Three Men's Rowing Alumni Named To U.S. National Team For 2009 World Rowing Championships

July 31, 2009


    STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford men's rowing will again be represented on the international stage this summer, as three Cardinal alumni will be part of the U.S. National Team that competes at the 2009 World Rowing Championships from Aug. 23-30 in Poznan, Poland. Jake Cornelius '06 and Alex Osborne '09 were selected to be part of the U.S. men's eight boat while 2006 graduate David Banks will be part of the U.S. men's pairs boat.

    'Alex, David and Jake continue the Stanford tradition that goes back to the 1950's, which is being a member of the United States national rowing team,' said Stanford Director of Rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'We are very proud and excited for each of these Stanford graduates'.

    'These men along with Mark Murphy, Sebastian Peterlin and Aaron Frankl dedicated themselves to US Rowing and international competition this summer,' Amerkhanian continued. 'Their efforts are noble and powerful. Stanford rowing stands behind all with pride.'

    Banks, a 2008 Olympian, most recently captured a gold and silver medal at the USRowing National Championships in West Windsor, N.J. in late June. He won his gold medal in the men's pair competition and captured silver in the men's eight.

    At the 2008 Olympics last summer in Beijing, Banks was part of the U.S. men's four boat that finished ninth.

    Cornelius was also part of that men's eight boat that took the silver medal, and was just edged out of gold in the men's pairs competition by Banks. But he would get that elusive gold medal by rowing as part of the victorious men's four boat at the regatta.

    The youngest of the U.S. Cardinal trio that will be at the worlds, Osborne comes off of a college season which saw him be part of a I Eight boat that captured the silver medal at the Pac-10 Championships and took home a national bronze medal at the IRA Championships. For his superior efforts on the water, Osborne earned a spot on the All-Pac-10 Team and was named the Pac-10 Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year.

    At the USRowing National Championships, he earned a gold medal as part of the winning men's eight boat, helping edge the silver medal-winning boat that fellow alumni Banks and Cornelius were on.

    Last summer, Osborne was part of the U.S. men's eight boat that captured the gold medal at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.

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