Welcome to our fundraising effort page!
We have the honor and privelege of representing the United States this summer in the Men's Lightweight Pair at the U23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (July 22-26).
Our boat is made up of Alexander (Zander) Bonorris (Corte Madera, CA) and Jordan Tewksbury-Volpe (Naples, Italy). We are coached by Ian Accomando (Somerville, MA). Zander and Jordan have the unique experience of already having rowed at the U23 World Championships last summer, in Varese, Italy, in the u23 LM4-. We were happy with our campaign last year, but it left us hungry for more international competition. We aimed to really challenege ourselves this year in a smaller boat class and arrived at the decision to trial the LM2- at the USRowing U23 Trials at Lake Mercer, NJ in late June. We were fortunate enough to have a strong preliminary time trial which gave us confidence and set us up well for the final that we raced a few days later. The final was a good first test of speed against another crew and we were pleased with our result and delighted to be selected as the US U23 LM2-!
The strength of this crew is centered in our ability as racers. We love training, we love working tirelessly on our technique to improve our efficiency and smoothness, but, above all, we love racing. There is nothing like lining up at the starting platform, taking a quick gander at your competition, and enduring the increasing flutter of butterflies as you await, "Attention. Go!" Then you get the next six and a half minutes to burn off all of that nervous energy - and then some! - racing full out for ourselves, for each other, and for Old Glory. This year will be particularly exciting as the stroke of our crew, Zander, and the stroke of Great Britain's crew, Tommy Marshall, have rowed together in the Harvard Lightweight Varsity for the past two years. Now they will square off as competitors for the first time, with a lifetime of bragging rights and national pride on the line. It should be a jolly good fight!
Zander grew up in Marin County, California, where he was lucky to first get into rowing at the Marin Rowing Association. Rowing for four years there allowed him to let his competitive nature come out and manifest in hard work and, fortunately, good results. Rowing shaped his high school experience and motivated him to row in college, and he rowed at Harvard College for the past four years on the Harvard Lightweight team, captaining his last two years. His proudest season of rowing so far was his sophomore year, 2013, in college as he sat in the varsity crew which went undefeated all year, winning the Head of the Charles Lightweight 8+, the Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championship.
That summer was especially wonderful as he had the honor of representing Harvard, along with three of his teammates from the 2013 8+, in the Visitors Challenge event at Henley Royal Regatta. In that straight four they were able to advance all the way to the Sunday final, where they raced hard but ultimately fell to their heavyweight counterparts from Harvard’s Newell Boathouse. The summer following, rowing the straight four yet again along with Jordan at U23 Worlds was Zander’s first taste of international lightweight rowing.
The experience left him very much starved for more international racing experience and opportunities to battle with the best lightweights of the age group. This summer is a fantastic opportunity to yet again gain crucial racing experience and serves as a test of oarsmanship, which is massively exciting! Furthermore, as he has aspirations to continue rowing beyond this summer in hopes of making senior national team boats, this is an important step in that process.
This will be Jordan’s third time representing the USA on the international stage. Those first two years were important steps in building international racing experience, and this year he hopes to exceed past results. Jordan grew up in Naples, Italy where he had the fortune to row under the guidance of one of the best coaches in Italy, Antonio Colamonici, who now heads the Italian Junior National Team. He brings this Italian flair and boat feel to the pair, as he attempts to tame the rough and tumble nature of Zander. He came to the United States in 2012 to begin his studies and continue his rowing at The George Washington University. Volpe has, for three years, been a staple of the first Varsity crew at GW, where he will be entering his fourth and final year.
Combined, we have a wealth of rowing experience, and most importantly the desire to always improve. Our training the past month has been exceptionally fulfilling, for the both of us, because being in the smallest sweep boat allows subtle changes to dramatically benefit the boat speed. We have greatly appreciated the heightened responsibility that the pair demands of each rower, compared to the eight man rowing we are used to at school. As we enter our last two weeks of training in the states, we expect, and look forward to some brutal workouts, weight maintenance, and most importantly, a lot of fun!
We feel very fortunate to have had the past summer's experience of rowing together. We learned what makes each other tick inside and outside of the boat and we have become good friends. It will be a true joy to travel to Plovdiv and race together for the Red, White, and Blue!
Thank you for your support! We are hoping to raise enough funds to cover the cost of the trip. Your contributions will help to cover hotel, dining, on-site travel, flights, and boat rental. Other than that, we are amateur athletes who are doing this because it is fun and we want to win! We truly appreciate any assistance you can provide to help turn our dream into a reality.
We hope that you are having, and continue to have a great summer! Thank you very much for taking the time to read our stories and for your consideration. All donations are tax deductible.
Thanks and Go Team USA!
Zander and Jordan
Tax Deductible Contribution
Your donation will go to the National Rowing Foundation and directly support this athlete(s). Your donation is considered tax deductible and you will receive an email receipt with important tax document necessary for any available federal income tax deduction. Thank you again!
To Donate by Check
If you prefer to donate by check - please make your check payable to the National Rowing Foundation write "Senior Team" and the boat name on the memo line and send to 67 Mystic Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359