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Princeton Rowing Sends Nine Former Standouts To Senior World Championships

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/15/2014
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Lauren Wilkinson, Ian Silveira, Caroline Lind, Robin Prendes and Heidi Robbins are among the nine...
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Current and future Tiger rowers have already picked up seven medals at World Rowing Championship events this summer. Nine of Princeton’s best former rowers, six of whom won national championships while rowing in the Orange and Black, will try to build on that total when they head to Amsterdam in the final week of August for the 2014 Senior World Championships.

Team USA will carry eight former Princetonians, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind ’06, who will join Heidi Robbins ’13 in the W8+. While Lind (2006) and Robbins (2011) were part of different NCAA champion varsity eights, they teamed together last summer to break the women’s eight world record during the 2013 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.

One Princeton woman who will try to end the dominant run by the American women, who have won the last two gold medals at the Summer Olympics, will be Lauren Wilkinson ’11. An NCAA championship teammate of Robbins in 2011, Wilkinson earned a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics for Canada. She returns to the Canadian W8+ and will look for a golden finish against the Americans when the two meet in one of the most anticipated showdowns on the Bosbaan in Amsterdam.

Two of Lind’s teammates in the historic 2006 NCAA championship eight will also continue their international careers at the Senior World Championships. Gevvie Stone ’07 represented Team USA in the women’s single sculls competition, where she won the B final. She returns in the single sculls, where she will compete in her first international event since the Olympics.

The third member of that boat is Kate Bertko ’06, who won a silver medal in the lightweight double sculls competition at the 2013 Senior World Championships. This year, she will compete in the lightweight singles sculls after winning that event at the U.S. Trials.

Two heavyweight men and two lightweight men will join the five women in Amsterdam later this month, and two of them have Olympic experience. Glenn Ochal ’08 was part of a memorable bronze medalist M4- in London, and he will compete with Charlie Cole in the men’s pair.

Robin Prendes ’11 led the Princeton men’s lightweight rowing team to two national championships (2009, 2010), and he was part of the lightweight men’s four that finished eighth in London. One year after helping the U.S. lightweight four reach its first Senior World Championship final in 13 years, he has returned to that boat this summer and will be hoping for a finish on the medal dock.

Former heavyweight captain Ian Silveira ’12 is also returning to the World Championships. One year after helping the M8+ earn bronze, he will join Alex Karwoski in the men’s double sculls.

Another former Tiger captain, lightweight Tyler Nase ’13, is reuniting with Michael Wales to compete in the lightweight men’s pair. This duo rallied from fourth with 500 meters remaining to win a silver medal at the 2013 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne.

Three current or recent Princeton coaches are also assisting Team USA. After helping the Tigers to a bronze medal at Eastern Sprints last spring, men's lightweight assistant Bill Manning is coaching the men's lightweight eight. Steve Coppola, an assistant with the two-time reigning Ivy League champion open women, has been working with the men's lightweight pair, while Nick D'Antoni, who was part of Greg Hughes' heavyweight staff that guided Princeton to a fourth-place finish in the IRA national championship, is coaching the men's 2x.

GoPrincetonTigers.com will have a full wrap-up following the World Championships, which mark the midway point in the four-year Olympic cycle.

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