Lombardi Earns Bronze Medal for Team USA at Worlds

World Rowing Championships Results

VARESE, Italy – Rising senior Louis Lombardi will return to campus this fall with a bronze medal from the 2014 U23 World Rowing Championships after the men’s eight he coxed took third in the Grand Final.

Lombardi’s United States crew was third in a time of 5:32.180, finishing behind gold medalist, New Zealand, who crossed in 5:28.820. Australia was second in 5:30.450. The Americans were well clear of their next challenger, Germany, which took fourth in 5:35.760.

Lombardi’s bronze medal is the second medal in a row for a Penn heavyweight. Last year, Daren Frankel picked up a silver medal in the same event rowing in the third seat for the United States.

The heavyweight rowing program had two representatives competing for Team USA, with Joseph Simon joining Lombardi on the water for the Red, White, and Blue.

Simon was in the three seat for the men’s four without coxswain, and the crew reached the Grand Final following a thrilling finish in its semifinal. Competing with Croatia for the final spot in the Grand Final, Simon and the Americans edged the Croatians by 0.280 seconds for third in the semifinal and a spot in the final six. The United States finished sixth in a hotly contested Grand Final, 0.390 seconds behind Great Britain and 0.790 seconds behind fourth-place Spain.

The newly-minted head coach of lightweight rowing at Penn, Colin Farrell, was coach of the lightweight men’s four at the U23 World Championships. After just missing out on a spot in the Grand Final by 1.040 seconds, the United States won the B Final by a dominating 4.610 seconds over Switzerland.