Former National Team Members Reunite at the 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta
By Maeve Berry • September 28, 2018
SARASOTA, Fla. — Four past national team members reunited at the 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta. Stephen Frazier-Wong (2002-2004), Gavin Frase (2004, 2007-2008), Timothy Larson (2002-2004, 2007) and Michael Aller (2002-2004, 2008) finished third in their final of the men’s E quadruple sculls.
“We don’t want our memories to be greater than our current lives,” said Frazier-Wong. “I coach all the time and don’t really commit to getting out in a single enough. Getting prepared for this by getting back out and taking strokes has reconnected me to how much I love rowing and how much I love to row with these guys. If it wasn’t for events like this, I wouldn’t have reconnected with that love.”
All four have rowed in World Rowing Championships together on several occasions. Larson and Aller rowed together in the lightweight men’s quadruple sculls from 2002-2004, with Frazier-Wong joining them 2003-2004. Frase and Aller were a part of that lineup in 2008, while Frase and Larson earned spots in the lightweight men’s eight in 2007.
“I want to say thank you to the late Igor [Grinko] for bringing us all together,” said Frase. “We went through a lot together, and that’s why we’re here. [I’ll be] lifelong friends with these guys; we’ll be doing this for the next 40 years with our experience at USRowing. It was awesome to be back in the boat with these guys.”
With sights set on the future, the crew commended the work done to construct Nathan Benderson Park and to run this event.
“As a Floridian, to be able to be here and have events like this locally, has really been a great experience,” said Aller. “This type of infrastructure is a really great investment for the state and the country. Rowing is a great lifelong sport. It’s a great way to keep going and get out on the water and enjoy what you’re doing with people you love the most in the world.”
The 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta continues with racing scheduled to begin Saturday at 8:00 a.m. EDT.