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US-based Under 23 Crew Announcement

Rowing Australia is excited to announce the following two crews selected at the US-based Under 23 Selection Trials and confirmed by RA’s High Performance Commission yesterday:

Women’s Under 23 Coxed Four

  • Zara Collisson (University of Michigan/Sydney University Boat Club/NSW)
  • Samantha Morton (University of Pennsylvania/QLD)
  • Emmie Frederico (Syracuse University/Mercantile Rowing Club/VIC)
  • Emma Wilson (Ohio State/Swan River Rowing Club/WA)
  • Coxswain: Nicholas Dunlop (University of Washington/Sydney Rowing Club/NSW)

Men’s Under 23 Eight

  • Jamie Arnold (University of California, Berkeley/Melbourne University Boat Club/VIC)
  • Angus Dawson (University of California, Berkeley/Adelaide Rowing Club/SA)
  • Marcus Emmett (Yale University/Melbourne University Boat Club/VIC)
  • Fergus Hamilton (Yale University/Mercantile Rowing Club/VIC)
  • Joshua Hill (Yale University/Melbourne University Boat Club/VIC)
  • Patrick Long (Princeton University/University of Queensland Boat Club/QLD)
  • Alexander McClean (Yale University/Mosman Rowing Club/NSW)
  • Darcy McCluskey (University of Washington/KAND Rowing Club/QLD)
  • Coxswain: Harry Keenan (Yale University/Sydney Rowing Club/NSW)

Annabelle Eaton and John Bowes have been appointed coaches of the respective crews. A camp was conducted in the lead-up to the Selection Trials at Princeton University which has been our historical base for this program. The support provided by the Princeton rowing program, and the broader University community, is second to none and critical to the conduct of the program. Deputy Performance Director and Pathways lead at Rowing Australia, Jaime Fernandez, said “Following two years without international competition or travel, we are excited to be able to reboot this program. We have a great group of talented young athletes based in the US College system and it’s been a pleasure to get to know them as we’ve worked to select these crews. I am really looking forward to seeing the results of our Under 23 team at the upcoming World Rowing Championships in Varese.”

Currently we are tracking and engaging with approximately 160 Australian athletes who study and row in US College programs. The US Program has been a key part of RA’s HP Pathway strategy for a number of years and is an important one for us to continue to embrace and invest in. We are extremely fortunate to have received funding through the AIS to help fund and support this particular strategy and program.

Over the years, many US-based athletes have made the transition through the Underage program and into the Senior program. Eight members of the 2021 Australian Olympic Team were US alumni that had returned to Australia and reengaged with our local system.