July 11, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A pair of former Yale rowers are gearing up to represent the United States in world championships later this month. Alexander Rothmeier '08, who helped Yale's lightweight varsity eight to a third-place finish at the IRA Championships this spring, will compete in the lightweight men's pair at the 2008 FISA World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships scheduled for July 22-27 in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. Charlie Cole '07, who helped the Yale heavyweight varsity eight to a victory over Harvard as a senior, will sit in the U.S. men's eight that will row at the 2008 FISA Under 23 Championship scheduled for July 17-20 in Brandenburg, Germany.
"It is a great honor to be representing my country at one of the highest stages in the sport of rowing," Rothmeier said. "It is truly an international event and I am looking forward to not only the racing, but also the atmosphere that accompanies an event like this and meeting people from all around the world."
Rothmeier will be paired with fellow Ivy Leaguer John Nichols, a 2001 Dartmouth graduate. Rothmeier has considerable USRowing experience. He won a silver medal in the lightweight men's four at the 2005 National Championships and also won a silver in the men's junior eight at the 2003 National Championships.
"It is going to be a very competitive event, and I am looking to gain as much experience and knowledge from the event in order to continue to improve myself in hopes of making future senior teams," Rothmeier said. "While it is always a great honor to make the team, the goal for me of this world championships and this summer is development and improvement for the future."
Cole also has a long history of competing in USRowing events. He finished 14th in the men's quadruple sculls at the 2006 FISA Under 23 World Championships and placed fifth in the men's eight at the 2004 FISA Junior World Championships.