LUCERNE, Switzerland – Four former California men’s crew standouts excelled at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup #3 at the Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland this past weekend. Zach Vlahos, Nareg Guregian and Will Dean, who each graduated Cal in 2010, along with 2011 graduate Spencer Crowley, each represented the Golden Bears in the world championships. Vlahos and Guregian served in the United States eight and Dean and Crowley were members of Canada’s four.
Led by Vlahos (coxswain) and Guregian, the United States captured the gold medal in the eight. The U.S. defeated four-time defending world and Olympic champion Germany with a time of 5:22.26, winning by 0.38 seconds. It was the United States’ first medal at the world cup since 2008.
“We won the heat, but we still knew that Germany would be really fast off the start,” said Vlahos told Row2K.com. “We talked about it, and we knew we had to be prepared to be down going into that middle part of the race.
“We were confident in our base speed and we wanted to grind them down in the middle,” Vlahos added. “Then it was ‘who wants it more’ in the last 500 meters. That is about as tight as it gets. We went up, and then they actually came back on us, and we ended up crossing the line first. We were just happy to be able to stick with them. It was a race in the last 500 and we’re just happy to cross first. Credit to the guys in the boat; it was a gutsy performance.”
Vlahos and Guregian teamed with Tom Peszek, Thomas Dethlefs, Steven Kasprzyk, Glenn Ochal, Austin Hack, Ross James and Ian Silveira in the gold-medal-winning boat.
The United States also captured gold in the men’s four over the weekend.
Crowley and Dean were members of the Canadian four that placed third in the B final and captured ninth overall at the world cup. Canada posted a time of 5:59.69 in the B final, 4.56 seconds back of first-place Czech Republic and 1.64 seconds behind second-place Croatia.