Three Rowers Bound for U23 World Championships
Representing Australia and Germany
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Three members of the Yale men's heavyweight crew team will be representing their countries at the 2013 World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria, on July 24-28. Junior Simon Keenan will row for Australia while sophomore Hubert Trzybinski and incoming freshman Stephan Riemekasten will represent Germany.
The three Elis are among the 811 athletes from 52 nations that will descend on the Ottensheim international regatta course for the championships. The first heats will kick off July 24, while the finals will be raced on July 27-28.
All three of the Yale rowers have substantial international experience, and will be looking to post strong results over the course of the competition.
This is the third year in a row that Trzybinski will row in the single at the U23 championships: in 2011 at Amsterdam, Netherlands, he took home the championship, while in 2012 at Trakai, Lithuania, he finished second. In addition, he is a two-time gold medalist from the 2008 and 2009 Junior World Championships in the quad and double, respectively.
Fellow German Riemekasten is also a two-time gold medalist at Junior World Championships: in 2010 and 2011 he won in the double and single, respectively. At last year's U23 World Championship, he finished second in the double. He will be racing in the double again this year.
Keenan, meanwhile, will race in Australia's coxed four. Although this will be the first time Keenan has represented Australia at the U23 World Championship, he has rowed in boats that won the Fawley Challenge Cup and the Thames Challenge Cup at the 2010 and 2011 Henley Royal Regattas.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.