Harvard Lightweight Rowers Qualify for U23 Worlds

WEST WINDSOR, N.J.—Five members of the Harvard lightweight crew have earned the right to represent the United States at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 21-24 in Amsterdam with wins at the U.S. U23 World Championships Trials on Mercer Lake.

Rising sophomore Andrew Campbell made the U.S. team in the single scull, while the quad of Matt O'Leary, Erich Schultze, Michael Wales and Alex Newell also won their event to qualify. Both boats, racing for the Cambridge Boat Club, are coached by Harvard lightweight freshman coach Linda Muri.

Rising sophomore Andrew Campbell easily won the final of the lightweight men's single sculls. He finished more than 20 seconds ahead of New York Athletic Club's Frank Petrucci in both Tuesday's time trial and Wednesday's final. Campbell took an early and commanding lead in the final and posted a time of 6:55.46 to Petrucci's 7:15.93.

The plan for Campbell was to go for time based on training and conditions, and he followed through with a time that would have broken the U23 world record on a Class A course. On Tuesday, Campbell qualified for the final by winning the time trial in 7:03.47. The top four scullers from the time trial advanced to the final.

The quad came in second in its time trial Tuesday, but with only two crews entered, both automatically advanced to the final.  This gave the oarsmen an opportunity to work on their start and sprint while not emptying the tank.  Wedsnesday's plan for the quad was also to go for time, and they pulled a 6:05.84, besting the Maritime/Saugatuck entry by nearly 16 seconds.

This is Campbell's third selection to a U.S. team.  In 2009, he raced in the lightweight double at the U23 World Championships.  Last summer, he placed third in the single at the Junior World Championships, becoming the first U.S. medalist since 1967 in that event. Erich Schultze represented the United States in the lightweight quad in last year's U23 regatta, and Wales rowed in at the Junior World Championships in the men's quad.

Newell and O'Leary are on their first U.S. teams.