Colgate Rowers: College World Games


Emily Brand, Assistant Colgate Sports Editor

Two of Colgate’s very own athletes have earned the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the College World Games in Seoul this summer. Current crew team members, Dempsey Wartell, a senior on the women’s team, and Clarke Cady-McCrea, a sophomore on the men’s team, both plan on attending the event. 

Wartell, a captain, had been working towards the possibility of continuing to row after college, but it wasn’t until her coach received an email about the opportunity that she saw a tangible option. Gaining the spot on the team for Seoul involved Wartell sending in her 2k score on the erg, as well as some results from previous races. After talking with the coach, she was invited

to tryouts. 

At the end of a three-day tryout process in Oklahoma City in January, Wartell found out that she had made the team. When it comes to her plans for the future, Wartell is prepared to stay focused.

“I am moving to Boston in the fall, and I plan to train with a team on the Charles River. I do not have any set goals, other than to continue to work as hard as I can and to see what opportunities arise by doing so,”

Wartell said.

Since being accepted to row for the U.S. university games team, Cady has been training to improve. Similarly to Wartell, Cady found out about this opportunity from his coach and then was selected based on erg scores (manual rowing machine) and technique videos. 

Early this summer, Cady will attend a training camp where boats and lineups will be finalized. He’s hoping to succeed and continue with his rowing career in

the future. 

“My current sights are set on winning in Korea, in whichever boat I row. Apart from that I hope to, either this summer following the games or one in the near future, row at the world championships and hopefully medal there as well,” Cady said.