BERKELEY – Once again, California women’s rowing is strongly represented in the United States National Team program this summer.
Four-time All-American Kara Kohler, who completed her outstanding career with the Golden Bears earlier this month, has re-joined the U.S. Senior National Team that will compete in the 2014 World Rowing Championships Aug. 24-31 in Amsterdam.
"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Kara and see her develop into an Olympian and one of the best rowers we' e had in our program,” California head women’s crew coach Dave O’Neill said. “Kara has always been a very hard worker. She has high expectations for herself and works very hard to achieve the goals she's set for herself and, more importantly, those of the team. As great of an athlete as she is, she is an even better person, and I'm going to greatly miss working her."
O’Neill is coaching the U.S. U23 National Team selection camp that is currently taking place in Berkeley through July 5. Agatha Nowinski, a two-time All-American who stroked Cal’s varsity eight the past two seasons, is one of three Golden Bears invited to the U23 team selection camp. Rising junior Kendall Chase, who rowed the seven-seat in Cal’s varsity eight this past year, and rising senior Lindsay Meltz, who coxed the Golden Bears’ varsity eight in 2014, were also invited to the prestigious selection camp.
"The U23 camp is off to a good start, and I'm impressed with the women who are here,” O’Neill said. “One of the first things we've done was to establish a team atmosphere. Even though there are so many different programs represented and they were fierce competitors just a week earlier at NCAA's, everyone has come together very well, and it is starting to show in the quality of be rowing.
"The goals for this team are obviously to do well at U23, but more importantly we are looking ahead to the 2016 and 2020 Olympics,” O’Neill added. “This group should be the core of the U.S. team in Tokyo in 2020, and it looks like the future is very bright."
The U23 camp will resume July 8 in Princeton, N.J. as final selections are made and final preparations get underway for the U23 World Rowing Championships July 23-27 in Varese, Italy.
The four Golden Bears guided Cal to a third-place finish in the varsity eight at the NCAA Championships earlier this month, leading the Bears to a second-place team finish at the NCAAs.
Kohler, Nowinski and Chase each represented the United States in the Sydney World Cup in Australia in March. Kohler and Nowinski raced a pair, reaching the A Final and finishing sixth overall. Chase and fellow Golden Bear Rosie Popa rowed in another U.S. pair that won the B Final.