PRINCETON, N.J. – Two Columbia heavyweight rowers, senior Evan Cassidy and first-year Mike Donohue, are two of 29 collegiate rowers that will attend the USRowing 2010 Men's Under 23 National Team Selection Camp this summer, the organization announced recently.
It is the second consecutive year that Cassidy has been invited to the U-23 National Team. In 2009, Cassidy rowed in the men's four with coxswain. He is the captain of the Columbia heavyweights and the stroke of the Columbia varsity eight that reached the Grand Final of the Eastern Sprints and defeated Princeton and Yale in its final race at the IRA National Championships last weekend.
This is Mike Donohue's first invite to the U-23 National Team camp. Donohue was a standout in the freshman eight boat in 2010 as he stroked Columbia to the Grand Final at the Eastern Sprints and a top 12 finish at the IRA National Championships.
The camp will select the men's eight, lightweight four, four and quadruple sculls crews that will compete at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 22-25 in Brest, Belarus. In addition, coaches will select the men's four with coxswain, pair, double sculls and single sculls that will compete at the 2010 USRowing Under 23 World Championships Trials scheduled for June 22-25 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The winners of these trials also will earn the right to compete in Brest.
The camp for the eight and four will be held in Oakland, Calif., while the camp for the quad and lightweight four will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla. Athletes will then travel to Chula Vista, Calif. on June 18 to prepare for the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.