Hartford, Conn. - Four former alumni of the Trinity College men's and women's rowing teams were selected to the 2018 World Rowing Championship Roster and competed at the event. John Graves '10 and Alexander Loy '15 of the men's program and Jillian Zeiff '14 and Jen Sager '16 were selected among the 72-person roster that represented the United States at the 2018 World Rowing Championships this month in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Trinity Head Coach Kevin MacDermott sat down with Graves to discuss life with Team USA prior to the event.
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Graves made up one half of the men's double sculls in his sixth consecutive national team appearance. Graves and the Team USA men's double scull finished second in their flight with a finals time of 6:19.170, less than four seconds behind the Argentinian doubles scull who finished first in the grouping. Graves, a captain of both the men's rowing team and men's soccer team, was awarded the coveted McCook Award in 2010 as the College's top male athlete after being selected to the All-NESCAC team in both sports. On the water, Graves helped Trinity to five major rowing championships in four years, and to a Temple Cup Finals appearance at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2008. Graves earned the Torch Award as the top contributor to the Bantam crews in 2010, and the David Wicks Award (Most outstanding first-year oarsman) in 2007.
Loy rowed for the Team USA lightweight men's quadruple sculls at the World Rowing Championships which finished fifth in its flight. The crew 6:10.88 in a tightly contested race that saw Team Spain take first at 6:05.130. At Trinity, Loy rowed the No. 8 seat for the novice eight that won a gold medal in the 2012 ECAC Championship Regatta and a silver medal in the 2012 New England Championships and was also a member of the NESCAC All-Academic team.
Zieff and Sager teamed up as the Team USA lightweight women's pair that turned in a second place effort in the finals. Zieff and Sager finished in 7:45.00, behind first place Italy. Zieff rowed for Trinity's varsity eight that took fourth in the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship Regatta and also won a bronze medal as a member of Trinity's first-varsity eight in the 2013 New England Championship Regatta. She was a two-time CRCA Scholar Athlete Award recipient and 2013 ECAC Stewards and two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree as well. Sager rowed the No. 1 seat for the NCAA National Champion varsity-eight crew at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2014-15 and also rowed the No. 1 seat for the first varsity eight that finished third and won a bronze medal at the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Regatta.