Michael Clougher ’15 to represent the U.S. at the 2017 World Rowing Championships
After an exciting first-place finish at the USRowing World Championship Senior Trials, Michael Clougher ’15 will represent the United States at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in late September.
Clougher, a four-year member of the Connecticut College men’s rowing program, raced to a winning time of 7:00.01 in the final of the Men’s Single (M1X) event at the senior trials Aug. 9 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. He finished first in the Aug. 6 time trial and won his heat on Aug. 7 to secure a spot in the final. The victory automatically qualifies him for the 2017 World Rowing Championships, which will take place Sept. 23-Oct. 1 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida.
“It’s definitely nice to win and a huge honor to represent the country, but there is still a ton of work to do moving towards Sarasota,” said Clougher.
Earlier this summer, Clougher won the Elite Men’s Single (M1X) event at the USRowing Club National Championships on Harsha Lake in Bethel, Ohio. He trains with the California Rowing Club in Oakland, California, and is coached by the club’s head coach Bernhard Stomporowski.
At Connecticut College, Clougher served as captain of the rowing team in both his junior and senior years. He won the 2015 Dad Vail Regatta in the men’s single and was named the Brown-Brooks Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the College. A three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, he triple majored in computer science, math and economics.