Alex Gregory prepares for British Rowing Championship 1

Although Alex Gregory may have added yet another world title to his collection last month, the former Evesham Rowing Club ace has confirmed that he will be taking nothing for granted in this weekend’s British Championship.

You only need to take a slight glance at Gregory’s CV to see how awesome it is. He won the Olympic coxless four gold medal at London 2012 and the same European title two years later. He also has five world crowns to his name.

The last of these world crowns came at the beginning of September. The 31-year-old was part of Britain’s victorious men’s eight crew that secured victory in Aiguebelette in France. Matt Gotrel, Constantine Louloudis, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash, Will Satch and Phelan Hill were also in the crew.

Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director, said, “I am really pleased with our Championships performance. The men’s eight winning gold was a great way to finish.”

Gregory is now turning his attention to Nottingham, where he is hoping to secure another national victory, and to Rio 2016.

“Basically, after the World Championships, the slate is wiped clean within the GB team and we have to earn our place back within the team,” he says.

He adds, “We have to earn our seat back in the boats. Every test and every trial is important, in fact every day is important. The coaches monitor every single thing you do on the water, there is never a let-up, there’s never a time to relax.”

Wonderful day of college rowing at Schuylkill, results better than expected 2

This past Saturday The Bryn Mawr team crew started their 2015-16 campaign with their first regatta for the fall season. This was, of course, the Navy Day Regatta on the Schuylkill River. The Owls also had three boats in action.

Open/Collegiate 8+, Penn’s A boat clocked 13:55.30 beyond the three miles, which was more than five seconds infront of Navy (14:00.38) in second place. Penn’s B boat was in 10th position overall, in 14:41.49. The Quakers‘ C boat finished in 12 position with 15:06.26. They were competing for a total of 20 points in the division.

Gaining 13th place in the final, the Owls were the Division III team that finished the highest at the event. Bryn Mawr beat teams from the Catholic, Rutgers-Camden and TCNJ. The Owls also finished infront of boats from all over the Division, such as La Salle and Maryland.

The Shoremen Boat Line-Ups were as follows:

Open/Collegiate Eight: John Gould (helmsman), Mark Boissonneault (seven), Zee Ali (stroke), Ian Briggs (six), Ryan Miranda (five), Teddy’connell (four), Chris Eggstein (two), Joe Stockburger (three) and Samson Ramasamy (bow).
The collegiate Four: Matt Dimond (bow), Tori Swanson (helmsman), Ethan LaLumia (stroke), Jeffrey Wrobel (two), Theo Aris (three)
Collegiate Frosh/Novice Four “A”: Alex Kincaid (helmsman), John Brown (stroke), Dimond (three), Ethan Grugan (bow), Daniel Benton (two).
Collegiate Frosh/Novice Four “B”: Jacob Yallof (helmsman), Lee Potter (stroke), Nate Bonsib (three), Andrea Walters (two), Chuck Marchesani (bow).

Overall it was a great day out on the river and it looks like all involved had a great deal of fun and displayed some powerful rowing.