Athletes

Austin Meyer

@BaustinMeyer

24 year-old Austin Meyer will be representing the United States in the lightweight men's double scull for the second year in a row.  With an encouraging 4th place finish at the FISA World Cup II and a win in the Heavyweight Men's 2x at the Holland Beker, Austin and teammate Joshua Konieczny of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project will now be funded to attend the Senior World Rowing Championships on August 24th-31st in Amsterdam.  

Austin grew up outside of Albany, New York where he learned to row at the age of 14. While at Shaker High School, Austin played a number sports including swimming, baseball, wrestling and triathlon before rowing full time during his senior year. After winning the US Youth National Championships in the junior men's double scull and placing 12th at the 2008 Junior World Championships, he and his teammate and long-time friend, Thomas Nesel, were accepted into Harvard University to row under Linda Muri and Charley Butt.  In the subsequent years, the duo from Albany helped the lightweight rowing program win bronze, silver and gold medals at the Eastern Sprints Regatta as well as the IRA National Championships.     

Since 2008 Austin has competed for the United States on seven occasions at the Junior, Under 23 and Senior levels in both the lightweight 4- and lightweight 2x. In 2012, he along with college teammate, Andrew Campbell, were granted leaves of absence from Harvard to try out for the US Olympic rowing team. Unfortunately, neither were able to secure a spot for the London games after placing 1-2 at the Non Qualified US Trials.  That year however, Austin and his partner, Nick Trojan, placed 4th at the Under 23 World Championships, the highest historical finish by a U.S. crew in that event.  
   
While attending Harvard, Austin developed an interest in energy and environmental science and completed his senior thesis on Smart Metering and Dynamic Electricity Pricing in New York City. In 2013 he graduated with honors and now works for Cambridge Semantics Inc., a data integration and analytics company located in Boston. He currently resides in Back Bay and trains out of Cambridge Boat Club as well as Boston University's strength and conditioning center under Glenn Harris. 


 

Gevvie Stone

@gevgevs

Raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Gevvie Stone grew up around rowing. Her parents, Gregg and Lisa, were both US national team members in the late 1970s. Gevvie first rowed at age 14 at Camp Onaway but waited until her junior year in high school to commit to the sport more fully. Her junior year, after she realized that she might make a better rower than a soccer or lacrosse player, she began rowing in the fall and spring at the Winsor School, a small all-girls school in Boston. Coached by her mom, her high school four won the USRowing Youth National Championships in her junior and senior year in addition to the scholastic 4+ event at Women's Henley Regatta. 
 
Gevvie then went to college at Princeton where she majored in US History, fulfilled her pre-medical requirements, and rowed. She raced in an undefeated freshman 8+ and, in her junior year (2006), an NCAA-champion, undefeated varsity. In the summer of 2006 and 2007, Gevvie raced for the US on the Under-23 teams stroking the eight and the quad, respectively, to victories. 
 
After graduating, Gevvie began applying to medical school while trying out unsuccessfully for the 2008 Olympic team. She entered Tufts University School of Medicine in the fall of 2008 unsure of whether she would continue to row competitively. Victories at head races in the fall of 2008, the encouragement of her parents, and new speed in the single drew her back to the sport.
 
Gevvie took a two-year leave of absence after her second year of medical school to focus on her aspirations of making the US team for the 2012 Olympics.  She won National Selection Regatta I in 2010, earning her the opportunity to race for the US at World Cup III as the single sculler for the first time. In 2011, she represented the US in the women's single at World Cup II and III and at the World Championships. She won non-qualified Olympic trials in 2012 and went on to qualify the single for the US at the Qualification Regatta, earning her the opportunity to represent the US in the women's single sculls at the 2012 Olympics. Gevvie finished 7th at the Olympics. She wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of family and friends and coaching from her Dad in addition to Charley Butt, the Cambridge Boat Club Varsity Quad, Igor Belakovskiy, and more.

Andrew Campbell

@TheAndyCamps

With podium performances at the U19, U23, and Senior levels of competition, Andrew Campbell has emerged as one of the USA’s most promising lightweight rowing talents. Hailing from New Canaan, CT, Campbell began his development under the watchful eyes of Yan and Olga Vengerovsky at Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk, CT. Starting as a 7th grader, Campbell was too small to be placed in the top quad in his training group. Instead, he was relegated to the single scull, an environment he would become quite familiar with in the years to come.

After capturing a Junior National title and Junior World bronze medal in the single, Campbell traded in his two oars for one as a member of Charley Butt and Linda Muri’s Harvard Lightweight Rowing Team. After one year rowing for Harvard and a summer highlighted by a bronze medal in the U23 World Championship and 4th place finish at the Senior World Championship in the Lightweight Men’s Single, Campbell elected to take a year leave from the Crimson to pursue a spot on the US Olympic Team for the 2012 games in London. However, following a victory at the US Non-Qualified Trials, Campbell and partner Will Daly missed qualification for the Games in a heartbreakingly close race at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. 

Determined to move past the Olympic let-down, Campbell returned to training to capture a Senior World Championship bronze medal and U23 World Championship Title in the Lightweight Single as well as row seven seat in an undefeated National Champion Harvard Varsity Lightweight 8+.

            Campbell plans on graduating from Harvard in December 2014 with a degree in Economics and has been named to the 2014 All-IRA and All-Ivy Academic teams. His sisters, Mary and Claire, and brother Charlie are all accomplished rowers. He enjoys spending time with his family and two Labradoodles, Maggie and Henley.

 

Josh Konieczny

Josh hails from Millbury, Ohio, where he learned to row under Rod McElroy, a former Harvard lightweight and winner of the Royal Henley Regatta’s Temple Challenge Cup. He credits these early years of his career with giving him the determination to excel in rowing.

Josh continued his passion for rowing at Dartmouth College. During his four years at Dartmouth, he helped the Big Green’s varsity lightweights to two silver medals and a bronze at the Eastern Sprints, as well as one silver and one bronze at the IRA national championships. He served as captain of the D150s during his senior year and was named to the Academic All-Ivy team in 2012 and 2013. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Economics.

After his appearance in the 2013 Under-23 World Championships in the Lightweight Four (6th place), Josh switched to the sculling discipline while training at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. In the spring of 2014, Josh moved to Boston in order to row with Austin Meyer in the lightweight double. In his first year on the national team, Josh raced to a fourth-place finish at the 2014 World Cup 2 in Aiguebelette, France. He and Austin narrowly missed the A-final at the 2014 World Championships to finish 10th overall.

Josh enjoys cooking and woodworking in his spare time. He lives in Somerville and trains at the Cambridge Boat Club as well as in the Boston University weight room.

Jenny Sichel 

Jenny is a coxswain and 2016 Paralympian in the Legs, Trunks and Arms Coxed Four(LTA4+). She’s a four time senior national team member, and a two time defending World Championship silver medalist in the LTA4+. Jenny coxes at both Riverside Boat Club and CRI, and also serves as the CRI Para Rowing Coordinator. In that role, she has been instrumental in advancing CRI to a Gold Level USOC Paralypmic Sport Club and spearheaded the adaptive portion of CRI’s Middle School Indoor Rowing program for the Boston Public Schools. Jenny was rower at Bryn Mawr before an injury forced her to switch to the coxswain’s seat.