PRINCETON, N.J. – Duke rowers Alex Japhet and Emily Theys have been selected to the USRowing U-23 National Team and will represent the nation at the 2011 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships on July 21-24 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Both Japhet and Theys were selected from camp for the women’s quadruple sculls (W4x), one of 21 boats that Team USA will send to the World Championships in Amsterdam. The Championship will include teams from every continent and a record 63 nations.
“Making the U23 National Team was my goal from the start of the 2010-11 season,” said Theys, a 6-1 sophomore from Stoughton, Wis. “I've had to deal with a few hiccups along the way, but my coaches, family, teammates and friends have been there to support me. I feel incredibly grateful and honored to have made the team because it was a fight the entire camp. Everyone wanted to make the boat and the level of competition was at a height that I had never experienced. We made our coaches’ jobs incredibly difficult when it came to selection because competition was tight across the board.
“This will be my first time competing at a World Championship, but I'd like to treat it as a normal race,” Theys said, speaking about the upcoming FISA World Championships in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. “Everyone wants to do well because we are now representing not only ourselves, but our country as well.“
Said Japhet, who also competed with the National Team at the Junior World's in Beijing in 2007 in the pair, “I felt prepared for the stress and physical demands of the selection, having been through this camp scenario several times with competitive development camps. It was harder than other camps I’ve done because I was not quite comfortable with my sculling stroke. I couldn’t really rely on muscle memory and years of previous strokes as the sweeping athletes do."
In the USRowing U-23 quad, Japhet and Theys will join fellow ACC rower and All-America First Team selection Kristine O’Brien of Virginia and Rosemary Papa of University of California Berkley.