Dethlefs Wins Silver Medal at U23 Worlds in Heavyweight Eight

Thomas Dethlefs. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Thomas Dethlefs. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Cole 10th in Heavyweight Quadruple Scull

BREST, Belarus - Rising junior Thomas Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.) won a silver medal with the U.S. heavyweight eight at the Under-23 World Championships this past weekend in Brest, Belarus. Henry Cole '10 also competed at the Championships, and was part of the U.S.' 10th-place finish in the heavyweight quadruple scull. Rising senior Derek Johnson (Hillsborough, Calif.), Yale's captain, was also selected for the 4x but was unable to compete due to an injury.

In Sunday's final, Dethlefs and the U.S. battled Germany the entire way down the course before coming home with the silver medal. The U.S. trailed the Germans by less than one-tenth of a second at the 500-meter mark before taking a 0.45-second lead at the midway point of the race. However, Germany made a big push just after the 1,000-meter mark to grab a two-second lead going into the final 500 meters. Germany crossed the finish line with a time of 5:44.78, with the U.S. finishing in a 5:47.48.

In the quadruple scull, Cole and the U.S. finished fourth in Sunday's B final for a 10th-place finish overall. The U.S. boat got off the line in sixth position before slowly working its way into fourth place as the crews crossed into the final 500 meters. The Americans then held off a strong charge by Germany. Italy won the race in a 6:08.22. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:13.52.

Johnson, Dethlefs and Cole finished the 2010 spring season at Yale rowing No. 7, No. 6 and  No. 5, respectively, in the varsity eight, which reclaimed the Blackwell and Carnegie Cups this year for the first time since 2007. Dethlefs and Johnson will both return to Yale this fall,  along with four other oarsmen from the 2010 varsity eight (rising junior stroke Ben Bowles, rising senior No. 4 Marcos Carzolio, rising senior No. 3 Matthew Ramlow and rising senior bow Alex Mastroyannis).

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity