PLOVDIV, Bulgaria – With the chance to represent their home countries this past week, seven Harvard heavyweight rowers, two Radcliffe lightweight rowers and one Radcliffe heavyweight rowers traveled to Plovdiv, Bulgaria for the 2017 World Rowing Under-23 Championships.
Junior Sam Meijer won the double sculls for Great Britain with a stellar come from behind win, Sam helped the British sprint through from fourth at the halfway point to beat the French at the championships. This is his second world championship, as he won the Junior World Championship in the quad in 2015. Meijer has raced on the Harvard JV boat the past two years, winning the national championship in 2016.
Junior Arthur Doyle and sophomore David Ambler earned bronze for Great Britain in the men's eight. Both Doyle and Ambler were the bow pair this year for the British. The British team defeated the United States, Germany and Ukraine in the final. Doyle also raced for the Great Britain varsity eight last year. Doyle and Ambler were consistent members of the varsity eight crew, competing at last year's IRA Nationals.
Junior Liam Corrigan and senior Alexander Richards teamed up to compete in the men's pair division. The duo just missed out on a bronze medal, placing fourth against reigning world champions, Serbia. Corrigan, who stroked for the Harvard varsity eight this year, rowed for the 2016 JV national champion while Richards has competed for the varsity team the last three years, sitting fourth this year.
Senior Sam Hardy competed for Australia for the third year in a row in the coxed fours, earning fifth at the championships. Hardy has raced with the varsity and JV at Harvard the last couple of years. Meanwhile, incoming freshman Lucas Clarke '21 represented New Zealand in the eight, winning the B Final to finish seventh overall.
Junior Rafaela Stalph, the lone Radcliffe rower at the championships, raced for Australia in the women's coxless fours, finishing eighth overall. After gaining experience racing on the Radcliffe varsity team, she helped Australia finish sixth in the semi-final and overturned New Zealand, Spain, United States and Czech Republic in the final.
Incoming freshmen Radcliffe lightweight rowers Olivia Farrar and Brigid Kennedy also represented the United States as pair in the women's double. The duo finished fifth in the B final, earning them 11th overall at the championships. They will join a team this September that has won gold in the varsity race at the Eastern Sprints four of the last five years.
Last season, Harvard heavyweight crew captured bronze in the varsity eight at IRA Nationals while Radcliffe excelled at the Eastern Sprints, taking gold in five races.