IncNow Staff Adventure Profile: U.S. National Rowing Team Ambitions

By John Williams | Published August 21, 2012

Recently many of us watched the Summer Olympics. In rowing, the United States men’s and women’s teams each won medals. IncNow is playing a small part in helping to boost the success of the U.S. National Rowing Team by providing opportunities to ambitious athletes trying out for the U.S. National Team.

Vice President of IncNow, John Williams, has been a volunteer assistant men’s rowing coach at the University of Delaware since 2001. Over the years he has recruited a few select upperclass-oarsmen and alumni from the team who are highly skilled in website development, marketing, and writing to assist . A number of promising athletes have passed through the ranks of , including Ivan Baldychev and Evan Price who assisted in weekend mailing projects at as a fundraiser for the University of Delaware Men’s Crew. They later became members of the U.S. National Team and rowed at World Championship Regattas. Baldychev having won the U.S. National Selection Regatta, finished 6th in the lightweight single representing the United States at Worlds. Baldychev is now a Chemical Engineer at the DuPont Company. Many of the rowing club’s past Presidents have contributed more to . This includes Greg Hartshorne a former UD Men’s Crew Club President, who is now a consultant for on web-infrastructure and database development.

Sean Rader, a former UD Men’s Crew Club Vice President just joined this week. He has a concentration in Professional Writing and experience in journalism. More interestingly, he is still pursuing rowing at a very high level. He is also currently training for the U. S. National Rowing Team alongside intern Will Purman.  Purman began interning at in the summer of 2011 and has experience with web development, social media and online marketing.

Various injuries caused Rader to stop rowing for an extended period after college, and he took to coaching at Newport Rowing Club in nearby Newport, Delaware. After recovering from his injuries, Rader began to row for Vesper Boat Club located on historic Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. He competed for a spot on the senior national team in the lightweight 8+ this summer and just missed out at an opportunity to row for the Under-23 U.S. National Team at the World Rowing Championships. He continues to train in Philadelphia with aspirations to become part of the U.S. National Team and compete at the World Rowing Championships and the 2016 Olympics in the lightweight events.  As part of the social media team, Rader is hoping to bring a journalistic perspective to ’s blog and copy writing to make the articles more interesting and informative to people looking to form businesses.

Will Purman competes year round in rowing.  Purman is a member of the Varsity Lightweight Team at the University of Delaware and over the summer he attends selection camps in attempt to make the Under-23 U.S. National Team.  This past summer Purman rowed for Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia alongside fellow intern Sean Rader.  Purman narrowly missed out on making the U.S. National Team twice by coming in a close second at both Under-23 World Championship Trials and Senior National Team Trials.  In addition to competing at trials, Purman represented Vesper Boat Club at USRowing Club Nationals and the Canadian Henley Regatta.

Just two weeks ago, at the USRowing Club National Championships Purman won the silver medal in the lightweight single event, in a close finish against fellow Vesper teammates. At the Canadian Henley Regatta Purman won a gold medal in the Senior Lightweight Quad event defeating crews from Canada and Argentina, ending his summer on a high note.  As part of the IT department, Purman assists with website development and social media marketing. Purman enjoys working with information technology and training with the goal of competing at the World Championship Regatta.

By providing opportunities to promising athletes and young professionals, hopes to help their development in their chosen career while allowing them to reach the medals platform at the highest levels of international competition.

Alec Walczak rowing Picture of Alec Walczak, who was previously profiled in Staff Adventure Profiles (Climbing Mt. Rainer…without training). He was President of the University of Delaware Men’s Crew in 2012 and assisted as a web developer at during the summer of 2012.

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