Cal Alumnus Wetzel Named to Canada Olympic Team
June 27, 2008
BERKELEY - California men's crew alumnus Jake Wetzel was named to the Canadian Olympic Rowing Team on Thursday as part of the men's eight (M8+). This is Wetzel's second Olympics, as he won a silver medal with Canada's four in the 2004 Athens Games. Wetzel and Scott Frandsen (men's pair, M2), who qualified for the 2008 Olympics in the recent Poland regatta, give Canada two former Golden Bears bound for Beijing.
Wetzel, who rowed at Cal from 1998 to 2002, won national championships as part of the IRA-winning varsity eight in 1999, 2001 and 2002. He is a highly decorated international rower who recently won gold in the eight for Canada at the Lucerne World Cup.
A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Wetzel has competed for both national teams, placing seventh in the coxless pair in the 1998 World Championships for Canada and winning the four for the United States in the 1999 World Championships. In the 2000 Olympics, he took seventh place for the United States in the quadruple sculls. Wetzel rejoined his native country's team in 2003, winning the four in both the World Championships and Lucerne World Cup that year. In 2007, he and Canada won the eight at the Lucerne World Cup and the Henley Royal Regatta (Grand Challenge Cup).
Another former Bear, Elliot Hovey, claimed an Olympic berth in the men's double sculls (M2x) at the U.S. Trials earlier this month. He was officially named to the U.S. Olympic roster on Friday by USRowing.
Also, Tim McLaren, the father of Cal sophomore rower Matt McLaren and the head coach of the California Rowing Club in Oakland, Calif., was tabbed as an assistant coach for the U.S. team working with the men's double sculls. Former Cal head coach Steve Gladstone recently joined McLaren's CRC staff as an assistant coach.