Colby graduates fourth, fifth at World Rowing Championships

Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: August 28, 2006
ETON, England --- Colby College graduate Ted Farwell '05 placed fourth in his race and Pete Morelli '02 was fifth at the 2006 FISA World Rowing Championships on Saturday.

Farwell (Madison, Wisc.), partner Pat Godfrey (Gorham, Maine) and coxswain Vincent Puma (Irvington, N.Y.) led after the first 500 meters in the men's pair with coxswain competition. Farwell and Godfrey slowed over the next 1,000 meters, but finished strong with the second best final 500 meter time.

The three had earned the top seed in racing on Tuesday.

Morelli (Buffalo, N.Y.) and his U.S. lightweight eight boat finished in fifth place after being in sixth and last place after 1,000 meters. The U.S. crew had the third fastest time over the next 500 meters and had the fourth best in the last 500 to earn fifth place. Just 5.3 seconds separated first place from sixth place and there were only 3.2 seconds between second and sixth place.

Farwell and Morelli earned the right to compete at the World Rowing Championships after helping their boats to wins at the U.S. Rowing Senior National Team Trials in New Jersey earlier this month.

Farwell and Morelli became the first Colby men's rowers to earn a place on the U.S. National Team. Hilary Gehman '93, a two-time Olympian, was the first Colby rower to make the U.S. National Team.

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