Harvard Oarsmen to Head to 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships

Harvard Oarsmen to Head to 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships

PRINCETON, N.J. – Eleven (11) Harvard oarsmen and lightweight crew assistant coach Linda Muri will head to Varese, Italy from July 23-27 for the 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, the World Rowing Federation, FISA, announced. 

Making their fourth appearance on their respective U23 teams, Nicolai Astrup-Wiik '15 and Andrew Campbell '14 will both be racing in the lightweight men's single sculls. Astrup-Wiik will compete for Norway after racing the last two years in the lightweight double sculls. Campbell, who won the single sculls event a year ago, will be competing for the U.S.

Muri will be coaching both Campbell in the BLM1x, but also Chris Wales '17 in the double sculls. Wales will partner with Matthew Maddamma of Vesper Boat Club.

Juri-Mikk Udam '17 will be in a single, representing Estonia.

Also racing for the U.S. will be Alexander Bonorris '15, racing with the lightweight men's four. On the heavyweight side, Chase Buchholz '17 will represent the red, white and blue in the coxless four.

Two Crimson lightweight athletes – Lucas Farewell '16 and Samuel Frum '16 – will represent Canada in the men's lightweight four event.

Harvard heavyweight rowers James Medway '15 and Charlie Risbey '15 will both compete with the Australian men's eight. James Johnston '17 will be competing with the Great Britain 8+. 

A large turnout of 800 of the best under-23 rowers in the world, covering 51 nations, will race in Varese. The single sculling boat classes have attracted the biggest fields among both the men and the women. The men's single has 30 scullers and the women's has 22 scullers. The lightweight men's single sculls also has a huge turnout of 25 entries, while the lightweight women's single has 21 entries.