NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Since graduating last May, former Yale heavyweight crew captain Tom Dethlefs '12 (Lawrenceville, N.J.) has wasted no time advancing his rowing career. Dethlefs rowed in the U.S. eight that won a gold medal at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships last July, and rowed as part of the U.S. Senior National Team entry in the championship eight at the 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta in October. Now in his first race representing the U.S. at the international level, Dethlefs will race with the U.S. men's eight at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup from Mar. 22-24 at the Sydney International Regatta Center in Penrith, Australia.
The lineups for this first World Cup were announced last month, but Dethlefs was not on the original list. On Mar. 6 it was announced that Dethlefs would replace London 2012 Olympian Ross James in the lineup of the eight.
In total the U.S. roster of 22 athletes includes 13 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team.
As of Mar. 12, Dethlefs is listed as six seat of the U.S. crew. The full lineup from bow to coxswain is: Grant James (Dekalb, Ill.), David Banks (Potomac, Md.), Nareg Guregian (North Hills, Calif.), Brandon Shald (Sausalito, Calif.), Stephen Kasprzyk (Cinnamonson, N.J.), Dethlefs, Thomas Peszek (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Michael Gennarro (Havertown, Pa.) and Stephen Young Jr. (Tampa, Fla.).
Three other countries have eights entered: Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand. The racing format will be a straight final on Sunday Mar. 24, but with a race for lanes on Friday Mar. 22.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity