WPI Contingent Advances at U.S. Rowing Olympic Trials

Contact: Neil Norum, WPI Media & Community Relations

Camden, N.J. -- A WPI contingent is competing at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Rowing Trials being held in Camden, N.J. from June 7-12. Eric Wilhelm '99 and Matt Beaton '00 are competing in the men's double lightweight. They are coached by F. David Ploss '70 and have been in training since the fall.

In their first race on June 8 against three other teams: Long Beach Rowing Assn., Undine BC (the national team), and another Undine BC team, they advanced to the Friday semi-finals with the national team. The WPI duo were 1.43 seconds behind the heat winner while the third and fourth place came in 28 and 35 seconds behind the winner.

The trials are being held on the Cooper River, a Philadelphia suburb, with more than 100 of the nation's top rowers attempting to qualify for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team and representation at the Sydney, Australia Olympics. The trials include men's and women's single sculls, men's and women's double sculls, men's quadruple sculls, men's and women's lightweight double sculls, and the men's and women's pair.

Further results of the trails as they progress can be found at www.usrowing.org/olympic/trailsresults.html.