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Four Incoming Rowers Head to World Rowing Junior Championships

Four Incoming Rowers Head to World Rowing Junior Championships

Representing Australia and USA

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Four incoming freshmen on the Yale men's heavyweight crew team are bound for the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, on Aug. 7-11. Two of the rowers—Robert Hurn and Robin Molen-Grigull—will represent Australia while the other two, Nate Goodman and John Risbergs, will represent the USA.

The four incoming Bulldogs will be among the nearly 800 athletes under 19 years of age from 59 nations that will descend on Lake Galve for the competition, which will serve as the main opportunity for performance-based qualification into the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Hurn, who attended Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane, Australia, will row in the Australian coxed four for the second year. At last year's competition his boat finished in 11th place.

Also making his second appearance at the World Rowing Junior Championships is Goodman, an American who will row in the coxless pair. He attended Montclair High School in Montclair, N.J., and finished in 12th place last year in the coxless pair.

Molen-Grigull and Risbergs, meanwhile, are making their first appearances at the World Rowing Junior Championships. Molen-Grigull, who rowed for Mosman Rowing Club in Sydney, Australia, will represent Australia in the quad. Risbergs, who went to St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, N.Y., is a spare for the US team.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.