PHILADELPHIA – Rising senior coxswain Jacob Mendelson will turn in his Red and Blue this summer for the red, white, and blue of the United States after earning a spot on the men’s 2+ for USRowing at the upcoming World Championships August 29-September 6 in Aiguebelette, France.
Mendelson’s spot on Team USA came after winning the Senior National Team Trials on Mercer Lake last week. His crew consisted of two Philadelphia-based rowers in Frederick Winstead (Penn A.C.) and Taylor Brown (Vesper) who share the Schuylkill River with Mendelson.
Mendelson, who served as the coxswain for Penn’s Second Varsity boat this season, will be rowing for his country a second time when he competes at the Senior Nationals. In 2012, he was a member of the junior national team.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me to compete at a level higher than I ever dreamed possible during my collegiate career,” Mendelson said. “I am looking forward to gaining even more experience at the elite level with two extremely talented rowers. While I am ecstatic about making Team USA, I am hungry for more. My mentors in rowing have always urged me to set high goals. This summer, my goal wasn’t just to make the national team, it was to bring home a medal from Worlds. My teammates and I will train hard these next two months to do everything we can to bring home some hardware from France.”
For more information on the USRowing national team selection process, click here.