For eight days, Trevor Weaser ’10 (Plymouth, Ind.) competed with and against some of the best rowers in the world. What he learned from his experience was that the eight years of training he spent at Culver Academies and Northeastern University had prepared him well for the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Varese, Italy.
As he went through the Men’s Eight team trials in Oakland, Calif., the national team training at Princeton, N.J., and then eight days in Italy, Weaser said he realized “all the training I had done at Culver and Northeastern had prepared me to be successful. I was able to train and compete at an elite level.”
It was a whirlwind summer for Weaser, who has a short break before he begins his last semester at Northeastern. He is staying at parents’ house, Culver faculty members and rowing coaches Guy Weaser and Laura Weaser, along with his sister Monica ’12 who is on the rowing team at Loyola Marymount University (Calif.).
After graduation, he will head back to Princeton and begin practicing with the senior US Rowing team in hopes of making that team and eventually rowing in the Olympics. He hopes to pursue a commission in the Marine Corps in the future.
Weaser was not the sole Culver rower on the USA team. Jackson Anderson ’11 (Mission Hills, Kan.) was part of the Men’s Quadruple Sculls. Summer Schools & Camps graduate Spencer Hall N’08 also was on the Men’s Eight, as was Northeastern teammate Justin Jones.
Weaser said he and Anderson did have some time “to hang out a little bit” in the hotel during training but there wasn’t “a whole lot of time available to see each other.”
The USA team selection and initial training took place in Oakland. Then the team flew to Princeton for six days of practicing with the men’s senior team. The group then flew to Milan, Italy, and spent four days getting acclimated to the different time zone and practicing. There were 51 nations represented at the world championships.
In the team’s first heat, USA finished second behind Australia, qualifying for the finals on Sunday. Friday and Saturday were spent doing a recovery practice and training, he said. The finals included the United States, Australia, and defending champion New Zealand, which had its entire team back for a second run.
We were racing to win, not just take silver. We wanted to get out to a fast start.
“We were trying to race against New Zealand, even though Australia had beaten us in the heat,” Weaser said. “We were racing to win, not just take silver. We wanted to get out to a fast start. We were leading after 500 meters but we wore down and New Zealand and Australia passed us.”
New Zealand finished the 2,000 meter course in 5 minutes, 28.82 seconds, followed by Australia in 5:30.45, and the U.S. in 5:32.18. “We left it all out there,” Weaser said. “We raced a really strong 2,000 meters.”
The World Championships wasn’t Weaser’s first taste of international competition, though. His Northeastern Varsity Eight team raced at the Henley Royal Regatta in July 2013, finishing just inches short of winning the Ladies’ Challenge Plate at the event.
“It was the most fun I’ve ever had at a regatta,” Weaser said. “There were 100,000 people watching. The whole course was packed with people. It was also the 40th anniversary of the first Northeastern team to row at Henley, so it was a chance to bond with a lot of the Northeastern alumni and keep the tradition moving forward.”
Henley is also the site where the undefeated 1943 Culver Men’s Eight team gathered to row one last time in the masters division in 2000. Weaser said stories like Culver’s are what add to the sense of history at Henley.
“When you row over the course, you definitely feel that you are following in their footsteps,” he said. “It was fun to race there.”
When you row over the course, you definitely feel that you are following in their footsteps