Former Dartmouth Rowers Representing Team USA in Rio

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You could argue Dartmouth has the proudest rowing program in the nation.

Sophomore rower Ben Adler says, “It’s great to be part of a program that’s bigger than just rowing at Dartmouth.”

For Anthony Fahden and Craftsbury’s Josh Konieczny, rowing at Dartmouth was a gateway to the Rio games, where they’ll compete in the lightweight four and lightweight double sculls competitions respectively.

“There’s just so many stories floating around of you know,” adds Adler, “How successful they were here, and it’s great to know that every time I get in a boat, I have guys that were in front of me doing the same thing that are now out there representing the United States.”

That begins in Hanover, Sean Healey oversees a room of young men prepping for the U-23 World Championships, a strong feeder to the summer games.

“The work we’re doing on the team right now,” says Coach Healey, “It’s the same kind of work that those guys were doing.  In Josh’s case four years ago.  In Anthony’s case about 8 or 9 years ago.”

Dartmouth has a rich history, full of intense rivalries.  But, just ask Coach Healey, he came from Cornell.  Sometimes those rivalries are cast aside.

“Andrew Campbell is in the double with Josh, he went to Harvard,” recalls Healey, “It’s one of the unique things. When you go from collegite rowing to international rowing, you’ll see a lot of former competitors racing together.”

Now the unlikely team has it’s sights set on the podium.

Healey says, “You’re talking tenths of seconds seperating people from making the grand final, even winning the grand final.  So I think in that sesne anything’s possible.  I’d imagine they’re hoping to make the grand final and always looking for a medal.”
 

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