Current, Former Lion Coaches to Represent US Rowing at 2013 World Cup III
A trio of rowers for US crews have ties to the LMU coaching staff.
July 11, 2013
One current LMU coach and two former Lion coaches will represent the United States this weekend as US Rowing sends 14 crews to the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Katelin Snyder, an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the last two years under third-year head coach Vaclav Kacir, will serve as coxswain of the women's eight as she pursues her Olympic dream. Snyder, Kerry Simmonds (San Diego, Calif.), Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.), Lauren Schmetterling (Moorestown, N.J.), Grace Luczak (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Heidi Robbins (Hanover, N.H.), Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.), Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.) will take on five other crews in the event. Snyder won gold in the women's eight at the 2010 World Rowing Cup III and took home gold in the women's eight at the 2009 World Championships.
Glenn Ochal, who is currently LMU's volunteer assistant, will row for the men's eight. Teamed with coxswain Zach Vlahos (Piedmont, Calif.), Tom Peszek (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Thomas Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Steven Kasprzyk (Cinnaminson, N.J.), Austin Hack (Old Lyme, Conn.), Nareg Guregian (North Hills, Calif.), Ross James (DeKalb, Ill.) and Ian Silveira (West Bloomfield, Mich.), the men's eight returns to the water after posting a victory at the USRowing National Championships last week in West Windsor, N.J. Ochal, a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games, finished eighth in the quadruple sculls at the 2011 World Rowing Championships, qualifying for the Olympic Games while rowing alongside former Lion Warren Anderson.
Robert Duff, who served as a volunteer assistant in the Lion rowing program during the 2011-12 season, will be racing in the men's lightweight four. Duff, Robin Prendes (Miami, Fla.), Will Daly (Vail, Colo.) and Anthony Fahden (Lafayette, Calif.) will take on 15 crews in the event. Prendes and Fahden return from the 2012 Olympic crew that finished eighth in London. Duff finished fourth in the lightweight double sculls and sixth in the quadruple sculls at the 2011 Pan American Games, while also finishing fifth in the lightweight eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships.
The World Rowing Cup series was launched in 1997 and includes all 14 Olympic boat classes. The overall World Rowing Cup winners are determined after a series of three regattas. Following the two initial stages of the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup held in Sydney (AUS) and at Eton Dorney (GBR), it is Great Britain leading the overall World Cup standings with 140 points. Australia currently ranks second with 99 points and New Zealand has 97 points.
For more information, timetable and results visit www.worldrowing.com.
The World Cup finals will be video-streamed live on Sunday, July 14 at www.worldrowing.com/video.