Another U.Va. Swimmer Bound for London; Rower in ’16?
On Sunday, USA Swimming announced that former Cavalier Matt McLean (right) was added to the Olympic roster for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. The 2011 graduate finished fifth in the 200 free at the Olympic Trials. He joins current Cavalier Lauren Perdue on the U.S. team; they will be the fourth and fifth Cavalier swimmers to represent the U.S. in Olympic competition. Five others have represented different countries.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Furlong, a member of U.Va.’s club rowing team, earned a berth on the U.S. under-23 national team last week as a lightweight single sculler. He will represent the U.S. at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, to be held July 11-15 in Trakai, Lithuania.
Making the under-23 team is often regarded as a stepping-stone to a possible future Olympic berth.
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UPDATE, July 5, 3 p.m.: Add some more U.Va. rowers to that U.S. under-23 team! Graduated senior Martha Kuzzy and rising senior Kristine O’Brien also were named to the team that will compete in Lithuania. Kuzzy will compete in the quadruple sculls and O’Brien will be a part of the women’s eight.
Kuzzy and O’Brien become the seventh and eighth competitors with Virginia ties at the World Under-23s. Rising junior Carli Goldberg and graduated senior Cara Linnenkohl will represent the United States in the women’s double sculls, while rising senior Susanne Grainger and former Cavalier Christine Roper (Class of 2011) will row for Canada in the women’s 4- (without a coxswain). Incoming freshman Holly Nixon will compete in the women’s double sculls for Ireland.
We’ll be expecting a photo of all the ‘Hoos in Lithuania …