Tiger Heavyweights Build On Impressive Season With Eight Talented Recruits
The Princeton heavyweights just sent five of its six returning rowers from a fourth-place V8 finish at the IRA Championships to Varese, where they had significant success at the U23 World Championships. That group alone should create significant excitement about the possibilities in 2015.
Of course, that group won’t be alone.
Head coach Greg Hughes also believes he has brought in another strong group to compries the heavyweight portion of the Class of 2018. One member of his last recruiting class, Tom George, was in the varsity eight that finished third at Sprints and fourth at the IRA Championships. Perhaps one or more of the following will line up for a national championship next spring?
Both the immediate and long-term future of the Princeton heavyweights will be affected by the following group, and Hughes can’t wait to see what is in store.
Hamburg, Germany • Stadtteilschule Winterhude
Before Princeton — won four gold and two silver medals while rowing for his club at the German Championships; won two golds during the 2013 Championships … spent a year at the Brentwood College School in Canada and won silvers in the 8+ and 4x- at the 2012 Canadian Schoolboy Rowing Championships … took third at the 2011 Head of the Charles with current Princeton rower Martin Barakso (JM 2x) … won bronze at both the 2013 U23 World Championships and the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships … placed fourth in the 2012 World Junior Championships.
Personal — born Nov. 23, 1994 … son of Hartmut Bernhard and Gisela Geerts-Bernhard … enjoys soccer, basketball and kayaking … may study engineering.
Lufkin, Texas • Lufkin
Before Princeton — posted some of the top erg results of the recruiting class despite having minimal racing experience; began rowing in March, 2013 … training for six weeks in New Zealand during the summer of 2014 … Vice President of Student Council … National Honor Society President … AP Scholar with Distinction … Golden Anvil Award Recipient (for outstanding service to the community) … National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist.
Personal — born July 18, 1995 … son of Jeff and Rebecca Chance … has a younger sister Caroline … enjoys reading, and is the founder and executive director of Books That Benefit, Inc. a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation that focuses on encouraging underprivileged kids to grow to love reading in order to benefit them academically … may study Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
Dan de Groot
St. Catharines, Canada • Gov. Simcoe Secondary
Before Princeton — won five gold medals at the Canadian high school championships and four gold medals at the Canadian Henley … rowed for both high school and the St. Catharines Rowing Club … competing in the 1x for Canada at the World Junior Rowing Championships and the Youth Olympics this summer … earned Senior Male Athlete of the Year honors.
Personal — born May 1, 1996 … son of Rolf and Lindsey de Groot … has an older brother Dave, who rows for Brock University in Canada … enjoys cycling.
Ross, Calif. • Redwood
Before Princeton — stroked the men’s 8+ at both the 2012 and 2013 Junior World Championships … won the Head of the Charles three straight years (2011-2013) in the 8+ … won two national championships: the 2011 lightweight 8+ and the 2012 M8+ … named Marin Rowing Association MVP in 2011, 2013 and 2014 … class salutatorian.
Personal — born April 22, 1996 … son of Jonathon and Donna Goldman … has an older brother Cooper and a younger sister Sloan … has played the piano for 13 years.
London, Eng. • Tiffin School
Before Princeton — competed at the National Indoor Rowing Championships five straight years; placed first each year since 2011 … set 30-minute U18 record at 9091 meters … served as torchbearer for 2012 London Games … lettered in track and ranked 12th in the 1500 meters in Great Britain … MVP of basketball team and led it to the national quarterfinal … received silver medal in the London mini-Marathon.
Personal — born Dec. 6, 1995 … son of Mark and Wendy Livingstone … has a younger brother Oliver.
Oxford, Eng. • Abingdon School
Before Princeton — won the Coronation Anniversary Regatta at Windsor Castle … won the Royal Henley Regatta and twice set the course record with the Abingdon School … won the 2013 National Schools Regatta in the 4+ and 8+ and set a course record; defended the 8+ title in 2014 … won gold in the 8+ and silver in the 4- at the Home International regatta … also lettered in rugby and field hockey.
Personal — born Feb. 9, 1996 … son of John and Sharon Lord … has an older sister Dominique and an older brother Christopher … enjoys playing rugby … may study engineering.
Washington, D.C. • Gonzaga
Before Princeton — won six gold medals in three years at the either the Stotesbury Regatta or the SRAA/NSRA Nationals; all came in the men’s 8+, and four came as the stroke … placed in the top six three straight years in the Head of the Charles high school 8+ … reached the quarterfinals at Henley in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup … two-year All-Metropolitan Rower by the Washington Post … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — born Dec. 1, 1995 … son of Max and Terryann Toch … has younger twin siblings, Charlie and Maria … eagle scout … enjoys soccer … may study Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil • British School of Rio de Janeiro
Before Princeton — competing in the 4x for Belgium at the 2014 World Junior Championships (though he lives in Rio, he is a Belgian citizen) … won both a state title and a Brazilian national title with the Botafogo Futebol e Regatas Club; rows at the Olympic venue … placed fourth in the quad at the European Junior Championships … took third in the single at the Holland Beker in Amsterdam … placed fifth in the single at the Royal Canadian Henley … rows for the Royal Club Nautique de Sambre et Meuse in Belgium … graduated at the top of his class.
Personal — born Feb. 25, 1996 … son of Olivier and Anne Catherine Wambersie … has an older brother Leopold and a younger sister Geraldine … enjoys the beach, cycling and running … may study engineering.