Farrell, Ng Set to Lead U.S. U-23 National Teams

PHILADELPHIA - A pair of University of Pennsylvania head coaches have been tabbed to head USRowing Under-23 teams that will compete this August at the 2016 World Rowing Junior and Under-23 Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Colin Farrell (men’s lightweight) and Wesley Ng (women’s) will represent the Red and Blue on the international stage following their coaching appointments by USRowing.

The announcement marks the seventh-consecutive year that Farrell will lead the U-23 men’s lightweights. Most recently, he led the lightweight fours to the A Final and a sixth-place finish at the 2015 U-23 World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria, marking just the third time the U.S. has made the A Final since 2000.

Ng returns to the helm of the U-23 Women’s National Team for a second year after leading the United States to gold medals in the 8+, 4-without-cox, and pair last summer in Bulgaria. He also was an assistant coach with the U.S. Women’s U-23 team in 2014 when they won three medals -- gold in the 8+ and 4-without-cox, and silver in the pair -- in Varese, Italy.

“Getting a chance to coach the top collegiate athletes in the country and to help in the developmental process is a big responsibility and one that has been really rewarding for the past two summers,” said Ng. “U.S. women’s rowing has great international expectations and I love the sharpened focus and ambition of the camp environment and building crew identities. Our aim is to put together crews that will represent the United States by being incredibly well-prepared physically, technically, and mentally.”

Penn will also have representation by several student-athletes at the national team camps leading up to the world championship selections. Jacob Mendelson (heavyweight), Matt Lieber (lightweight), Jasper Liu (lightweight), Sam Ward (lightweight), and Regina Salmons (women’s) will all vie for spots on their respective U-23 teams in June camps located in Hanover, N.H. (heavyweights), Philadelphia, Pa. (lightweights), and Princeton, N.J. (women’s).

“No matter how many times you get the opportunity, it is still always a huge honor to represent your country,” said Farrell. “I am certainly proud to see all the Penn athletes involved this summer, as well. Their invites are a testament to the work they have put in as well as the quality of their teammates and crews here at Penn. They will have their work cut out to make their respective teams, but Penn rowers like to challenge themselves and compete at the highest levels so it will be a fun pursuit for them."