MATEO VAZQUEZ ’21
This week former Alumni of both the men’s and women’s rowing team have been selected to compete in the 2018 World Championship. The competition includes a variety of teams from around the world in both heavy and lightweight competitions. From the U.S a total of only 72 rowers were selected. The roster included some former alumni such as John Graves ‘10 and Alexander Loy’15 from the men’s rowing team, and Jillian Zeiff’14 and Jen Sager’16 from the women’s rowing team. The event will take place from September 9-16 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
As their time at Trinity can attest, both Graves’10, and Loy’15 excelled on and off the water at Trinity earning membership to the NESCAC All-Academic team. Zieff’14 was also a NESCAC All-Academic team member and received a CRCA Scholar-Athlete Award twice. Sage’16 had the opportunity to row for the No. 1 seat for the first varsity eight and won a bronze medal at the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Regatta in the 2014-2015 NCAA Division III championships.
This is not only a momentous event for our amazing alumni, but it is also a great opportunity to reflex on how far the rowing programs have come thus far. The eligibility to make the team is quite a rigorous process. Athletes must pass a variety of trials and races in order to be eligible to try out, and then the best of the best face off in a final race in which the winners make the team. It is quite evident that both of Trinity’s men’s and women’s crew programs have gone above and beyond the call into shaping these athletes to become one of the top competitors in the United States and possibly the world. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a trend for more rowers to represent Trinity in World Championships to come.