In photo L to R: Edward "Cooper" Tuckerman (Dartmouth), Jarrett Heflin,
Kieran Edwards (Sacramento State/SoCal sculler & Vesper Rowing), and
Mike Wilson (University of Pennsylvania /Cambridge Boat Club)
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. -- Williams College senior rower Jarrett Heflin '20 (Wayzata, Minn.) has been named to the U.S. Under 23 Lightweight Quadruple Sculls for the World Championships slated for Sarasota, Fla., July 24-28.
Eph head men's crew coach Marc Mandel reported, "Jarrett has been at a selection camp in Princeton, N.J., for the past month, and earned his way into the boat from his performance and results during the camp."
"Jarrett has been the stroke of our varsity eight during both his sophomore and junior years and is the type of athlete that simply makes those around him better," added Mandel. "His teammates selected him as one of the tri-captains for this year."
"In the lightweight class the crew must maintain an average weight of 70kg or approximately 154lbs, Heflin explained. "A quad boat is made up of four rowers sculling with two oars,"
"Initially, 17 college-aged athletes from around the country were invited to go to Princeton University to try out," Heflin stated. "On June 11th, 15 rowers arrived at the Princeton Boathouse for the first day of camp. We were told that rowers were going to be released from camp (cut) very quickly if they could not maintain the standard or it was clear a person would not contribute to the boat." "Emerging from a Division III school, I was originally placed on the wait list and later invited to the camp in the early spring," said Heflin.
"Then, for the next three weeks we were put head-to-head to compete for the four spots on the team," Heflin added. "A typical day consisted of a morning session, where we would go out on the water in quads and seat race—racing side-by-side, then switching two rowers between the boats, racing again, and measuring the change in margin. The seat races were always four, 1750-meter pieces. After the morning row, we would move on land to train on ergs, either erg testing 1000 meters or 30-minute pieces. We then would take a break, and later meet up again to go back out on the water in the afternoon."
"Seat racing was extremely intense, because you did not get to see the next session if you lost a switch," Heflin pointed out. "The locker room would be silent before each practice and friendly after, because everyone who made it back to the locker room survived the session."
"A preliminary lineup for the boat was formed by June 30, which I was part of, and we began training together and were later officially named to the national team on July 12th", said Heflin
The U.S. lightweight quad is coached by Princeton University lightweight coach Bill Manning. Heflin will row in the two seat.
U.S. Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls:
(s) Michael Wilson (Braintree, Mass.) – Cambridge Boat Club
(3) Kieran Edwards (Arcata, Calif.) – SoCal Scullers/Vesper Boat Club
(2) Jarrett Heflin (Wayzata, Minn.) – Williams College
(b) Edward "Cooper" Tuckerman (Bozeman, Mont.) – Dartmouth College
"Jarrett's level of determination is unparalleled and his selection for the U23 National Team is simply a reflection of his work-ethic and racing mentality," noted Mandell. "I'm excited to see how he and his crew perform. I'm also looking forward to welcoming Jarrett and his Williams teammates back to campus in the fall to continue building upon our foundation and getting faster one day at a time."
Heflin stated, "I chose to attend Williams for its exceptional educational value and the opportunity to continue my rowing career." At Williams Heflin is a history major concentrating on European and Colonial History and he is also a member of the Williams College Ski Patrol, a ski instructor, and involved with the First Church Williamstown Outreach Ministry.