Five Stanford Rowers Earn Berths To Compete At 2009 World Rowing Under 23 Championships

July 13, 2009

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    STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Rowing will have a total of five rowers representing two countries at the 2009 World Rowing Under 23 Championships scheduled for July 23-26 in Racice, Czech Republic as Grace Luczak ('11), Mark Murphy ('09), Sebastian Peterlin ('11) and Erika Roddy (`11) were named to the U.S. roster and Michelle Vezie ('11) was named to Great Britain's roster on Monday.

    'At Stanford we will always encourage our student-athletes to pursue their national team and Olympic dreams,' said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. 'We are really proud to have another crop of dedicated Stanford rowers embarking on the national team journey, and honored to hear of their selection to the U.S. and U.K. teams. We wish them the best of luck this summer!'

    On the women's side, Luczak, Roddy and Vezie were all part of the Stanford I Eight boat that captured gold at both the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships in 2009.

    Roddy, a first-team CRCA Pocock All-American, was also named the Pac-10 Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year this past season. The San Francisco native took over duties in the stroke seat in mid-April and ably helped the Cardinal to conference and national titles. At the Under 23 World Championships, Roddy will be in the bow seat of the U.S. Women's Eight (W8+).

    Luczak, a second-team All-American who completed her first season at Stanford after transferring from Michigan prior to 2008-09, will compete on two boats at next week's event. Last weekend, Luczak and women's pair (W2-) partner Mary Jeghers captured their class title at the Under 23 World Championship Trials, earning an automatic spot at the World Championships. On Monday it was also announced that Luczak was selected to row in the No. 6 seat of the U.S. Women's Eight.

    Vezie, a native of London, will attempt to add more luster to her 2008-09 accomplishments as she will row on Great Britain's women's eight (W8+) boat next week.

    'Grace, Erika and Michelle are true representatives of Stanford's culture: high achievers who commit to giving their best efforts day in and out,' Farooq noted. 'They are consistent performers and excellent teammates who understand what it means to contribute and earn your spot. I know they will make the most of this incredible opportunity.'

    In the men's competition, Murphy, the Pac-10 Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year, will be in the stroke seat for the U.S. men's four (M4-) at next week's World Championships. This past season, Murphy ended his Stanford rowing career with a flourish, not only taking home the Pac-10's top individual prize but also helping lead the Cardinal I Eight to a third-place national finish at the IRA Championships and a runner-up effort at the Pac-10 Championships.

    Peterlin, also a member of the Stanford men's I Eight that won a national bronze medal and silver at the Pac-10s, was named to the men's All-Pac-10 Team alongside Murphy this past season. In the Czech Republic, he will row in the stroke seat of the U.S. men's eight (M8+).

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