PRINCETON, N.J. – Junior coxswain Chris Leonard (White Plains, N.Y.) of the Marist men’s crew team has received an invitation to the U.S. Rowing selection camp for the 2013 World University Games. Leonard will be competing to win a spot on the top boat to compete in Kazan, Russia from July 2-9.

“It is a huge honor for me to have the possibility to represent the United States,” Leonard said. “It is an opportunity that wouldn't have been possible without the support of all of my teammates and the leadership of the coaches here at Marist.”

The selection camp begins on June 4 at the Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI) in Boston. Leonard is one of 23 athletes who were invited to compete for spots on the men’s Eight and Four boats. He will be competing with two other coxswains for the one position in the Eight boat, the one coxed boat the U.S. features.

The camp will be coached by Bruce Smith, CRI Executive Director, Bill Manning, Associate Head Coach of Harvard Men’s Heavyweight Crew, and Matt Lehrer, CRI Program Coordinator.  

Leonard currently serves as the coxswain for Marist’s Varsity Eight boat, which was named All- Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) after being named the MAAC Boat of the Week three times during the spring. In the Red Foxes 12th consecutive MAAC Championship, Leonard guided the Varsity Eight squad to a second place finish in their race, finishing less than a second out of first.

On four occasions this season the Varsity Eight boat has finished first in its event, taking the top spot at the Poughkeepsie Regatta, at Holy Cross, at the Sacred Heart Invitational and at the President’s Cup. The Red Foxes posted its best time of the season at the Sacred Heart Invitational, crossing the finish line in 5:39.4.

“Chris has had to work tremendously hard to earn this selection,” Marist head coach, and 2013 MAAC Coach of the Year Matt Lavin said. “Coxing crews have many intangible factors, which make them hard to get a handle on, but this is what Chris has done and continues to do well. He has certainly made our crews faster. I'm excited to see what he can do at the World University Games camp.”

“It is very good for our program to be producing talent capable of competing on this level. We hope to have more of our team earn these selections in the years to come not as goal in itself, but as a sign of our continued development as a program. Coxswains like Chris significantly help this development.”

Camp acceptances include:

Name School
Ned Benning Cornell
Kasey Colander George Washington
David DeVries Yale
Hadzo Habibovic Oklahoma City University
Sam Helms Washington
Harry Holroyd UPenn
Isaac Howell University of California-Berkeley
Michael Hwang Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christian Kader University of California-Berkeley
Patrick Konttinen Princeton
Gerard Kuenning Yale
Hunder Leeming Brown
Chris Leonard Marist
James Letten University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stephen Podwojski Washington
Ryan Searcy North Carolina
Craig Slater Harvard
Mike Tarnapoll Cornell
Whiting Tennis Brown
Michael Trebilcock Washington
Jordan Vanderstoep University of California-Berkeley
Richard Walter University of California-Berkeley
Lucas Wilhelm University of California-Santa Barbara

About The World University Games
The World University Games, also known as ‘Universiade’ is an international multi-sports event for university athletes which is organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The first World University Games took place in Paris in May 1923 at the initiative of Frenchman Jean Petitjean. From 1949, the Games were held under the auspices of FISU. There are both Summer and Winter Games, which are held every two years, in odd years. For more information, visit

About US Rowing
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