Yale Rowers Aim for National Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two Yale heavyweight crew alumni, Charlie Cole '07 and Matthew Brown '06, are contending for spots on the 2010 U.S. National Team that will compete in the 2010 World Rowing Championships at New Zealand from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7.

Cole, a member of the national team in 2009, won the pair in the first national selection regatta for 2010. Brown, competing in the single, finished 11th out of 38 at the same event.

Cole, an established figure on the national scene, captured first place in the pair at both 2009 national selection regattas.  As a member of the U.S. National Team, he went on to win the bronze medal at the 2009 Rowing World Cup. He later placed fifth at the 2009 World Rowing Championships.   

Cole joined Yale's program in 2003 from nearby New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Conn. As a part of the U.S. Junior National Team, he claimed the silver medal in the eight at the World Rowing Junior Championships. Cole then moved on to the Under 23 National Team and won gold at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in 2008.

 Brown, who called his 11th place finish “a step in the right direction,” is making his first bid for the U.S. National Team with his eyes set on competing in a World Championships as soon as possible.  A Rocklin, Calif., native, Brown arrived at Yale with less than a year of rowing experience under his belt.

“I am very thankful for my time at Yale,” Brown said in an email. “I always felt that Coach Pescatore saw a lot of potential in me...I was very lucky to have him as a coach.”

Both Cole and Brown will be competing in the second national selection regatta from May 13-15 in West Windsor, N.J.   

Report filed by Miyuki Hino '12