Ten Princeton rowers will compete at the 2014 U-23 World Championships, held July 21-27 in Varese, Italy. The Tigers represent four different nations and three Princeton programs, including five members of the heavyweight eight that placed fourth at the IRA national championships, and four from the open team that knocked off top-ranked Brown en route to a second straight Ivy League championship.
Both James Hamp and Timothy Masters are returning to the U-23 World Championships after earning silver medals last year, and they are being joined by teammates Martin Barakso, Tom George and Patrick Konttinen. The open women will send four members of its Ivy champion varsity eight, Margaret Bertasi, Georgie Howe Erin Reelick and Meghan Wheeler, while the Sprints medalist lightweight men will send Cameron Howie to the Canadian national team.
The men’s eight grand final could have a distinctly Princeton feel depending on the six boats that qualify. Hamp helped lead the U.S. M8+ to a silver medal last year, and he will be joined in the boat by Konttinen for the upcoming championships. Masters won a silver medal in the M4- for Australia, and he will move to the M8+ this year. A third finalist in the event could be George, who will compete for the Great Britain M8+.
Barakso will compete for Canada in the M4+ competition.
All five of those heavyweights will return to Princeton next season in hopes of helping the Tigers improve on their best IRA finish (fourth) since 2006.
The quartet of Bertasi, Howe, Reelick and Weeler helped Princeton win the 2014 Ivy League championship over Brown, the nation’s top-ranked team entering the event. Now they will try to earn another medal this month. Reelick will actually compete for a pair of them, as she will race in both the U.S. W8+ and the W4-. Wheeler will compete for the U.S. W4+, while Bertasi will compete in the 2x.
Howe, the lone freshman in the Ivy champion varsity eight, will hope to face Reelick, the lone freshman in the 2013 Ivy champion varsity eight, in the 4- grand final. Howe joins Masters as part of the Australian national team, and she will race in the straight four.
Howie, who helped the lightweights to a bronze medal at the Eastern Sprints this past spring, will row for the Canadian ML4- in Varese.
Check back with GoPrincetonTigers.com following the U-23 competition for a full recap.