Pictured: Harvard's Austin Meyer and teammate Nick Trojan had the best-ever American finish at the U-23 World Championships and were coached by Harvard's Linda Muri (Photo: courtesy U.S. Rowing Association)
TRAKI, Lithuania - With five medalists amidst seven competitors, Harvard rowers had a successful week at the U-23 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
Incoming freshman Jay Ditmarsch '16 finished on the podium for Australia in Men's Quad Sculls with a bronze medal behind the Ukraine and Italy. In a fluctuating race Australia was fourth through 1000m, before improving to second with only 500m remaining, before settling for bronze in 6:01.00, just 0.13 of a second behind Italy.
Fellow freshman Vincent Breet '16 was part of a South African team that placed second in Men's Pairs with a time of 6:46.34, just behind the gold-winning British team with a time of 6:44.85.
Among 21 crews to earn spots on the U.S. team, Harvard's Austin Meyer and teammate Nick Trojan had a distinct Harvard connection as the boat was coached by Linda Muri. They narrowly missed a spot in the podium in the men's lightweight doubles, finishing fourth in the final event with a time of 6:54.33. It was the best-ever finish for an American boat by coming back from a sixth place in the middle 1000m of the race. In the end, Meyer and Trojan could not pick off the defending World Champions and record holder, Germany, which finished in third.
Harvard had three medalists in the Men's Four. Junior Josh Hicks helped the Australian side to a silver medal with a time of 6:28.67, just less than a second ahead of Great Britain's time of 6:29.62 with Harvard sophomore Andrew Holmes and senior Patrick Lapage.
Also narrowly missing the podium for Harvard was incoming freshman Adam Janes '16, who helped the British Eight to a fourth place finish.