Central Catholic grads Grady, Miklasevich claim gold medals at world rowing championships
After earning a gold medal at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Michael Grady of Bradford Woods looks forward to moving up to the USRowing senior national team.
But first, he has some things to take care of on the Cornell men’s heavyweight crew.
Big Red coach Todd Kennett said Grady, 21, a senior, has been elected co-captain and will play a larger role in his fourth season on the varsity.
The Big Red eight won the third-level final and finished 13th at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta last season.
Grady, a 6-foot-5 Central Catholic graduate, is raring to go.
“I feel really fresh,” he said. “I don’t think I will take a break before returning to school, (but) will reduce the volume of work.
“As the commodore and a senior, I want to graduate knowing I left the program headed in the right direction.”
In his second year at U23 worlds, Grady came in first as part of the U.S. men’s eight in July in Poland.
He plans to to make a run next summer for the senior team, which represents the U.S. at the highest level, including the Olympics.
He was one of two Central Catholic graduates to earn gold medals.
Alex Miklasevich, a Brown senior, topped the podium in a coxed four.
The two got together, but Grady said the celebration was super short because of their travel schedules.
Central Catholic coach Jay Hammond believes they are the first alumni to capture international rowing gold medals.
“We are so proud of their effort and dedication,” Hammond said. “They have both been very generous with their time since graduation and are always wonderful about stopping down to talk with the guys.”
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.