Under 23 Men’s and Women’s Selection Camp Applications Open
By Dan Brauchli • March 13, 2018
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Under 23 Men’s and Women’s National Team Selection Camps will return to Seattle and West Windsor this summer, respectively. University of Washington men’s head coach Michael Callahan will head up the men’s camp, while Brett Gorman, under 23 women’s program coordinator, will spearhead the women’s camp.
Eighteen rowers and two coxswains will be invited to compete for spots in the U23 men’s eight and four. The women’s camp will welcome 50 applicants comprised of 34 sweep rowers, 12 scullers and four coxswain, as they compete to make U23 women’s eight, four, quad and four with coxswain, as it makes its debut in the championships.
These boats, alongside those making the team through the trials process, will race at the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships scheduled for July 25-29 in Poznan, Poland. Athletes interested in participating in the selection camp may now apply for invitation.
Seattle has previously served as the mens team’s training location, where Callahan’s rowers have experienced significant success. In 2012, the United States sent a full contingent to the under 23 championships in Trakai, winning a gold medal in the men’s eight, silver in the four with coxswain, and finishing fourth in the four. This past summer in Plovdiv, the Seattle-based U23 four with coxswain earned a bronze medal at the championships.
“We are aiming to infuse the national team with the next group of hungry student-athletes” Callahan said. “I believe in the development of athletes and am committed to providing a world-class training environment for the next crop of Olympic-caliber athletes.”
Now In his 14th year at the University of Washington, Callahan has helped establish Washington as an indomitable force in world of rowing, developing countless athletes into U23 national team members and Olympians. In the past two Olympiads, 10 of his student-athletes have represented the U.S. in the Olympics.
This past year, the U23 women’s selection camp was held in West Windsor, with the women’s eight winning a silver medal, the quad finishing sixth and the four placing 10th in Plovdiv. In 2016, the women’s New Jersey-based camp brought home two gold medals in the women’s eight and four.
In 2018, Gorman will be joined by Megan Cooke Carcagno (Duke head coach), Rob Weber (Hamilton head coach), Hilary Gehman (PNRA) and Kate Bertko (Stanford lightweight head coach) to coach the selection camp.
“I’m honored to be asked back to the U23 coaching staff for 2018, and I’m looking forward to my role as director to help improve our results as a group from 2017,” said Gorman. “The staff we’ve assembled brings a wealth of knowledge to [the Princeton area] that will work together to create the strongest team possible. Each member of the staff has either competed on, or coached at, the senior national team level and will be able to draw on past experiences to enhance the U23 experience for the athletes.”
“The dual goals of the U23 team have been, and continue to be, producing top results at the international level, while also fostering the development of athletes that will go on to the senior and Olympic team level,” said Gorman of the goals for the selection camp. “Bringing home two medals from Plovdiv in 2017 (silver in the eight and bronze in the trials-selected pair) was a solid result, and the entire coaching staff is looking forward to improving on that in Poznan.”
Both selection camps will have access to a full training staff on-site. The Seattle-based staff will include a dietician, strength coach, physical therapist, sports medicine doctor, athletic trainer, and team manager — all supported by the University of Washington. A similar training staff will be available for all camp participants in West Windsor through USRowing’s national team staff.
“Our mission is to provide the student-athletes who ultimately join the U23 camp an experience that will set them up for future success,” said Callahan.
“The U.S. U23 squad is essentially the all-star team for what the U.S. has to offer at the collegiate level, and we’ll be striving to put our best foot forward in 2018,” said Gorman.
For more information about the Under 23 Men’s Selection Camp or to apply, click here.
For more information about the Under 23 Women’s Selection Camp or to apply, click here.