May 23, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin rowing boasts a long tradition of national team and Olympic rowing. Four current Badgers look to continue that tradition with their invitations to 2014 USRowing Under-23 National Team Selection Camps.
On the men's side, sophomores Patrick Muto (Barrington, Ill.) and Michael Knippen (Germantown, Wis.) and redshirt junior Jim Letten (Deerfield, Ill.) look to make the 2014 U.S. Under-23 National Team, while women's junior rower Anne Rauschert (Bushnell, Ill.) hopes to make the team for the second consecutive year.
Like the two of the others, Muto already boasts international rowing experience. Wisconsin's varsity eight stroke from last week's Eastern Sprints, he competed at the 2012 Junior World Championships, placing fifth in the eight competing in Bulgaria.
Letten's international experience came last summer as part of the U.S. men's eight that took sixth at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Rauschert returns to the camp a newly-minted second-team All-Big Ten rower after helping UW's varsity eight to a fourth-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. She won gold with the women's eight at the 2013 World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Austria.
The men's selection camp, which will select the U.S. eight and four, will take place in Oakland, California, with former Badger Olympian Matt Smith among the coaching staff. The camp begins June 9, with selections possibly lasting through July 6. The camp moves to Princeton, New Jersey, from July 12-18, for training alongside the U.S. senior eight and straight four.
The women's camp opens June 8 at the University of California in Berkeley, California, and run through July 5. The camp will resume on July 8 in Princeton, New Jersey, for final championships preparation.
The World Rowing Under 23 Championships are July 23-27 in Varese, Italy.