Aug. 8, 2011
California rower Kara Kohler and Golden Bear alums Nareg Guregian and Julie Nichols will represent the United States as part of the 26 U.S. crews competing at the 2011 World Rowing Championships scheduled for Aug. 28 to Sept. 4 in Bled, Slovenia.
Kohler will participate in the women's four, Guregian will compete in the men's eight and Nichols in the lightweight double sculls.
In addition to the two Bears competing, Cal women's crew head coach Dave O'Neill will be a part of the U.S. coaching staff. O'Neill will coach the lightweight coxless double sculls.
Besides the American Cal rowers participating, a number of Cal rowers will compete for other countries. On the women's side, recent graduate Iva Obradovic (1x) will row for her native Serbia, while current Cal rower Kristina Lofman will represent Norway (2x). For the men, Jovan Popovic will join Obradovic on the Serbian side, as he will row in the pairs, while Olivier Siegelaar will compete in the men's eight for The Netherlands. Representing Canada, Will Dean will be rowing in the four and Scott Frandsen in the pairs.
A two-time All-American, Kohler currently rows on Cal's varsity 8+ boat. She won the gold medal in the eight at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Brest, Belarus. Kohler also garnered Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year honors in 2010.
Guregian, the 2010 Pac-10 Athlete of the Year, competed in the coxed pairs at the 2010 World Championships. He also brought home a silver medal as a member of the U.S. Junior National team at the 2009 World Rowing Under-23 Championships.
Last May, O'Neill won his second straight Pac-10 Coach of the Year Award, the sixth of his coaching career. Also the recipient of the last two CRCA West Region Coach of the Year awards, O'Neill guided the Bears to their fourth-consecutive Pac-10 title on May 15.
Earlier this summer at the U23 World Championships, Rosie Popa represented Cal and the U.S. in the quad sculls, while Lofman competed in the pairs for her native Norway.