Men’s Rowing Ben Delaney Makes U.S. Senior National Team

Ben Delaney (right) is the first GW rower to make the U.S. Senior National Team while still a student.
Sept. 1, 2017

U.S. Rowing Senior National Team Roster

After spending the summer training in Princeton, senior Ben Delaney has been selected to race in the Men’s Four as part of the U.S. Senior National Team. Only one of three collegiate rowers to make the team, Delaney will train in Boston this month in preparation for the 2017 World Rowing Championships in his hometown of Sarasota, Florida, from September 24-October 1.

Delaney transferred to GW his sophomore year and made an immediate impact on the team. This past spring, the economics major stroked the Varsity 8 that went on to win the Third-Level Final at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. Although GW Alumni have represented the Colonials at the World Rowing Championships in years past, Delaney is the first rower to make the team while still a student.

"Ben is an extremely had working guy who has grown and matured a lot during his time at GW," said head coach Mark Davis. "I am very excited for him to reach this level of his rowing and I wish him the best of luck at Worlds."

Delaney talked to about his training this summer, his reaction to making the team, and his excitement level to compete for the United States at the 2017 World Rowing Championships at the end of this month.

What were your expectations at the beginning of the summer when you were invited in March to the selection camp?
From the get-go, I wanted to use this summer as development for the Olympics in 2020. With that goal in mind, I came into camp looking to soak up as much knowledge as I could. Being so young, I had low expectations but high hopes of making the team. Training was difficult but ran pretty similar to our schedule at GW. We had 10 sessions a week with about two-thirds them being high-intensity workouts followed by the other third being more technically focused.



What was your reaction when you found out that you made the team?
I was ecstatic. It has been six years since the last time I made the national team - the Junior (U19) team in 2011. I have been working towards this for so long and it was almost a sense of relief that I finally did it. After coming up just short of making the U23 team last summer, I was so happy to make such a big turn around and improve as quickly as I did.

In your bio, you list making it to Youth Nationals in the eight (2011) as your most memorable sporting achievement – where does making the U.S. National Team rank?
This is easily my greatest rowing accomplishment. I am fortunate to have had a successful rowing career up to this point but nothing compares to racing at the World Championships.

How has your time at GW helped you get to this point in your rowing career?
GW has taught me to fight for what I want. Not having the illustrious history that other collegiate programs have, it has been ingrained in us that nothing is given and everything is earned. I really leaned on that mentality this summer while competing against the best rowers in the country for my seat in the boat.

What are you most looking forward to at the 2017 World Championships?
I am most excited to be able to represent my country. It is an incredible opportunity that all 78 athletes on the team have earned and is not something many experience. Different than the Junior and U23 team where there is an age restriction, we race the absolute best in the world at the Senior level. I am excited for the chance to test myself against the most elite.

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