Central Catholic grad Miklasevich sets sight on gold medal at Brown
After earning one gold medal, Central Catholic graduate Alex Miklasevich is eyeing another entering his final season on the Brown men’s crew.
Miklasevich, a senior captain, hopes to help the varsity eight to the top of the podium at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta.
The Bears placed sixth with Miklasevich in the sixth seat last season.
Miklasevich, 21, of Forest Hills, gained confidence after claiming a gold medal in the U.S. men’s coxed four at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in July in Poland.
“I was able to feel how much I had changed and improved throughout the summer,” he said. “I feel more excited about rowing and training than ever before.”
Brown coach Paul Cooke said Miklasevich has challenging goals, but a tremendous capacity to achieve them.
One of those goals is to make an Olympic team.
“His best chance at success is simple: keep incrementally raising the standards for himself and his teammates,” Cooke said.
The Bears will rely on Miklasevich, who is 6-foot-8, for leadership.
They placed third to fellow Ivy League members Yale and Harvard at the Eastern Sprints Regatta last season.
“We have a lot of terrific young athletes and Alex will enjoy being part of a talented and motivated group,” Cooke said.
Miklasevich, who is studying economics, realizes the size of his goals.
“In order to win the IRA, Brown will have to beat crews we have not beaten in the past few years,” he said. “This will only be possible through a higher level of focus and intensity throughout the year.
“In order to make the Olympic team, I plan on working on my small-boat abilities.”
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.