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Central Catholic graduates compete at World Rowing championships

| Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:24 p.m.
Michael Grady (left) and Alex Miklasevich are competing at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
Michael Grady (left) and Alex Miklasevich are competing at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
Michael Grady (left) and Alex Miklasevich are competing at the U.S. at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
Michael Grady (left) and Alex Miklasevich are competing at the U.S. at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
Bradford Woods native Michael Grady is a rower at Cornell.
Bradford Woods native Michael Grady is a rower at Cornell.

Bradford Woods resident Michael Grady aims high after being named to a national rowing team for the second consecutive year.

Grady, 21, was tabbed for the men’s eight that is representing the U.S. at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships Wednesday to Sunday (July 25-29) in Poland.

“My goal has always been to make a boat and win a medal,” he said. “After getting fourth last year (in Bulgaria), it added more fuel to the fire.

“I want to win. That is everyone’s goal at this level.”

Grady, a Central Catholic graduate and a rising senior at Cornell, was one of 72 people who made the squad. It has 22 crews.

Grady, a veteran of two junior national teams, attended a selection camp in Seattle, Wash.

He was one of two Central Catholic graduates picked.

Alex Miklasevich, who will be a senior at Brown, was assigned to a four.

“It is good to have a friend around in such a competitive environment,” Grady said.

Central Catholic coach Jay Hammond believes it is the first time two former Vikings have made the team in the same year.

“Both guys are very, very good and will likely have a good shot at the U.S. Senior National Team and/or Olympic Team,” Hammond said.

Grady said that is his goal.

“I hope to have the honor of representing the USA at the Olympic level some day,” he said.

Grady, who is 6-foot-5, was seated seventh in an American eight that came in fourth at the World Cup III event July 13-15 in Switzerland.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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