USA U23 Mens Quad to World Champs

This summer, California Rowing Club (CRC) set out to put together a Men’s Quad for the Under 23 World Championships. Ten rowers from all over the United States raced each other for 4 spots. Those selected athletes will now represent the U.S. and race on the international stage at the U23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at the end of July 2017.

Meet the Crew:

Stroke Seat: 
Ari Cohen, 20 / Wellesley, MA / representing University of Washington

3 Seat:
Jacob Plihal, 21 / Vashon Island WA/ representing Northeastern University

2 Seat 
Sebastian Amberger, 21 / Townson, MD / representing University of Wisconsin 

Bow Seat:
Doran Finley, 18 / Atherthon, CA / Cornell University, representing Redwood Scullers 

This endeavour started with training at CRC on the Oakland Estuary. During this time the athletes were hosted at the Cal Berkeley campus or with CRC guest families. After the vetting process of finding the best line up, CRC started to form four individual men to a team.


To qualify for the event, a participation at the US Rowing U23 World Championship Trials on Lake Mercer in Princeton, NJ,  is required.

The World Championships are hosted in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, ten time zones away from California, which requires a physical acclimation. Furthermore, the Crew needs to develop skills in rowing on a racing course. The crew will be sent to Cologne, Germany  for a training camp on an official buoyed FISA Race Course. Cologne held the world championships in 1998. It has a perfect eight-lane regatta course in a beautiful park near the city center. 

These talented athletes are spending their entire summer to pursue excellence in challanging the rest of the world in rowing at the under 23 years level. It requires much, including logistics, patience and support to provide housing, provisions, boat material and travel expenses. 

Please help this Crew on their way to Bulgaria. Any donation is much appreciated.


The Coaches:

Bernhard Stomporowski, Headcoach California Rowing Club

Bernhard won several Medals at World Championships in the Light Mens Eight (LM 8+) as well as in the Light Mens Four (LM4-) for the German National Team. He is  World Record Holder t the LM 8+

Prior to his engagement at CRC he worked at

RK Wannsee Berlin,

Headcoach at Seeclub Zurich, Switzerland, where he coached Simon Niepmann (2016 Olympic Gold LM4-)

Headcoach Don Rowing Club, Mississauga, Canada

Bernhard supervises the whole U23 4x Project and coached the Crew at the World Championship Trails in Princeton, NJ

Peter Mansfeld, Associate Headcoach California Rowing Club

Prior to his engagement he worked for:

VK Slavia Prague (assisted in 2003/2004), where CZE Mens Quad won Silver at the Olympic Games in Athens

Seeclub Zurich as Headcoach Juniors

Headcoach at Ruderclub Zurich 

  • Dara Schnoll 
    • $20 
    • 58 mos
  • Channing Walker 
    • $25 
    • 58 mos
  • Diane Landers 
    • $25 
    • 58 mos
  • M.A. Gallerani 
    • $50 
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  • Mary Sterner 
    • $250 
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Peter Mansfeld 
Oakland, CA
California Rowing Club 
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