VARESE, Italy- Four heavyweight Yale oarsmen are competing in the 2014 U23 World Championships in Varese, Italy. The regatta will run through July 27 and brings together the best rowers in the world under the age of twenty-three. The annual competition allows national teams to check their speed against each other and provides younger athletes that may eventually reach the Olympic level a chance to experience racing at the international level. The Bulldogs participating in this year's regatta have experienced an incredibly high level of training throughout the summer that will surely follow them into their next year of rowing at Yale.
Representing Australia will be rising senior Simon Keenan, who will be competing in the Men's 8+ event. This will be Keenan's second time at the regatta, having rowed in his country's coxed four during last year's U23 World Championships and finishing fourth.
"We trialed [as a boat] after the Yale-Harvard regatta then spent three weeks training in Hanover," said Keenan. "Since then we've been training hard out of Australia's European training center in Varese. We can't wait to race."
Two Bulldogs will be rowing for the Great Britain squad. Both rising junior Tom Pagel and rising sophomore Ollie Wynne-Griffith will be racing in the GBR Men's 8+. This will be the first time both of these rowers have competed at U23's.
"I'm excited to be in the British 8 this summer.," said Wynne-Griffith. "It's not only an opportunity to get some fast racing experience which will help us next season, but also a chance to represent Yale Crew on the world stage."
Pagel echoed the sense of pride the rowers will feel representing both Yale and their mother country; "It's great to see a lot of Yale oarsmen competing at U23's. We're excited to race against Simon Keenan in the Australian eight and about getting some good summer work in."
Also competing at the regatta are two incoming freshmen who will join the heavyweight squad officially this Fall. Paul Jacquot '18 will row in the French 4+, and it will be his first time representing France on international level. Sholto Carnegie '18 will row in the GBR 4x, having rowed for GBR in the Junior World Championship in the 2x last summer in Lithuania.
Not returning to the championships this year are Germans Stephan Riemekasten and Hubert Trzybinski, who have represented their home country multiple times in the past years.
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