Siegelaar Wins Bronze in Men's Eight at World Championships

Aug. 31, 2009

POZNAN, Poland - California rower Olivier Siegelaar won the bronze medal in the men's eight for his native Netherlands in the World Rowing Championships this past weekend in Poznan, Poland. In addition, Cal alum Troy Kepper ('06) captured the gold medal for the U.S. in the men's pair.

Siegelaar, who rowed for the Netherlands in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, was part of the crew that clocked a time of 5:28.32. Germany took the gold (5:24.13) and Canada earned the silver with a time of 5:27.15. The Netherlands started off slow, but got stronger as the race went on, as the boat was in sixth after the first 500 meters and fourth after the first 1,000. They took third for good by the 1500-meter mark.

In the men's pair, Kepper was in second for the majority of the race, but eventually pulled away for the gold with a time of 6:53.58. The Czech Republic, which led for most of the race, came in second at 6:54.58. Also in the men's pair, recent graduate Jan Tize came in fifth for Canada.

Fellow 2006 alums Mike Holbrook and Daniel Casaca represented Cal in the championships, as well. Holbrook came in sixth in the men's eight for the U.S., while Casaca, rowing for Canada, took 12th in the men's pair (2-).

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