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Princeton M. Rowing - Lightweight BIO
 Matthew Benstead

At Princeton — 2015: rowed in the bow seat to help the Princeton V8 win bronze at the IRA Championships; it was Princeton’s first IRA V8 medal since 2006 … won bronze at the Eastern Sprints and helped Princeton win the Rowe Cup (team points title) for first time since 2005 … rowed in the Ladies Plate Challenge competition at the Royal Henley Regatta … helped Princeton reclaim the Compton Cup over Harvard for the first time since 2006 … won the Navy-Princeton Rowing Cup, the Childs Cup and the Content Cup as well. 2014: stroked the varsity lightweight eight to a bronze medal at the Eastern Sprints … helped Tigers to fifth-place finish at IRA national championships … helped lead Princeton to a victory at the 2013 Head of the Charles … lone freshman in the varsity eight … led Tigers to reclaim Goldthwait/Vogel Cups during annual H-Y-P regatta … retained Fosburgh Cup and Wood-Hammond Cup.

Before Princeton — rowed in the 2012 and 2013 Junior World Championships in the G.B. JM8+; team earned bronze in 2012 and placed fourth in 2013 … won the eights competition at the 2013 Munich Junior International Regatta; earned silver in pairs and won coxless fourth at the same event in 2012 … won Schools Head of the River in 2013 and won coxless fours in 2012 and 2013 … won G.B. pairs regatta last two years … competed in G.B. vs. France U-16 match in 2011 and won coxless four … also competed in soccer, cross country and tennis … honored as a prefect.

Personal — born May 6, 1995 … son of Mark and Rosalind Benstead … has two older siblings, Jemima and Sam … enjoys listening to music, running and playing soccer … may study Spanish or Russian.

Year: Freshman
Hometown: Twickenham, U.K.
High School: Hampton School