Princeton, Harvard, Yale...you name it, there’s a former Maadi rower gearing up for intercollegiate glory.

 

You can’t read Daniel James Brown’s epic The Boys in the Boat and not be a little intrigued by the American college rowing scene.

The story of the University of Washington crew that won the right to represent the Unted States at the 1936 Olympics is beyond inspiring.

Last weekend, Kiwis Ella Cossill and Shakira Mirfin rowed in the famous UW singlet as part of the NCAA finals for heavyweight women.

Stanford took out the title with ex-Baradene student Lucy Burrell rowing in five seat.

This week it’s the Intercollegiate Rowing Association finals to decide the best college crew in America for heavyweight and lightweight men and lightweight women.

All this is set against the backdrop of Rowing New Zealand’s inaugural trial for US-based U23 rowers held in the US.

It only adds to the mystique of ‘College Crew’.

All six triallists for the men’s U23 boat, plus one coxswain will be on the water this weekend at Mercer Lake in New Jersey, the home to Princeton University.

Harry Fitzpatrick, Ben Shortt and cox Kieran Joyce are part of the University of Washington roster.

Joyce has the reins of the Washington 2V (2nd Varsity Eight), Fitzpatrick and Shortt are in the 3V.

They are part of a celebrated group at UW, returning to the East Coast exactly 100 years after Washington won its first IRA Championship on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Max Cossill is in Northeastern's 2V, Seth Hope is in Yale’s 3V (while Olympic gold medallist Dan Williamson is in the 2V), Sean McHugh will sit in four seat of Syracuse’s 2V and Matthew Waddell will suit up for University of California, Berkeley’s 3V.

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PHOTO CREDIT: SHARRON BENNETT PHOTOGRAPHY. PHOTO FEATURES: MATTHEW WADDELL IN 5 SEAT ROWING FOR UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKLEY 3V.

Berkeley has two heavy-hitting Kiwis in its top boat. Ollie Maclean’s just been named Pac-12 rower of the year for the second-time running. The defending champs also have former Hamilton Boys High rower Campbell Crouch in bow seat.

Those two will be back in New Zealand for elite trials this month, as will University of Washington’s Logan Ullrich.

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PHOTO CREDIT: SHARRON BENNETT PHOTOGRAPHY. PHOTO: FEATURES: BERKELEY'S OLLIE MACLEAN AND CAMPBELL CROUCH.

Former Auckland Grammar boy Tommy Barrell is stroking Cal's 2V.

Then there's ex-Westlake rower Bowen de Gouw in six seat of Boston's 1V, his old crewmate Brahm Erdmann is in six seat of Harvard’s lightweight eight and former Otago Boys' High rowing captain Reuben Cook in the three seat of Princeton's lightweight boat.

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PHOTO CREDIT: SHARRON BENNETT PHOTOGRAPHY. PHOTO FEATURES: REUBEN COOK THREE SEAT IN PRINCETON'S LIGHTWEIGHT BOAT

It's quite a roll call of Kiwis.

You can watch the IRAs live here: https://www.youtube.com/@irarowing7130/streams

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Andy Hay

Andy Hay is a freelance producer, writer and rowing coach. He was cox of the world champion New Zealand eight of 1982 and '83. He is NZ Olympian #446.