Stanford Men's Rowing Alumni Prepare For World Rowing Championships

Aug. 17, 2009

A strong trio of Stanford men's rowing alumni will represent the United States this weekend at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. The event is set to begin Aug. 23 and run through Aug. 30. Stanford alumni David Banks '06 will row for the U.S. men's pair while fellow 2006 graduate Jake Cornelius and 2009 graduate Alex Osborne will be part of the U.S. men's eight that will vie for the gold medal.

'Alex, Jake and David were key components to our Stanford team's success over the past five seasons,' said Stanford Director of Rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'Their example of dedication, discipline and desire resonate in each stroke they take. Go USA!'

Cornelius and Osborne were named to the U.S. eight for the world championships back on July 29, when USRowing announced six of its boats. Banks, along with partner Charlie Cole, raced uncontested in the finals at the USRowing World Championships Trials and earned a berth in the men's pair competition on Aug. 6.

Banks, a 2008 Olympian in the men's fours, captured a gold and silver medal at the USRowing National Championships in West Windsor, N.J. in late June. He won his gold medal in the men's pair competition and captured silver in the men's eight.Cornelius was also part of that men's eight boat that took the silver medal, and was just edged out of gold in the men's pairs competition by Banks. But he would get that elusive gold medal by rowing as part of the victorious men's four boat at the regatta.

Recent graduate Osborne was recently part of Stanford's I Eight boat that captured the silver medal at the Pac-10 Championships and took home a national bronze medal at the IRA Championships. For his superior efforts on the water, Osborne earned a spot on the All-Pac-10 Team and was named the Pac-10 Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year.

At the USRowing National Championships, he earned a gold medal as part of the winning men's eight boat, helping edge the silver medal-winning boat that fellow alumni Banks and Cornelius were on.

Last summer, Osborne was part of the U.S. men's eight boat that captured the gold medal at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.

In other men's rowing news, current Stanford rowers Austin Keely and David Evans just completed a cross-country bicycle trek aiming to bring awareness to the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Riding over 3,500 miles, Keely and Evans made stops throughout their journey to give presentations on this health crisis.

'We are so proud of Austin and David. This endeavor was noble and life changing,' Amerkhanian said.

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