Three Heavyweight Rowers Set to Represent the United States
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK – Three Columbia heavyweights – recent graduate Evan Cassidy, rising sophomore Mike Donohue and incoming first-year Connor Jones – will be a part of Team USA at the upcoming 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Brest, Belarus and at the Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic in August.

Cassidy is selected to the U-23 National Team for the second straight year and will row in the third seat of the heavyweight straight four.  In 2010, Cassidy captained the Columbia heavyweights and sat in the stroke seat of the Columbia varsity eight boat that reached the Grand Final of the Eastern Sprints and defeated Princeton and Yale in its final race at the IRA National Championships.

Donohue is the only rising sophomore to be selected to the men's U-23 team from the selection camp system.  He will be racing in the men's heavyweight quad.  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.

Jones, a member of the incoming class of 2014, was selected to the Junior National Team men's eight which will race at the Junior World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic August 5-8.  Jones recently graduated from New Trier High School and is a product of the US junior development program racing in the top development team eight last summer.

"This is a great opportunity for these three Columbia rowers," stated Mike Zimmer, Head Heavyweight Coach and Director of Rowing. "They have all worked very hard to get to this point and it is an honor for them to represent the USA in international competition.  We are very proud of them and will be rooting for them and the USA over the next several weeks."

Racing begins on Thursday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m. local time with heats in 20 events, while repechages, or second-chance races, and quarterfinals will take place on Friday. Saturday's racing features semifinals in events with more than 12 entries and finals in the women's four, men's four with coxswain, lightweight women's quadruple sculls, women's pair, women's double sculls and women's quadruple sculls. Sunday's racing features finals in the remaining 15 events. The draw for heat and lane assignments will take place on Wednesday, July 21 at 3 p.m. local time.