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Lion Great Warren Anderson To Compete at Pan Am Games

May 25, 2007

PRINCETON, New Jersey - After a five day trial process at the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., Lion legend Warren Anderson has earned a spot in the US men's quad that will race at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July. After training for the last year under National team coach Kris Korzeniowski, Anderson advanced to the finals of the singles scull competition, cementing a spot in the quad.

After a four year career at LMU that concluded in 2006, Anderson was invited to begin training in sculling for the US National Team. Over the past week, he competed in a series of races designed to select athletes that will represent the US in this year's Pan American Games.

Anderson begun the 5-day trial process placing first out of 19 boats with a time of 7:48.3. He then placed first in his heat and first in the semi-final on the following day. In the two remaining final races, Anderson finished second behind 2004 Olympian Jamie Schroder by 2.1 seconds and 1.3 seconds respectively. With his second place finish in the men's single final, Anderson earned a spot in the US men's quad that will race July 14-19 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

"I really don't think that any of my coaches saw this coming," said Anderson of his first and second place finishes. "I am very excited to race in the quad. It is going to be a very strong boat."

LMU Men's Crew Coach Brooks Jones said that, "Warren is a very gifted athlete and is extremely motivated and goal oriented. I knew that as soon as he won the 2006 CRASH-B World Championships that I would see him in the Olympics very soon. It is awesome for me as a coach to see an athlete that I coached continue to succeed in the sport."

After his competition in the Pan American Games, Anderson will return to Princeton, New Jersey to begin competing for a spot at the World Rowing Championships that are to be held in Munich, Germany.

For the complete release from US Rowing, click here.