Central Catholic rowers to represent country at World Rowing Junior Championships
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Three members of the Central Catholic rowing team are on the team representing America at the World Rowing Junior Championships this week in Trakai, Lithuania.
Michael Grady and Alex Miklasevich, who will be juniors in the fall, are part of the men's four-plus boat.
Jake Wiedemer, a senior, is a member of the men's eight-plus boat.
Team members were selected following tryouts.
Central Catholic coach Jay Hammond said it is the first time the school is being represented at the world championships.
“We've had rowers who've made developmental squads, but none who've actually competed,” Hammond said.
“We're really proud of the boys,” Central Catholic assistant coach Alan Meininghaus said. “It's hard reaching (the world championships).”
Grady, Miklasevich and Wiedemer were part of the varsity eight boat that claimed Central Catholic's first national gold medal in rowing at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Regatta in May in Camden County, N.J.
The boat went on to finish fifth at the USRowing Youth National Championships in June in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Making their first international trips, Wiedemer, 17, and Miklasevich, 16, look forward to competing.
“I want to give an effort I've never given before,” Wiedemer said. “I never thought I would be here until about a month ago.”
“Our goal is to perform (as well as we have) in practice,” said Miklasevich, who is eager to win a gold medal.
The boys are happy to be on the same team.
“To share the experience makes it more enjoyable,” Wiedemer said.
“It's great to have two of my closest friends here with me,” Miklasevich said. “It makes going to a foreign country much easier.”
Rowers worked hard to prepare physically and mentally.
“Just having fitness is not enough,” Wiedemer said. “You need to have the right attitude and want it more than anyone else.”
The three rowers were among five from Central Catholic named to national teams this year.
Lucas Peilert, who will be a senior, was a member of the Junior Worlds Development team that trained and scrimmaged in small boats in Banyoles, Spain, the venue for rowing events in the 1992 Olympics.
Senior Matthew Kreps competed in the Canammex Regatta, which brought together junior teams from Canada, America and Mexico last month in Oklahoma City.
Peilert enjoyed rowing overseas.
“It was so neat meeting (other) rowers,” said Peilert, 17. “I learned a lot about how to adapt to another country.
“It felt good being really focused on rowing, with no distractions, and having the USA flag on my back.”
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Chryst a miserable failure at Pitt
- Pouliot scores in NHL debut as Penguins tame Panthers
- Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches’ firings
- Sony hack signals new, public front in cyber warfare
- IBM’s Watson supercomputing system to be applied to PTSD
- Pitt players support Rudolph for job
- Jeannette company’s miniature steam engines coveted for decades
- Steelers’ Bell, Chiefs’ Charles elevating running back position in NFL
- Energy sector adjusts to global oil plummet
- Pitt football fights to overcome steppingstone status
- PSU employee kicks cancer, picks up degree