Leeming, Weiss Take Silver at U23 World Championships; Gerlak Earns Bronze in 4-

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Hunter Leeming (Sarasota, Fla.) and Anders Weiss (Barrington, R.I.), rising juniors on the Brown men's crew team, helped the United States win a silver medal at the U23 World Rowing Championship over the weekend in Linz, Austria. The Brown duo rowed in the heavyweight eight, while rising senior Morgan Gerlak (Baltimore, Md.) earned a bronze medal in the straight four.

On Sunday, Leeming and Weiss helped the heavyweight eight finish runner-up in a time of 5:31.79, just behind New Zealand with a winning time of 5:28.63. Poland crossed third in a time of 5:33.16. The young crew, led by Brown head coach Paul Cooke, finished third in its heat and then won its repechage to move on to the final.

Gerlak helped the straight four boat finish third overall in the finals on Saturday with a time of 6:03.8. Romania claimed first place at 5:58.7 and Australia finished runner-up in a time of 6:01.1.

Leeming, Weiss and Gerlak were Second Team All-Ivy selections this past spring and rowed in Brown's varsity eight boat that finished second at EARC Sprints and third at the IRA National Championships.

The spots for the eight and four boats were determined at the under-23 selection camp, where 20 of the top collegiate rowers in the country gathered to train under Cooke out of Brown's Marston Boathouse during the final three weeks of June.

U23 A Final 8+
1. New Zealand 5:28.63
2. USA 5:31.79
3. Poland 5:33.16
4. Spain 5:34.89
5. Great Britain 5:35.28
6. Germany 5:38.72 

U23 A Final 4-
1. Romania 5:58.7
2. Australia 6:01.1
3. USA 6:03.8
4. Italy 6:06.2
5. Turkey 6:06.8
6. Germany 6:12.0