Hugh McAdam '08 Vies for Spot on U.S. National Team

Hugh McAdam '08 Vies for Spot on U.S. National Team

MERCER LAKE, NJ -- Former Washington College rower Hugh McAdam '08 will be vying for a spot on the U.S. National Team roster for the upcoming Pan American Games when he competes in the USRowing Pan Am Games Trials this week in Mercer Lake, NJ.

McAdam will be rowing in the bow seat in the men's lightweight double at the Pan Am Trials, which begin today and run through Saturday. Should he qualify for the Pan American Games, he'd be just the second Washington College alum to row for a United States National Team. Washington College Hall of Famer Betsy Beard Stillings '84 was the coxswain of the gold medal-winning women's eight at the 1984 Olympics. 

The 2011 Pan American Games will be held October 14-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

McAdam competed in the men's lightweight quad at the USRowing Senior World Championship Trials earlier this month, sitting in the three seat of a boat comprised of rowers from the New York Athletic Club and  Philadelphia-based Undine Barge Club. That boat finished third in 6:35.27, missing qualification for the 2011 Senior World Championships.

While rowing at Washington College, McAdam was a two-time All Mid-Atlantic region selection and a was named his team's Most Valuable Rower as a senior nin 2008. His final collegiate rowing performance came at the 2008 Dad Vail regatta, where he sat stroked in the Shoremen's lightweight four which reached the championship final and finished fourth overall.