July 7, 2012

Three Heavyweights to Compete at World Rowing Under 23 Championships

Dethlefs, Lynam and Symington Will Represent Three Different Countries

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three members of the Yale heavyweight crew team, Tom Dethlefs '12, Tom Lynam and Owen Symington, will be racing at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, next week.

Dethlefs returns for his fourth year on the U.S. National Team with three years of experience in the eight under his belt.  The summer before he came to Yale he won a bronze medal in five-seat of the U.S. eight at the 2008 World Rowing Junior Championships in Linz, Austria.  Two years later he stepped up to the U23 team and won a silver medal, this time in six-seat, at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Brest, Belarus.  Last year he brought home a gold medal as six-seat of the eight at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where his crew set a world's best time of 5:24.31 for the men's U23 eight category.  Dethlefs graduated from Yale in May and will return home to Princeton next year to continue rowing.

Symington returns to the Australian U23 squad after competing last year in the four with coxswain.  At the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Amsterdam his boat won the B final to finish seventh overall.  This year the rising junior is racing in the coxless four, and just last week his crew won the Stewards' Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.  His four also teamed up with this year's Australian U23 coxed four to race in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley, and together the composite eight made it to the semifinals.

Lynam will be representing Ireland in his first Under 23 World Championships.  The rising senior from Alexandria, Va., has an Irish passport and is spending the summer training at the Irish National Rowing Centre in Cork, Ireland.  Lynam will be competing in the coxless four, the same event as Symington.  His will be the first Irish heavyweight boat to compete at U23's since 2007.

The 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships will take place from in Trakai, Lithuania, from July 11-15.  Racing will take place on Lake Galve, which was the training ground for athletes from the Soviet Union prior to 1991.  More information on the regatta is available here

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity