Treubert Races to Silver Medal at 2017 World Rowing U-23 Championships
PLOVDIV, Bulgaria – Over the weekend, rising senior Austin Treubert and his United States lightweight men’s four crew raced its way onto the podium with a second-place finish at the 2017 World Rowing U-23 Championships. Taking on an international field in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Treubert’s team was one of five American crews to medal at the event and one of two to tally a silver medal.
Racing with a four-man crew of Holy Cross’ Vincent LaMonte, Wisconsin’s Kyle James and Marietta College’s Jack Gleim, the United States’ lightweight men’s four clocked in with a time of 6:07.89 to come in behind Italy, but hold off a very game Indonesian team. France and Germany rounded out the field in the gold medal final.
“I had a great experience,” remarked Treubert. “Being able to represent the USA on that level of competition is an honor. We brought together a small camp of lightweight towers in New Jersey and the Princeton National Rowing Association and did some seat racing to ultimately end up with the lineup we took to Worlds. I was the two-seat so I was in charge of giving commands and updates throughout the race and telling the crew when to makes moves.”
In the championship final, the Italians were at the front of the pack for the majority of the race as the American boat sat in fifth place at the halfway, 1000-meter mark. After overtaking France and Germany over the next 500-meters, Treubert and his teammates set their sights on Indonesia down the stretch. Down 1.66 seconds with 500 meters to go, the Americans closed out the race with split of 1:31.60 well surpassing the 1:34.78 set down by Indonesia. The final times for the medalists were a 6:06.540 for Team Italy, 6:07.890 for Team USA and a 6:09.410 for Team Indonesia.
“The A Final race was quite an interesting one,” said Treubert. “We were running in fifth place at the half way mark, and at that point I made the call for us to bring up the pressure and stroke rating. From there we just put our noses to the grind stone and it felt great as we took down France, then Germany, then Indonesia heading into the finish. We finished just over a second and a half back on Italy.
“All and all we were very pleased with the outcome. While ideally we wanted first place, it was amazing to earn the USA its first medal in the Lightweight Four since 2010, which was actually the last time a Navy rower, Ed "Mix" King, was in the boat during his time at USNA.”
Treubert will return to Annapolis to begin his senior year in August. A three-year member of the Mids’ lightweight varsity eight crew, he will look to continue the growth of the program that saw the varsity eight collect cup victories over Columbia, Princeton and Georgetown this past spring.
“I couldn't be more thankful to the Naval Academy and the long list of staff and personnel that supported me and helped make this happen. I look forward to bringing back and sharing this experience with my teammates back in Hubbard Hall.”