Brown Rowers Compete Internationally

July 14, 2008

Providence, RI - Three Brown oarsman recently raced at Trials for the U.S. Rowing team. Ben Harrison '07, raced in the coxed pair trials, defeated crews from Vesper, Penn AC and US Rowing to earn the chance to represent the United State at the World Championships in Austria next month. More than 950 athletes will take part in the World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships in Linz/Ottensheim, Austria, from July 22 though July 27. Hailing from 55 countries, the athletes will race in more than 300 boats. With 2008 being an Olympic year, the World Rowing Championships offers non-Olympic boat classes only and is combined with the World Rowing Junior Championships.

In the trials for the 2008 World Rowing Under 23 U.S. team, two Brown oarsman competed successfully and will head to Brandenberg, Germany for the U-23 World Championships from July 17-20. Colin Keogh '08 will be racing in the straight four and Matt Wheeler '09 will race in the coxed four. Keogh and Wheeler both raced in the varsity eight boat last season for the Bears, and earned First Team All-Ivy honors after earning the Eastern Sprints Title. Both helped Bruno to its best finish at the Sprints in eight years, and were second in the running for the Rowe Cup, being just one point behind Wisconsin.