Sights On Switzerland

Sights On Switzerland

LUCERNE, Switzerland – A busy summer of international competition continues for the Cal men's rowing team when the World Rowing Cup III begins on Friday in Lucerne, Switzerland. The third and final World Rowing Cup of 2018 will feature five current Golden Bears – Hunter Hodges, Maarten Hurkmans, Ferdinand Querfeld, Christoph Seifriedsberger, and Joachim Sutton - and four recent graduates – Morgan Hellen, Niki van Sprang, Alex Wallis, and Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk - racing for their respective countries.

The full schedule of racing, as well as line-ups and watch information can be found at Racing begins on Friday with heats, while the finals are slated for Sunday.

After winning bronze at the World Rowing Cup II earlier this summer in Austria, Hurkmans will be racing once again in the Netherlands' eight. A rising senior for the Bears, Hurkmans won gold with the Dutch eight at Under-23 World Rowing Championships in both 2016 and 2017, while also charting a fifth-place finish at the 2017 World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne.

Querfeld, a rising senior, and Seifriedsberger, a rising junior, also return to action looking to build on their performance at the World Rowing Cup II. The Cal teammates will be competing together in the Austrian pair, charting a second-place finish in the B final of this event on their home race course in late June.

An All-Pac-12 selection at the end of the 2018 season, Sutton will be racing for Denmark in the four. The rising senior competed in the four at the World Rowing Cup III last summer as well as at senior world championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Hodges, a rising senior from Seattle, and Wallis '18 will be racing together in the United States' four in preparation for the Under-23 World Rowing Championships later this summer.

Cal's alumni contingent also looks to have a successful showing in Switerzland. Hellen '16 made his senior national team debut earlier this summer at the World Rowing Cup II and will be racing for Great Britain this weekend in the pair. Van Sprang '16 will be racing in the Dutch double and took first in the B final in this event at the World Rowing Cup II. The three-time Pac-12 Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year, Wegrzycki-Szymczyk '18 will be competing for Poland in the single sculls. Recently named to the IRA All-Academic Team, Wegrzycki-Szymczyk competed in the single sculls at both the 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Rowing Championships.

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