Two Explorers Crowned World Indoor Rowing Champions
After dominating the field at the regional qualifying event at Villanova two weeks ago, eight Explorer rowers traveled to Boston last weekend to represent La Salle at the World Indoor Rowing Championships at Boston University's Agannis Arena. Two Explorers were crowned World Champions there. Tim Daly '09 successfully defended his world title in the Coxswain Class from last year by posting a fast 7:07.7 score, leaving the competition from Harvard and Rochester far behind. Tyler Nase '09 posted a blistering 6:30.4 to win the High School Lightweight Under - 23 division. La Salle was the only high school rowing organization to claim victory in multiple events.
In the High School Heavyweight Under - 23 Division, John Redmond '09 placed 9th out of 21 contestants from around the world. In the High School Heavyweight Junior Division, Matt Stewart '09, Nick Shafer '11 and Pat Eble '12 placed 46th, 53rd and 65th respectively out of a field of 190 contestants.
In the High School Junior Lightweight Division, Zack Seigel '10 and Paul Wisniowski '09 placed 11th and 18th respectively out of a field of 168 contestants from around the world.
Said Coach Chris Doyle '69 afterwards. "Our guys work really hard during the winter to get ready for the Spring racing season. The World Indoor Championships is a great event to celebrate the end of the winter training season, and it provides our top students with a very tough, but highly visible, venue for them to demonstrate their talents to the world rowing community. I think the results speak for themselves; the students proved that we are one of the top high school rowing organizations in the country. I am very proud of them, as are the school administration and the La Salle Crew Parents Organization. These results bode well for the upcoming Spring racing season, so now it's on to the water to get prepared for that."
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