Hobart College rising senior Robert McNamara and rising junior August Wherry took first place at the U23 Trials as a lightweight pair on Lake Mercer in Princeton, N.J., this morning, earning a spot on the United States U23 National Team. The pair will race at the U23 World Championships in Varese, Italy, July 23-27.
McNamara and Wherry crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:57.98 to earn a trip to the World Championships. The Statesmen rowers were 13.61 seconds ahead of the second place team.
McNamara and Wherry are 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).
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.
Rising senior Hunter Holtz ’15 and rising sophomore Austin Letorney ’17 also raced at the U23 Trials. They were a part of a four that finished third in its the final.