GW Men's Rowing's Anderson Wins Gold Medal at World Rowing Championships
Anderson Wins Gold for Canada; Tewskbury-Volpe Impresses for United States
July 28, 2014
WASHINGTON - Former George Washington men's rowing oarsman Trofym Anderson '14 became a World Champion this weekend when he and his Coxed Four boat out of Canada won the Gold Medal at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy.
Also competing at the event, which featured 800 competitors from 51 countries, was rising-junior Jordan Tewksbury-Volpe who finished in seventh place overall as a member of the United States' Lightweight Four boat.
Canada kicked off its gold-medal run with a first-place finish in the Coxed Four heats on Wednesday. With Anderson rowing bow, the Canadians sprinted out to first place and held an advantage over the first 1,000-meters. They then fell behind to second place at the 1,500-meter mark before rallying to capture first place and clinch a bye to the Grand Finals. Canada completed the course in 6:27.15, ahead of New Zealand, Germany and the United States.
In Sunday's Grand Final, the Canadians were in fifth place after the first 500 meters but rallied to take a half-length lead over the field at the 1,000-meter mark. From there, Canada remained in the lead and held off a late surge by New Zealand to clinch the gold medal with a time of 6:13.85. New Zealand was 0.6 seconds behind in 6:14.49, followed by France (6:19.32), Great Britain (6:19.63), United States (6:20.02) and Italy (6:22.86).
Canada won three total medals at the event with Anderson and the Coxed Four capturing the lone gold.
Anderson has been rowing in Canada's developmental system for the past few years. The Canadian National Team cites the Under 23 program as one of its top feeder programs to selecting senior team and Olympic athletes.
Tewksbury-Volpe and his US Rowing Lightweight Four earned a seventh-place showing at the event after competing in three races over the course of the week.
Tewksbury-Volpe, rowing No. 2 for Lightweight Four, and the United States took third place in the opening heat, finishing in 6:22.88 behind Spain (6:19.04) and Germany (6:21.04) and ahead of Turkey (6:25.86), Switzerland (6:30.69) and Hungary (6:37.93).
In Friday's repechage, the United States finished in third place in 6:06.55 to clinch a spot in Sunday's B Final. Great Britain won the repechage in 6:04.03 with Turkey taking second place in 6:05.51. Canada (6:17.49) and Norway (6:27.82) finished behind the United States.
The United States took first place by open water out of six crews in the B Final to clinch seventh place overall at the event. Tewskbury-Volpe and his fellow oarsman won the race in 6:03.37, ahead of Switzerland (6:11.98), France (6:13.32), Canada (6:16.10), Hungary (6:21.59) and Norway (6:25.20).
This marks the second straight summer that Tewskbury-Volpe has competed for the United States at a World Rowing event. Last summer he rowed as a member of the Double Sculls crews at the World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.