard '05, who returns to the men's eight following a stint as the national team's single sculler.
Howard and his Canadian boatmates will begin competition Sunday. Henrik Rummel '09 will be competing in the same event—but in a different heat—with the U.S. men's eight. Both countries will look to earn spots in the semifinals Aug. 31 and the A final Sept. 1.
Fifteen events will get underway with heats Sunday. The first up is the men's lightweight single, where Crimson sophomore Andrew Campbell, coached by Harvard lightweight head coach Charley Butt, will race for the United States in the opening heat. In contrast, fellow lightweights Austin Meyer and Will Newell '11 will take part in the last event to begin competition, the men's lightweight eight. The final for that event is the last of the regatta, on Sept. 4.
Caryn Davies '05 will compete in the women's pair, also beginning Sunday morning with finals coming Sept. 1. Esther Lofgren '08-09 will race in the U.S. women's eight, which is seeking its sixth straight world title.
Many of the Harvard/Radcliffe rowers are World Rowing Championships veterans, while others are new to the competition. Howard is racing in the regatta for the fifth time, having captured a world title in 2007, a year before winning gold with the Canadian eight at the Beijing Olympics.
Davies, also a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, has won world championships as a member of the U.S. women's eight (2002,'06, '07) and four (2003). Lofgren was a part of the winning U.S. eight last year and medaled in the women's four in 2006 and '09. Rummel won gold in the coxed pair in 2009 and finished fifth in the four last summer.
Campbell, Meyer and Newell are all competing at their first World Rowing Championships.