RACICE, Czech Republic – Yale heavyweight crew's extensive connections to US Rowing continue with the incoming class. Freshman Zach Johnson (Marin, Calif.) just stroked the U.S. men's 8+ to a gold medal at the 2010 Junior World Championships. The U.S. was third at the 500-meter mark but surged ahead at the 1,000-meter mark, then held off Germany by .65 seconds for the win.
Johnson, a graduate of Redwood High School in California, rowed for Marin Rowing Association and stroked their varsity to a silver medal at the USRowing Youth Nationals in Cincinnati last June. He won the men's junior A eight at the 2010 San Diego Crew Classic and finished fifth in the men's varsity eight at the 2009 USRowing Youth National Championships.
Johnson received Marin Rowing's "Most Improved" award and is a member of the Redwood High School Honor Society. His father, Steve, rowed for Cal-Berkeley.
Johnson's medal adds to an impressive summer for Yale rowers in international competition, as rising junior Thomas Dethlefs (Lawrenceville. N.J.) won a silver medal with the U.S. heavyweight eight and Henry Cole '10 (New Canaan, Conn.) was part of the U.S.' 10th-place finish in the heavyweight quadruple scull at the Under-23 World Championships last month. Rising senior Derek Johnson (Hillsborough, Calif.), Yale's captain, was also selected for the 4x for the Under-23 World Championships. but was unable to compete due to an injury. Additionally, Charlie Cole '07 (New Canaan, Conn.) finished 10th overall in the men's pair competition at the World Cup last month.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity