Six Quakers Headline USRowing Championship Teams

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PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing has announced their roster for the upcoming 2016 World Senior, Under-23 and Junior Championships and six University of Pennsylvania student-athletes and three coaches are set to represent the United States at the international regatta.


Lou Lombardi (heavyweight), Jake Mendelson (heavyweight), Sam Ward (lightweight), Casey Howshall (lightweight), Landis Walsh (lightweight) and Regina Salmons (women) will represent the Red and Blue in competition while Colin Farrell, Wesley Ng and Scott Wisniewski will assist in coaching capacities as part of the Penn contingent.  


The Quakers will compete Aug. 21-28 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and the event marks the first time that senior, junior and under-23 team events will be held simultaneously.  


"It’s a great source of pride to see all the Penn athletes as well as our assistant coach, Scott, representing the USA this summer,” said Farrell. “It’s a testament to their passion for rowing, the work they’ve put into the sport, and their desire to perform at the highest levels possible. I think a hallmark of our team is that our athletes love to compete and look forward to those situations. It was great to see so many embrace that challenge this summer. I’m excited to see all of them bring the experience back to Penn.” 


Several selected Quakers will be making return appearances at the championships. Lombardi was a 2015 silver medalist with the U-23 men’s eight and also was a bronze medalist in 2014. Mendelson served as a coxswain with the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team 2+ in 2015 and was a 2012 Junior National Team member. 2016 marks the seventh-consecutive year that Farrell will lead the U-23 lightweights while Ng returns to the helm of the U-23 women for a second year.


The U.S. won four medals at the 2015 World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria including gold in the women’s pair, women’s four and women’s eight.