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Trio of Lightweight Rowers Headed to US World Championships

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Phil Grisdela     By Jim Aulenback

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Dartmouth lightweight rowing alumni Nick Dawe (Cincinnati, Ohio), Phil Grisdela (Great Falls, Va.) and David Smith (Seattle, Wash.) have earned spots on the US Senior National Team and will race at the US World Championships Aug. 14-19 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The rowers earned their spots at the World Championship Trials held on Mercer Lake, in West Windsor, N.J. on Wednesday (July 11).  

A recent graduate, Grisdela will be joined by Dawe, who was a member of the Big Green squad from 2007-10, in the lightweight eight while Smith '08 will race in the lightweight quad.

In the lightweight eight event, Griselda and Dawe, along with members from Community Rowing Inc., and Riverside Boat Club, earned their spot with a time of 5:57.83, a four-second advantage over the Vesper Boat Club entry, which took second with a time of 6:02.13.

Smith's quad rowed uncontested and crossed the finish line with a time of 6:15.89, earning him a spot in the championship.

The junior and senior world championship events and trials are combined in an Olympic year to accommodate athletes who compete in boat classes not contested at the Olympic Games.

Grisdela led the Dartmouth lightweight crew team to a second-place finish at the IRA Nationals in June while Dawe helped the Big Green to a sixth-place finish at Nationals in 2010.

For a full recap on the Senior World Championship Trials click HERE.