PRINCETON – A pair of recently graduated heavyweight rowers will represent the United States at the upcoming World Rowing U23 Championships as Louis Lombardi and Dara Alizadeh were selected for the men’s eight with coxswain after USRowing’s selection camp.
Lombardi and Alizadeh will compete for their country in Plovdiv, Bulgaria July 22-26, with Lombardi returning as coxswain for the U.S. 8+ and Alizadeh making his first U23 team. Alizadeh is slated to row in the stroke seat – a similar position he held for the Quakers during the 2014-15 heavyweight rowing season.
Last July, Lombardi’s crew won the bronze medal at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Italy, finishing behind New Zealand and Australia and well clear of fourth-place Germany. His medal was the second in a row for a Quaker with the U23 team as Daren Frankel won silver in the men’s eight in 2013.
"It is unreal to be selected as the Under 23 coxswain for the men's eight,” said Lombardi. “I am ecstatic that Dara was selected as the stroke of the eight. The two of us in the stern is a legendary combination and we have a great camaraderie and working relationship.I would like to thank Greg Myhr, concerned alumni, and our families for continued love and support! Summertime in Plovdiv, here we come."
Lombardi’s teammate – for school and country – echoed his excitement about competing on the world stage.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be selected to this crew,” Alizadeh said. “This has a been a dream of mine since I began rowing, and thanks to all the support I've received from Greg Myhr, friends, and family, I am finally able to see it become reality. I'm thrilled to be able to go to Bulgaria with Lou as my coxswain, as he is the best in the business, and we have been in the same line up for some years now. I know we'll do our best to represent our country well!”
Lombardi and Alizadeh will take to the water on July 23 for their heat. The Grand Final is set for July 26.