Former Florida Tech Panther Taylor Brown Medals At Pan Am Games
By Florida Tech // July 19, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech alum Taylor Brown helped the United States secure a bronze medal in the men’s eight at the Pan Am Games on Wednesday.
He occupied the three-seat in the U.S. crew that finished with the third-fastest time of 6:12.64 in the final. He was joined by coxswain Sam Ojserkis, stroke Keane Johnson, seven-seat Nareg Guregian, six-seat Kyle Peabody, five-seat David Eick, four-seat Erick Winstead, two-seat Brendan Harrington and bow Matthew Mahon.
Canada won gold at 6:07.01 with Argentina grabbing silver at 6:10.08. Coming in behind the Americans were fourth place Cuba at 6:14.00 and fifth place Brazil at 6:34.10.
“We’re really happy when our alumni continue to row after graduating and when they row at the national level,” FIT head coach Jim Granger said.
“Taylor’s performance is exciting for him, our team and program. We’re proud of him and look forward to seeing him continue to do great things.”
Brown graduated from FIT in 2009 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Last summer, he raced in the men’s coxed pair at the World Rowing Championships for the U.S., finishing eighth in the world and second in the ‘B’ Final.
Less than three weeks ago, Brown’s men’s coxed pair won the U.S. Senior I World Championship Trials for the second consecutive year. The crew will race next at the 2015 World Rowing Championships from Aug. 30-Sept. 6 in Aiguebelette, France.
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Brown is one of three current or former Panthers, who will row for the U.S. this summer. Chris Lambert ’08 will also race in the World Rowing Championships, qualifying in the U.S. lightweight men’s eight.
Current women’s rower Alex Coultrup will compete in the women’s lightweight quadruple scull at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships July 22-26 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.