HANOVER, N.H. – A pair of Dartmouth lightweight rowing alums – Nick Dawe ’10 and Dave Smith ’08 –were named to the USA Lightweight Men’s 4- during the USRowing Senior World Trials.
The duo will be coached by fellow Big Green lightweight alum Matt Muffelman ’03 at the 2017 Senior World Championship, which will take place in Sarasota, Florida.
“We’re excited to have Matt Muffelman on board as our coach,” said Dawe. “We are confident his own experience and success as a USA lightweight gold medalist on the international level will help us to achieve our best possible result at the World Championship.”
Both Smith and Dawe have followed similar paths as rowing coaches and full-time athletes this year. They have spent most of their time training in the single scull with an eye on representing the United States in a year when the world rowing championships take place on home soil for the first time in over two decades.
“As Club/Elite Nationals approached,” Dawe continued, “I had shifted gears from sculling toward focusing on the pair for senior trials and was planning to race in that event. After chatting with some other lightweight rowers, the gears started turning toward trying out a four. My pair partner and I connected with Dave, who was racing the single, and with Andrew Neils on board as well, we decided to test out a lineup at nationals and see if there was potential for speed.”
The four combo went 6:13.9, going down the course in their first row together in the Senior/Elite 4- event just after Smith raced in the Senior/Elite 1x finals and Dawe competed in the Senior/Elite LM2- final.
Smith, a coach at the Pocock Rowing Center, and Dawe, who coaches at the New York Athletic Club, bring plenty of experience to the crew. This will be Smith’s fourth appearance at the Senior World Championship after a bronze medal performance in the USA Lightweight 8 in 2015. Dawe will be competing a second time at the Senior World Championship immediately following a stint as a coach for the USA under-23 National Team this year. They are joined by Andrew Neils of the 2014 USA Lightweight Men’s 4x, and Tom Foster, a current oarsman at Oxford University.