PISCATAWAY, NJ – Four former members of the Rutgers crew are one step away from winning titles at the 2003 FISA World Rowing Championships in Milan, Italy.
Jeff Klepacki (’90) and the U.S. Men’s Eight won its heat (5:38.38) and semifinal (5:35.59) races to advance to the final, to be held Sunday, Aug. 31. Klepacki, from Kearny, NJ, and currently a resident of Princeton, is a three-time Olympian who was named the 1994 US Rowing Male Athlete of the Year after leading the U.S. to the gold medal at the 1994 World Championships.
Jen Dore-Terhaar (’93) and Maite Urtasun (’01), along with coach Tom Terhaar (’91), have helped the U.S. Women’s Eight reach the final, winning their heat in a time of 6:16.40. Dore-Terhaar is an eight-time member of the National Team and a two-time Olympian, competing at the 2000 Sydney Games in the Quadruple Sculls. She also stroked the U.S. Women’s Eight to a gold medal at the 1995 World Championships and won silver in the same event at the 1993 and 1994 World Championships. Urtasun won gold last summer at the World Championships with the U.S. Women’s Eight, and was a bronze medalist in 1999 with the U.S. Women’s Four. An All-American while “On the Banks,” she helped lead RU to the 1997 and 2001 NCAA Regattas. Tom Terhaar, the husband of Jen, also headed the U.S. Women’s Quadruple Sculls at the 2000 Olympics. The Women’s Eight final will be held Sunday, Aug. 31. Dore-Terhaar, a native of Kearny, NJ, now resides in Monmouth Junction. Urtasun, a native of Riverside, NJ, now resides in Princeton.