THE USA LIGHTWEIGHT EIGHT NEEDS YOU!
Thank you for visiting the United States Lightweight Men’s Eight team page, and for supporting our fundraising efforts toward bringing home gold from the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France (Aug 30 – Sep 6).
As athletes in a non-funded category (the men's lightweight eight), we are entirely responsible for all expenses associated with the trip, including airline tickets, equipment, lodging, ground transportation, and food. The projected cost amounts to ~$5,000.00 per athlete, totaling ~$50,000.00 for the traveling team. Any and all support would be greatly appreciated, and all donations will go a long way towards getting us atop the podium in France.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please click the contribute button on the right and specify the amount you would like to donate.
Thank you very much in advance for your charitable gift, and GO USA!
- USA LM8+
***The National Rowing Foundation's tax ID is 13-2554312; if you are requesting matching funds from your employer or other institution, use this number and specify that the gift is for the Lightweight Men's 8+***
The boys in this boat
Affiliation: New York Athletic Club
Jack is a three-time member of the United States rowing team and has won Henley Royal Regatta, the Head of the Charles Regatta, and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (all in 2013). Jack is proud to represent the New York Athletic Club. For the past five years, Jack has trained under coaches Henry Bailhache-Webb and Richard Spratley at Oxford Brookes Boat Club, a High Performance Centre for the British team and, along with Leander Club, one of Great Britain's two most successful rowing clubs. Jack finished 8th in the coxed pairs at the 2014 World Championships in Amsterdam and 5th in the lightweight eights at the 2011 World Championships in Bled. Jack has coxed both the men's and women's Great Eights at the Head of the Charles and coached Oriel College Boat Club to the Oxford headship (1st place/college championship) in both years he served as head coach (2012 and 2014). He finished 4th out of 404 in the 2012 Head of the River Race and holds the record time to the Barrier in the Britannia Cup (coxed fours) at Henley. He coxed the winning crew in the 2011 Oxford-Cambridge lightweight boat race; the first Georgetown varsity heavyweight crew to make an EARC grand final; and the last BB&N 1st boat to win the Ducey Cup race against Belmont Hill.
Affiliation: California Rowing Club
Matt began rowing with the Oakland Strokes Rowing Club his sophomore year of high school before transferring to Oregon State University where he rowed for two years as part of the 1f and 1v. He finished up his collegiate career rowing with the men of Boston University. Currently he is living the dream, training out of California Rowing Club in Oakland, CA, while living back with his family. He would like to thank all his past coaches and current coach Bernhard for teaching him to row and he would like to especially thank his family and mother for supporting him. This will be Matt's first international regatta.
Affiliation: Virginia Rowing Association
Dave is really, really grateful to be here. He credits this season’s successes to Frank Biller, who allowed him to train alongside Frank’s University of Virginia Men’s Rowing team, using the stronger, younger, and better-looking athletes to push his old-man limits. Dave first started rowing in 2001 for Jim Bargfrede at the Lakeside School in Seattle, WA. In 2007 his Dartmouth light eight won and set a course record at the Eastern Sprints under coach Steve Perry. 2012 was Smith’s first National Team in the light men’s quad, returning in 2013 as part of a light quad coached by Chris McElroy. This will be his third National Team but not his first time rowing for coach Bruce Smith, who has working with Dave on and off since 2008. Dave loves rowing; Dave loves pugs.
Jack began rowing in 2006 at Gonzaga College High School. He continued rowing in college for Georgetown University on the lightweight team where he was a team captain in 2012-2013. Since graduation, Jack has stayed in Washington, DC rowing for Potomac Boat Club and DC Elite Rowing. This is Jack's first senior team, but he competed for the U23 squad in 2012 in the LM2-. Rowing has been a family affair for Jack as his parents both rowed competitively in the elite rowing scene, and he has shoes to fill as his mother was a member of the World Champion 1984 Lightweight Women's Eight. Outside of rowing, Jack is a middle school math and social studies teacher for Holy Trinity School in Georgetown.
Affiliation: Seattle Rowing Center
Alex is a doctoral student in economics at the University of Washington studying econometrics and international macroeconomics. Prior to begining his graduate studies, Alex worked as a coach at Holy Names Academy, where he continues to provide support as a coach and volunteer. Alex studied mathematics and economics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where he also first learned to row. Among his most memorable collegiate rowing experiences was his appearance at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta in 2007 in the men's varsity four-with-coxswain. Prior to rowing, Alex was a varsity swimmer in high school and also a student of martial arts. The 2015 World Championship Regatta will be his first race as a part of Team USA.
Affiliation: Malta Boat Club
Chris learned to row for the prestigious Bishop Moore Highschool rowing program in Orlando, Florida. He walked onto the club program for University of Central Florida and then tranfered to Florida Tech on full scholarship for his sophmore and junior years. In 2007 his boat earned a bronze medal in the Varsity 8 at the Dad Vail Regatta. During college he competed at the 2007 U23 World Championships. After college he moved to Philadelphia, the beacon of amazing rowing to row for Vesper, Penn AC, and now Malta. In 2011 he finished 5th in the light quad at the Senior World Championships.
Affiliation: Riverside Boat Club
Peter first learned to row at Narragansett Boat Club in Providence, RI. When he went off to college at Drexel University, he walked onto the rowing team where he was a four year athlete and won the men's pair event at the Dad Vail Regatta in both 2010 and 2011. After graduating from Drexel with a degree in engineering, Peter moved to Washington, DC where he trained at Potomac Boat Club. He moved up to Boston in 2014 to train at Riverside Boat Club, and made his first national team appearance rowing in the lightweight quad at the 2014 World Championships in Amsterdam, where he placed 7th overall. Peter currently works part-time as an engineer at ARUP to support his rowing habit. When he’s not training, you can usually find him in the kitchen cooking and eating. His teammates might tell you that Peter talks about food more than anyone else on the team.
Affiliation: Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Phil learned to row in 2004 at The Hun School in Princeton, NJ. He continued to row at Dartmouth College, where he studied Biomedical Engineering. He was captain of the 2010-2011 Dartmouth Lightweight Crew that won a silver medal at Eastern Sprints and a bronze medal at the IRA. Training out of Riverside Boat Club, he made the U23 National team in the lightweight pair the following summer and raced to a 9th place finish at the U23 World Championships in Amsterdam. Wanting to keep the ball rolling, Phil joined the Craftsbury GRP team in April of 2012. The 2015 World Championships would be his second national team appearance but his first at the senior level.
Affiliation: Riverside Boat Club/NYAC
Tobin started rowing in 2005 at the New York Athletic Club, being coached by his father. Tobin continued his rowing at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he rowed in the V8+, competed in the Henley Royal Regatta, and won medals at the HOCR and New England Rowing Championships. Upon graduating with a degree in chemical engineering in 2010, Tobin attended the Under23 camp for the LM4x at Vesper boat club in Philadelphia. Tobin earned a seat and competed at the Under23 World Championships in Belarus and placed 12th. Afterward, Tobin moved back to NY, got a job at IBM, and trained under the NYAC. In 2013, Tobin got married, moved to Boston, and made the US Lightweight 8+ at CRI and competed in South Korea at the World Championships and placed 3rd. This is Tobin's third opportunity to compete for team USA.
Tax Deductible Contribution
Your donation will go to the National Rowing Foundation and directly support these athletes. 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
Select A Support Level
$25Postcard from worldsDonate $25 and one member of the lightweight 8 will send you a personalized postcard from the World Championships this September.
$100USA HatDonate $100 and receive a navy blue headsweat hat with the national team crest.
$250USA PoloDonate $250 dollars and you will receive a USA supporter polo, women's size medium
$250USA PoloDonate $250 dollars and you will receive a USA supporter polo, men's size large
$500Polo and PhotoDonate $500 and receive a USA polo as well as a framed photo of the 2015 US Lightweight 8+ signed by all members of the boat
$1,000USA Racing uni, Polo, Hat, PhotoDonate $1000 and receive a USA national team racing uni, USA polo, USA hat and a framed photo of the 2015 US Lightweight 8+ signed by all members of the boat