Brian Wettach '13 Victory Highlights Tiger Five At Henley Royal Regatta
Senior Brian Wettach, who ended his Princeton career by leading the Tiger heavyweights to the 2013 grand finals at both the Eastern Sprints and the IRA Championships, was part of the winning Taurus Boat Club 'A' in The Britannia Challenge Cup (M4+) at the Henley Royal Regatta.
He topped another Tiger alumni in the final. Wettach's boat, which won three races just to reach Sunday's final, took on the Union Boat Club, U.S.A. Brad Werntz '10, who earned All-Ivy League honors during his senior season, was a member of that boat, which started the competition with back-to-back victories of three lengths apiece.
Sunday's final was decided by only one length, but it was the Wettach's Taurus Boat Club 'A' which took the title in 6:54.
A fellow 2010 All-Ivy League honoree, former captain Jack Lindeman '10, raced for Cambridge in The Visitors' Challenge Cup (M4-). After a Thursday win, the boat was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
While those two All-Ivy standouts (Wettach was a 2011 honoree) represent Princeton's strong past, another trio that head coach Greg Hughes hopes is part of a promising present and future also made an impressive run at Henley.
Rising sophomores Martin Barakso, George Bradbury and Fred Vystavel made up three quarters of the Elizabethan Boat Club, which competed in The Wyfold Challenge Cup (M4-). The trio helped Vesta win three impressive races, including a win of more than four lengths over Mitsubishi Boat Club, Japan, on Friday. The trio fell one race short of the final, but it was another good experience for part of the strong Class of 2016.
Both Barakso and Vystavel rowed for the second varsity, while Bradbury competed with the freshman eight, during the Sprints and IRA Championships. The 2V earned silver at Sprints and placed fourth at nationals, while the novice eight reached the petite finals at IRAs.
"I'm really excited for all the Princeton guys who competed at Henley," said head coach Greg Hughes, who coached the 2009 men's lightweights to gold in The Temple Challenge Cup. "Brian and Brad gave so much to this program, and it's great that they both reached the Henley finals. Our three rising sophomores will gain so much from racing at Henley, one of the premier events for our sport."