Former Cal Rower Wins First World Championships Berth

July 28, 2003

BERKELEY - Former Cal rower Julia Nichols swept her two-out-of three finals series Saturday in the lightweight women's single sculls trials to earn a spot on the U.S. National Rowing Team for the 2003 FISA World Championships August 24-31 in Milan, Italy.

Nichols, a 25-year-old who is sponsored by Seattle's George Pocock Rowing Foundation (, defeated Union Boat Club's Catharine Infantino to win the second final and earn a spot on her first national team. Nichols covered the 2,000-meter Cooper River course in 7:46.19 nearly six seconds ahead of Infantino Riverside Boat Club's Sarah Howlett .

Nichols is a 2000 graduate of the University of California in Chemical Engineering. At Cal, Nichols finished third in the 1999 NCAA Rowing Championships as the stroke of the women's varsity eight. She is a 2001 USRowing National Champion in the senior women's lightweight single sculls and was the 2002 silver medalist in the elite women's quadruple sculls at the 2002 USRowing National Championships. Nichols is the daughter of Patricia Nichols, an educator in the Livermore school district, and Mervyn Nichols, a Mechanical Engineer at Livermore Labs.

Nichols, who has trained for two seasons at the Pocock Rowing Center on Portage Bay, is coached by Seattle resident and seven-time member of the Bulgarian National Rowing Team, Emil Kossev. Since 1995 Kossev has placed 10 Seattle athletes on U.S. National Teams, including Conal Groom and J. Sloan DuRoss who will represent the U.S. at the 2003 Pan American Games August 4-10 in the Dominican Republic. Both were members of the U.S. team at the 2002 World Championships in Seville, Spain.

She joins the 10 crews that have already been named to the 2003 World Championships Team. An additional six crews will be named by the national team coaches by August 4.

Comprehensive results and times for the U.S. World Championship Trials and USRowing National Championships are available at

2003 World Championship Trials - Non Olympic Boat Classes

Cooper River, Cherry Hill, N.J.

Saturday, July 26, 2003

>b>Lightweight Women`s Single Sculls
Final 02 1: Pocock Rowing Center-NICHOLS, 07:46:16; 2: Union Boat Club-INFANTINO, 07:52:17; 3: Riverside Boat Club-HOWLETT, 07:59:01.

Lightweight Women`s Quadruple Sculls
Final 02 1: Princeton Training Center, 06:31:83; 2: Potomac Boat Club-POCOCK, 06:43:88; 3: Camp Randall Rowing Club, 07:11:67.

Lightweight Men`s Quadruple Sculls
Final 02 1: Augusta Rowing Club, Inc., 05:59:54; 2: New York Athletic Club-COMP, 06:02:81; 3: Augusta Rowing Club, Inc., 06:09:53.

Men`s Pair with Coxswain
Final 02 1: Princeton Training Center, 06:58:45; 2: Penn A.C. Rowing Association-A, 07:07:85; 3: Vesper Boat Club, 07:11:64.

Lightweight Men`s Single Sculls
Final 02 1: New York Athletic Club-LIVERMAN, 07:02:11; 2: Undine Barge Club-DALBA, 07:11:39; 3: Unaffiliated-WILHELM, 07:15:40.

Lightweight Men`s Pair
Final 02 1: New York Athletic Club-Marin, 06:32:59; 2: Penn A.C. Rowing Association, 06:57:99; 3: Georgia Tech Crew, 07:02:14.

Lightweight Women`s Pair
Final 02 1: Undine Barge Club, 07:22:84; 2: Riverside Boat Club, 07:27:45; 3: Cambridge BC/Riverside BC, 07:43:22.

Men`s Four with Coxswain
Final 02 1: Princeton Training Center, 06:01:21; 2: Penn A.C. Rowing Association, 06:10:94; 3: Vesper Boat Club, 06:15:08.

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