May 9, 2014

DeVries and Johnson Named to USRowing’s U23 National Team Selection Camp

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Captain of the heavyweight squad Zachary Johnson and team member David DeVries have both been named to USRowing's Men's Sweep Under-23 National Team Selection Camp.  The camp will take place between June 8 and July 7 at the California Rowing Club in Oakland, Calif., and will be under the direction of coach Luke McGee. 

The purpose of the camp is to bring together the strongest collegiate and recently post-collegiate rowers in the United States in order to form the fastest boats to compete at the U23 World Championships that will happen in late July in Varese, Italy.  The athletes will train vigorously until the coaching staff forms the fastest combinations to row in the M8+ (Men's Coxed Eight) and the M4- (Men's Straight, or Uncoxed Four).  In the words of USRowing; "The Selection Camp process ensures that every athlete in attendance has an opportunity to be selected for the team boats. However, the Selection Camp process, while based on objective racing and performance markers during the camp, also must include subjective team‐related performance assessment. The dynamic of teamwork, leadership, and movement in a team boat requires development and assessment over time."

"I'm excited to have been given the chance to try out for the national team this summer," said Johnson, who has just finished the last exams he will take as a Yale student. "It will be an awesome way to continue our already successful season. If we don't end up going to Henley, I will definitely be going to the camp."

 

DeVries, who has just completed his sophomore year, echoed Johnson's sentiments. "I am excited and honored to have earned an invitation to compete at camp. I look forward to the competition and challenges that it will present as I strive to achieve my goal of representing Yale and the United States at the international level."

 

The full list of invited athletes can be found here.

 

Report filed by Ari Zimmet '16, Yale Sports Publicity.