PHILADELPHIA Senior commodore Ben Nace, of the University of Pennsylvania men’s heavyweight rowing team, will represent the United States at the FISA World Rowing Under-23 Championships. Nace will be in the two seat for the American4 which races Thursday in Strathclyde, Great Britain.
The team, which consists of 41 rowers from across the country, will compete in 10 events in Scotland. Theoarsmen were selected after completing the U.S. under-23 training camp in Boston, Mass., at the end of June. The under-23 national team is the top developmental level between college and the senior national team.
“It is a great initial step for Ben to be on the U-23 team,” said Head Coach Fred Honebein.“Ben has great physiological potential and could be a great addition to the National team in the next quadrennial. Ben will come back to Penn with international experience which will contribute to the team next year. The majority of the top team’s in the country all have numerous athletes training year round. We need to do the same.”
Nace has been a two-year member of Penn’s Varsity 8. This past season they finished ninth at EARC Sprints and 18th at IRAs. He rowed for the Freshman 8 his first season with the Red and Blue. That boat placed fourth at both EARC Sprints and IRAs.