June 18, 2011

Two Heavyweights Make Australian U23 National Team

Rowing Australia Press Release

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Rising junior Harry Picone (Brisbane, Australia) and rising sophomore Owen Symington (Melbourne, Australia) will travel to Amsterdam next month to compete at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.  The two will race in the coxed four event in a crew made up of Australian rowers who attend American universities.

Picone and Symington have spent the last two weeks rowing and conducting time trials on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.  All Australians living in the U.S. were eligible, but the combination of rowers that was put together in the four had to trial a fast enough time in order for Rowing Australia to be able to send them.  They will be joined in Amsterdam by an eight comprised of rowers still living and competing in Australia.

Racing in the four with Picone and Symington will be Ben Coombs and Sam Collins, two oarsmen from Columbia.  The crew will be coxed by William Raven, who attends the University of Sydney, and coached by Curtis Jordan and Paul McGann.  Training in Princeton will continue until July 10, at which point the crew will leave for the 2011 World Rowing U23 Championships in Amsterdam, to be held on the Bosbaan rowing course from July 21-24.

The Australians should prove to be a very competitive team at this year's U23 World Championships.  In recent years a growing number of Aussies have been disqualified for national team selection because of their status as students at American universities.  But now that they are able to draw from this talent pool in events like the coxed four, the Australians will be able to build on past success.  Again while the Aussies have not raced the coxed four in recent years, last year the straight four (without coxswain) won a bronze medal at U23 Worlds in Brest, Belarus, and was just 0.07 seconds out of second place.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity