Anders Weiss, a rising junior at Brown University, was recently selected for the men’s 8+ boat for the US team which will compete at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria. The championships are slated to being today, July 24, and run through Sunday. Anders recently finished a stellar sophomore campaign for the Brown University men’s boat, helping his team to a second place finish in the nation. Paul Cooke, head coach of Brown Men’s Crew and a Barrington resident, is the US Rowing coach of the U23 8+ boat.
• Did you have to try-out for the US team, or was there a selection process? “It was a selection process. They invited the top 17 rowers, collegiate rowers to try out for the 8 (the boat I made) and the straight 4.”
• How long have you been rowing? “I have been rowing for four years now. I started rowing at Narragansett Boat Club, and owe much of my success to the great people over there. I just want to thank one guy over there specifically, as he devoted so much of his free time and energy to making me fast. Peter Wilhelm, another Barrington resident, is one of the best high school coaches in the nation in my opinion. His attention to detail and desire for perfection has created, and will continue to create, world class athletes.”
• How did your college team (and you in particular) fare this year? “My college team (Brown) did very well this year. We placed second overall in the nation for team points, and in the varsity eight we got third in the nation (The boat I was in).”
• How do you feel about the team’s chances at worlds? “I feel great about the team’s chances at worlds. We have shown great speed since the beginning of the camp, and have only gotten much faster with the additional training from our coach Paul Cooke (another Barrington resident). The US has won gold in the eight the last two (years) and the running ‘joke’ is that we are not going to be the crew to break the streak.”
• What does it mean to you to participate in the world championships? “It means so much to me to be able to compete for the US in the world championships. I started this sport pretty late, and at no point did I ever expect to achieve this high level of competition.”
• Parting words: “I just want to thank everyone for supporting me throughout my many seasons of rowing. It has not been easy and would not have been possible without my family, friends, and teammates.”