PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rower Ben Dann '12 and coxswain Leigh Carroll '12, both members of the Brown men's crew, will represent the United States at the U23 World Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on July 21-24. Dann won the U23 men's single trial and finals at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Carroll was selected by US Rowing as the coxswain for the Women's Eight at the World Championships.
"Representing the United States as a U23 sculler is something I wanted to do for a long time and I feel honored to race for my country," said Dann. I was very nervous going into trials knowing there would be good competition. After earning my berth, some of that pressure has settled, but now I must prepare for even bigger challenges in Amsterdam."
Dann, representing the Craftsbury Sculling Center won the men's single sculls final with a time of 6:59.64, more than 17 seconds ahead of Aronson of Maritime Rowing Club (7:17.07).
"I didn't exactly see myself in the single scull because I have not had much experience racing it, but I think I am starting to get a feel for it now," remarked Dann. "I have been fortunate enough to have supportive parents and family, amazing coaches, and a tight extended family of rowing brothers to make the hard work fulfilling and fun. My experience so far as a Brown rower under coach Paul Cooke is part of the reason I am here, and is why I know I will have a great time racing this summer no matter what."
Dann, a member of the 2010 U23 four with coxswain, took an early lead, gaining two boat lengths of open water on the competition in the first 750 meters. Ryan Allen from Saratoga Rowing Association posted a 7:19.14, followed by Kynan Reelick, who took the last spot in the final with a 7:24.76.
Carroll is a rising senior at Brown majoring in International Relations. As the coxswain for the men's team, she has guided the Bears' Varsity Eight to two Eastern Sprints Championships, placed 5th, 5th and 3rd, respectively, in the past three IRA Championships, and finished 2nd in both the San Diego Crew Classic and the Royal Henley Regatta.