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For the first time ever, Washington College is sending a student athlete to the Under 23 (U23) World Rowing Championships, while an alumnus rower made the national team and finished eighth in the World Cup in London in June. And, oh by the way, the program’s director earned Division III Coach of the Year honors.
Rising sophomore John Gould, coxswain in the men’s four for the Pennsylvania Athletic Club Rowing Association (Penn AC), will travel to Linz, Austria, in late July to represent the United States in the U23 World Championships. Gould, who competed for The Gunnery in Connecticut during high school, also served as a coxswain for Washington College’s winning varsity eight boat at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships in April. At the trials for the U23 National Team in Princeton, N.J., in late June, Gould represented Penn AC, racing with rowers from Georgetown, Purdue, Michigan State and Temple. Top rowers are invited during the summer months to compete with a variety of clubs; Penn AC, established in 1871 along the storied rowing venue of Philadelphia’s Skuykill River, is among the most competitive. By landing the top position in the men’s four for Penn AC, Gould was able to hang the first Washington College banner in the venerable boathouse along Philly’s Boathouse Row.
Meanwhile, Hugh McAdam ’08 represented the U.S. team in the men’s lightweight single sculls at the World Cup in London after winning the 2013 Nationals Selection Regatta, rowing for the Craftsbury Sculling Center. McAdam had never rowed before joining the Washington College team as a freshman walk-on in 2004. He quickly developed into one of the program’s top rowers, earning All Mid-Atlantic Region honors in 2007 and 2008. He was named his team’s MVP as a senior in 2008 and sat stroke in the Shoremen’s lightweight four, which reached the grand final and finished fourth overall at the 2008 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the largest college rowing regatta in the nation, with more than a hundred teams and thousands of athletes competing. Since graduating Washington College, McAdam has emerged as one of the nation’s top rowers in the lightweight scull.
“We’re all incredibly excited for Hugh and John,” says men’s rowing coach John Leekley. “Hugh has been a great example of persistence and dedication and those efforts are starting to show in his results. John is an outstanding coxswain and I know this experience will be great both for him and the rest of our program for the next few years.”
And last but not least, in June the College Rowing Coaches Association named Mike Davenport, director of the College’s rowing program and coach of the women’s rowing team, Division III National Coach of the Year. Now in his 24th year as head coach, Davenport had already been honored in April as MARC Coach of the Year after guiding the Shorewomen to the 2013 MARC Championship—a win that earned them their first automatic berth to the NCAA Championships, where they finished a strong sixth place overall.