June 30, 2012
Four Georgetown rowers will represent the United States at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania from July 11th to July 15th. From the Women’s Lightweight Team, Kayla McNeil ’13 will be representing the USA in Lithuania in the Women’s Lightweight Double. From the Men’s Lightweight Team, Philip Oertle ’14 is in the Men’s Lightweight Four, and Jack Devlin ’13 and Chandler Mahaney ’13 are in the Men’s Lightweight Pair.
Kayla tried out for the U23 National Team last year in the LW4X, and although she did not make the team last year, she gained valuable experience, which she believes motivated her to push her self throughout the fall, winter and spring. This summer, Kayla has been training out of Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, PA where she made her way into the prioritized LW2X one week before U23 Trials. After only one week of training with her partner, Kayla found herself leading the race from start to finish earning her a spot on the US team.
“Our race went off without a hitch,” says Kayla, “we held a comfortable lead right off the start and cruised down the course. I am really excited to go to Trakai and not only represent the USA but Georgetown as well.”
Philip has spent his summer training in Princeton, NJ at a USRowing Selection Camp. After two weeks of intense training and competition, Philip earned himself a seat in the Men’s Lightweight Four. This is Philip’s second time on the National Team, as he represented the US in the Men’s Lightweight Pair in 2011 at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia.
Jack and Chandler decided to row a Lightweight Pair in February, and have been training out of Potomac Boat Club with the Elite Sculling Program. At U23 Trials, they won the Men’s Lightweight Pair by over 10 seconds. Jack and Chandler will serve as lightweight team captains in the upcoming academic year, and in addition to the international success they pursue, they hope that this excellent showing for the lightweight team will serve as a launching point for next year’s success. It is also worth noting that half of the 6 men’s lightweight sweep rowers competing at the U23 World Championships will be Hoya Lights.
Check back in the upcoming weeks for information about these Hoyas as they compete at the U23 World Championships.