Three Lightweight Rowers Contending for National Team Spots
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
NEW YORK – Three Columbia lightweight rowers are continuing their rowing careers after graduation in May.  Jake Cushnie, Bob Duff, Mike Nucci, all graduates of the class of 2010, are in training camps across the continent this summer, looking to earn a spot on their respective national rowing teams.
Duff is seeking out a spot on the United States senior national team.  Meanwhile, Nucci is competing again for a spot on the United States Under-23 lightweight crew, while Cushnie is taking part in the same camp in his native Canada. 
In May, Duff was one of 14 collegiate rowers to attend the USRowing Men's Pre-Elite Camp, focused on developing athletes for the Senior National Team.  Rowing unaffiliated, Duff recently placed in the top 10 in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. results. 
For the second straight year, Nucci gained an invite to the U-23 national team camp in Oklahoma City at the National High Performance Center, as he is one of a select group of collegiate rowers eyeing a spot on the U-23 national team for the second time.
Both Duff and Nucci are veterans of the U-23 camp, after securing spots on the 2009 U-23 USRowing National Team.  The duo were vital members of the varsity eight boat during the spring racing season.
Cushnie, also a varsity eight standout, competed with the Canadian Under-23 team last season.  On June 12, Cushnie was part of the senior lightweight eight that captured a gold medal rowing for the St. Catharine's crew at the 127th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.