The Hobart College rowing team completed its most successful season earlier this month, but a pair of Statesmen have set their sights on making the U.S. national team. Rising senior Robert McNamara and rising junior August Wherry will race a lightweight pair at U23 Trails next week for a place on the U.S. U23 National Team.
They will race Monday, June 23 at 9 a.m. If they finish in the top two, they will advance to the semifinals. If not, they will race again on Monday at 6:25 p.m. in the repechage. The top two from the repechage will also make the semifinals.
The semifinals will take place on Tuesday, June 24 at 9 a.m. The top two from each semifinal will advance to a four-boat final.
The final will be held Wednesday, June 25 at 7:45 a.m. The winner will earn a spot on the U.S. U23 National Team and an opportunity to race at the U23 World Championships in Varese, Italy, July 23-27.
The U23 Trails will be webcast live by USRowing, the national governing body, on its YouTube Page.
Results will also be available on Twitter from @USRowing and online at bigresults.herenow.com/web/races/home.html
McNamara and Wherry were both members of Hobart’s varsity eight this season. The Liberty League Crew of the Year was undefeated heading into the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, capturing gold medals at the Knecht Cup, the Liberty League Championships, the New York State Championships, and the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships. The Statesmen 1V was ranked as high as 17th in the USRowing poll and finished the year at No. 19.
McNamara and Wherry are attempting to become just the fifth and sixth Statesmen to represent their country in international competition, following in the footsteps of Rob Desino ’94 (1997 U.S. National Team), Chris Desino ’94 (1997 U.S. National Team), Kent Smack ’97 (2001 U.S. National Team and 2004 U.S. Olympic Team), and Richard Klein ’08 (2006 U23 U.S. National Team and 2007 U23 U.S. National Team).