DERBY, Conn. - While the summer represents a time of transition and preparation for many Yale lightweights, the competition is heating up for two rising seniors, Joseph Hanlon and Matthew O'Donoghue. The two were selected to the US national team and will compete at the U23 World Championships in Austria later this month, after a successful selection camp process.
The two earned spots in the men's lightweight four (4-), the prioritized US boat, after beating out all other starboards at the camp. Completing the line up are Josh Konieczny, a recent graduate of Dartmouth, and Michael Lindberg, a rising senior at Wisconsin. Colin Farrell, a former world champion in the men's lightweight eight and Yale assistant coach from 2009-2012, is coaching the boat for the upcoming regatta. Now assistant coach at Penn, Farrell coached Hanlon and O'Donoghue to an undefeated freshman season in 2011-- a record they look to continue at the next level.
Both rowers enjoyed a successful spring season as members of the Yale first varsity eight, which capped off an 6-1 dual season with silver medals at the Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championships. Both rowers attribute much of their success to their time at Yale.
"The internal competition we face on a daily basis at Yale greatly prepared us for the intensity of selection," said O'Donoghue. "The fact that we have two members of the Yale lightweight team in this boat speaks to the caliber of the coaching staff and the program they have established."
Currently training at the US National Team Training Center in Mercer, N.J., the boat will depart for Austria on July 19th. The regatta will take place at the Linz-Ottensheim race course, in Linz, Austria, from July 24-28. More information, news updates and a race schedule can be found on the FISA website, found here.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity