Bears Wrap Up Racing At Worlds
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Julian Venonsky coxes the U.S. eight at the 2018 World Rowing Championships (USRowing).

Bears Wrap Up Racing At Worlds

Cal Contingent Races Well At 2018 World Rowing Championships

PLOVDIV, Bulgaria – The 2018 World Rowing Championships came to a close this weekend in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with several Golden Bears, past and present, putting together strong performances at the premier event on the international racing calendar.

Julian Venonsky '16 headlined the Cal contingent, coxing the United States' eight to a fourth-place finish. After posting the fastest time in Wednesday's heat, the U.S. eight advanced directly to Sunday's final, which proved to be tightly contested. Germany came away with the gold while places two through four were separated by just 0.2 seconds, with the Americans narrowly missing out on a spot on the podium. The U.S. eight was coached by former Cal head coach Mike Teti, who spent before 10 seasons with the Golden Bears before taking over national team duties after the 2018 IRA Championship Regatta Jordan Vanderstoep '16 served as a spare for the United States, though he was not called into action.

Senior Maarten Hurkmans also competed in the eight, helping the Netherlands win the B Final in a fast time of 5:24.52. A two-time IRA All-Academic selection, Hurkmans captured silver in the eight at the 2018 European Championships and recorded a pair of third-place finishes at the World Rowing Cup II and World Rowing Cup III.

Classmate Joachim Sutton also competed for the Bears in Bulgaria, helping Denmark win the D Final. Sutton also competed in this event at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Niki Van Sprang '16 won the B Final for the Netherlands in men's double sculls, edging Poland in a tightly contested race and posting the fastest time of the day in the double. The result caps off a successful year of racing for Van Sprang, who reached the A Final in the double sculls earlier this summer at the World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The single sculls saw two Golden Bears reach the B Final.  Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk '18 took second in the B Final after a sprint to the finish while Marko Marjanovic '08 took fifth.

With training already underway for the 2018-19 season, the Bears will begin their fall racing on October at the Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cal raced at Head of the Charles last year, winning the championship eight and setting a new course record in the process.

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