Volpe, Anderson Continue GW Men's Rowing Tradition of International Competition
Duo Join Kasey Colander in International Rowing This Summer
July 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's rowing rising sophomore Jordan Tewksbury-Volpe and rising senior Trofym Anderson have both been tabbed to represent their countries at the World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.
Tewksbury-Volpe, a dual citizen from Naples, Italy, will row for the United States in the lightweight pair event, while Anderson, a native of Welland, Ontario, will row for his native Canada in the coxed four event.
Tewksbury-Volpe clinched his spot on the U.S. Rowing team with a victory in the lightweight double sculls at the USRowing National Championships last Wednesday on the Cooper River in New Jersey. Along with his partner, Will Robins of Chappaqua, N.Y., Tewskbury-Volpe edged out the Seattle Rowing Center by less than a second to clinch the spot.
Anderson has rowed in Canada's national team development system for several years and earned his seat at the World Rowing Championships through a selection process that took place in London, Ontario, and Victoria, British Columbia, under the direction of Rowing Canada Aviron development directors and coaches.
Rowing Canada Avrion cites the Under-23 National Team as its most important development component leading to Canada's Senior National Team.
The pair are the most recent in a long line of Colonials' oarsmen to log international experience. In addition to classmate Kasey Colander, who is rowing for the United States at the World University Games this month, rising senior James Stafford also logged time for the U.S. at the CanAmMex Regatta in 2010. Additionally, alumnus Brian Winke ('93) won a gold medal rowing for the U.S. at the World University Games in 1993, while alumnus Jonathan D'Alba ('07) rowed for the U.S. National Team in 2006 and 2007.
The most notable GW alumnus to row in international competition is GW Athletic Hall of Famer Aquil Abdullah ('95), who became the first African American to row as a member of the United States Olympic Team at the Athens Games in 2004.