Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The U.S. Men's Eight Announced Today by USRowing

Lucerne (Photo: © B. Kitch)
The eight has been named and it's already time to start gearing up for Lucerne, which will determine whether this group gets a shot on the grand stage in London this July. The lineup is a mix of some familiar faces alongside some relative newcomers, and given Mike Teti's track record for success in selection we're very much looking forward to seeing this eight in action. Here's a little background on the oarsmen:

The nine men named to the U.S. men's eight are, from stern to bow, coxswain Zach Vlahos (2010 IRA national champion with Cal Berkeley in the varsity eight, Junior national team 2005-2006, U23 team 2010, throws a mean fastball), Grant James (2008 IRA national champion with Wisconsin in the varsity eight, 2008 U23 world champion in the eight, 2009 and 2011 senior national team member), David Banks (Stanford, Beijing Olympian in the M4-, 2009 and 2010 senior national team member), Steve Kasprzyk (Drexel University, 2007, 2009 senior national team member, 2011 Pan American champion in the men's eight), Jake Cornelius (Stanford, 2006 U23 team, 2007 Xchanging Boat Race champion with Cambridge, 2009-2010 senior national teamer), Brett Newlin (Washington, Henley Winner in the Ladies Plate in 2005, Beijing Olympian in the M4-, senior national team member 2005-2011), Ross James (2008 IRA national champion in the varsity eight with Wisconsin, 2008 U23 world champion in the eight, 2009 and 2011 senior team), Will Miller (Northeastern University, U23 team in 2006, senior team 2009-2011), Giuseppe Lanzone (Washington, IRA national champion in the frosh eight in 2002, Henley Winner in the Ladies Plate in 2003, Beijing Olympian in the M4-, 2006-2011 senior national teamer).

For more, please see the official USRowing press release, now posted to RowingNews.com.

-RR

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