WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 2 - Summer 1996

Ploss leads U.S. world crew team

F. David Ploss '70, WPI crew coach from 1972 to 1986, led a contingent of rowers at the World Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland, in early August. Although he has been involved with the U.S. team since 1989, this was his first opportunity to coach at the Worlds. The four-man team, which trains locally on Lake Quinsigamond, competed in the lightweight quadruple scull event.

The Worlds are held for events not contested in the Olympic games due to financial constraints. Ploss notes that while the Worlds may not have the prestige of the Olympics, these athletes are the equal of any Olympic competitors in their events. "All four athletes are outstanding rowers; a couple just missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team."

Barry Klein, the bow, rowed at Grand Valley State in Michigan. He was a member of three World Championship and two Pan American Games teams. Klein and his doubles partner won the Pan American Games in the 1995 lightweight doubles. He was an alternate in this event for the Olympics in Atlanta.

James J. (Jay) Feenan, a 1980 WPI graduate who majored in mechanical engineering, has been on the U.S. team for the World Championships since 1989 in the double or the quadruple sculls. He finished third in the lightweight doubles at the Olympic trials.

Sean Kammann is a junior at Princeton University. He won the Eastern Sprints and the IRA Regattas this year as stroke of the Princeton heavyweight JV crew, and finished third in the lightweight fours at the Olympic trials. Kammann was the U.S. single sculler at the Junior World Championships in 1993 and 1994.

John Velyvis, who served the boat as stroke, is a 1989 graduate of Harvard University. A fourth-year medical student at Columbia University, he took a leave of absence to train for the Olympics and finished third in the lightweight fours at the trials. He has been on the U.S. teams for the World Championships and Pan American Games since 1990.

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