Cal's Engel Joins Teammates Guregian, Long-Lerno, Lucey at U.S U23 Selection Camp
May 20, 2009
BERKELEY - California junior rower Sean Engel was named to the list of 31 athletes that USRowing invited to its 2009 Men's Under 23 National Team Selection Camp this summer in Oklahoma City, Okla., the rowing organization announced on May 19. A member of Cal's varsity 4+, Engel will join junior teammates Nareg Guregian and James Long-Lerno and sophomore Golden Bear Nick Lucey at the camp. USRowing had previously announced in early May that it was inviting a group of athletes, including Guregian, Long-Lerno and Lucey, to the U23 camp.
Guregian and Lucey are both members of Cal's varsity 8+, which won its grand final at the May 17 Pac-10 Rowing Championships and secured the overall team title for the Bears. Long-Lerno is a member of Cal's second varsity 8+, which claimed second place at the conference regatta at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
The U.S. under 23 camp will select the men's eight, four and quadruple sculls crews that will compete at the 2009 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 23-26 in Racice, Czech Republic. In addition, the camp will select boats in the men's pair, four with coxswain and double sculls to compete at the 2009 USRowing Under 23 World Championships Trials scheduled for July 6-10 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The winners of these trials will also earn the right compete in Racice.
In other Cal men's crew news, the Bears' varsity 8+ moved up from No. 3 to No. 1 in the USRowing poll that came out today. Cal's top boat, coming off its Pac-10 title, earned 10 of 17 first-place votes and 325 points to edge No. 2 Brown, which has the other seven first-place votes and 322 points.
Stanford, which finished second to Cal in the varsity 8+ grand final at the conference regatta, is third with 302 points. The other Pac-10 boats in the poll are No. 6 Washington (272), which was third in the Pac-10 grand final, and No. 16 Oregon State (83).