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Fifteen Crews Named to U.S. Under 23 National Team

June 26, 2013

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Fifteen crews will represent the United States in Linz, Austria at the World Rowing Championships July 24-28 after winning each of their respective events. 

From 0.1-second margins to 20-second margins, racing among the best under 23 rowers in the country took place Wednesday.

Under 23 finals began at 7:30 a.m. on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., with the women’s double sculls. USRowing Training Center’s Elizabeth Youngling (Westport, Conn.) and Leigh Archer (Jamestown, R. I.) won with a time of 7:15.01, five seconds ahead of Vesper Boat Club.

Oklahoma High Performance Center earned the bid to the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in the men’s double sculls, with crewmembers Jackson Anderson (Mission Hills, Kan.) and Matt Mahon (St. Louis, Mo.) in a 6:42.37.

“The start was a little bit more rough than we usually have,” said Anderson. “We were in second place by about a length at the 1,250 (meter mark) and I told Matt to bring up the rate, because we had to be in the lead.”

“At that point, we jumped up about three or four beats and walked during the next 200 meters,” Mahon said. “At 500 to go, we were even and brought up the rate again until we finished with about a boat-length lead (over Potomac Boat Club).”

The Saratoga Springs High School/Saratoga Rowing Association entry took the race in the women’s pair with Elizabeth Fitzhenry (Saratoga, N.Y.) and Kristina Wagner (Weston, Mass.) with a time of 7:29.20. The pair has been together for four years and used the experience in their race Wednesday morning.

“The pack was close together for the first 1,000 until we started pushing away,” said Fitzhenry. “They were still with us until the last 500 when we got some open water and then we began sprinting. After that, we didn’t look over again.”

Madison Lips (Parker, Colo.) of Craftsbury Sculling Center, who had the fastest time in the women’s single sculls heats, won the final by more than 20 seconds. She led the pack of four crews by nearly five boat lengths at the 1,500-meter mark and gained even more ground in the final meters. Her final time was 7:57.94.

Lips’ teammate at Craftsbury, Lenny Futterman (New York, N.Y.), won the men’s single sculls final with a time of 7:13.65. Futterman had connection with Nereid Boat Club’s Christopher Buesser (Ridgewood, N.J.) at 1,500 meters, but with a definitive final sprint, won by nearly six seconds.

In the lightweight women’s double sculls, Vesper Boat Club’s Emalia Seto (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and Alex Morss (Concord, Mass.) took the race in 7:31.47.  Southern California Scullers Club kept connection with Vesper and was down by two seats during the third 500. Southern California made a move in the final sprint, but Vesper took the bid to Austria by 2.3 seconds.

“We came together last week during seat races (at Vesper) and we just had a good boat together,” said Vesper stroke seat Alex Morss. “Since then, we’ve just been working on matching up and getting faster as a pair.”

By the final 500 of the lightweight men’s double sculls, Thomas Hope and Matthew Maddamma (Pittsburgh, Pa.) of Oklahoma High Performance Center had three boat lengths of open water over both Vesper and Water Sports Center/Maritime Rowing Club. Hope and Maddamma finished with a time of 6:43.92, 14 seconds over Vesper.

With a much smaller margin and a win by less than a bow ball, the lightweight men’s double sculls of Will Robins (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and Jordan Volpe (Naples, Italy) finished with a time of 6:59.28 over Seattle Rowing Center by 0.1 seconds.

“I thought we barely pulled out the win, but when the buzzer went off, I still wasn’t sure,” Robins said. “Once we were paddling in, someone yelled and told us we had won. We were so close during the race (with Seattle Rowing Center) and we just went all out in the last 20 strokes to win it.”

Colleen Wohlrab (Sarasota, Fla.) of Vesper Boat Club and her “lucky purple hat” won the lightweight women’s single with a time of 8:11.11. Wohlrab clocked the fourth-fastest time in Tuesday’s semifinals to upset Marissa Catalano of GMS Rowing Center in the finals.

Five-time U.S. national team member Andrew Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) of Cambridge Boat Club won the lightweight men’s single sculls with a time of 6:51.77. Campbell, 21, has won a medal at every level of competition – junior, under 23 and senior, and just missed a spot on the 2012 Olympic Team.

In a dual race for a bid to Austria in the women’s four, USRowing Training Center’s Katherine Ashton (Austin, Texas), Kim Szokol (Chicago, Ill.), Bryna Oleshansky (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Samantha Warren (Davis, Calif.), took the win with a time of 6:54.41.

“Our race was good; we accomplished our goal, which was to win,” Szokol said. “We have a lot of improvements we can make in the next few weeks before we leave (for Austria). For today’s race, we really just tried to focus and get our rhythm down as early as we could.”

“Kim, our two seat, makes all the calls,” said stroke seat Sam Warren. “She does a great job. She slipped in a ten for worlds somewhere in the last 250, which was great.”

Penn A.C. Rowing Association crossed the finish line first in the men’s four with coxswain in 6:30.69. The crew of coxswain John Gould (Litchfield, Conn.), Charles Anderson (Upper Darby, Pa.), Mike Slopsema (Holt, Mich.), Mark Tubergen (Angola, Ind.) and Michael Davidson (Southport, Conn.). The crew said the win was a push and a little bit of a surprise for them, as it will be each of their first international regattas at the World Rowing Championship in Linz.

In the lightweight women’s quadruple sculls, Vesper Boat Club’s crew of Jamie Roloff (Richboro, Pa.), Veronique Bourassa (Mount Laurel, N.J.), Jenna Hebert (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Kayla McNeill (Mount Claire, N.J.), finished first over GMS Rowing Center, clocking a time of 6:45.01. 

In the final race of the U.S. Under 23 Trials, the lightweight men’s quadruple sculls, Water Sports Center/Maritime Rowing Club won by more than 18 seconds over Vesper Boat Club. Matt Podlesak (New Canaan, Conn.), Maximilian Fenner (Berlin, Germany), Oliver Angran (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Parker Langue (Darien, Conn.) finished with a time of 6:00.55, and said they plan to race the same lineup again at USRowing Club National Championships July 10-14 in Camden, N.J., before traveling to Austria for the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

“We plan to stay in Princeton to continue training, and we’ll keep working on getting better and faster as we approach Club Nationals,” said Podlesak.

For full race results, visit http://www.herenow.com/html/rowingRace.html?raceId=58. The full team roster for the U.S. Under 23 Team will be named by July 10, 2013.

To purchase race videos from Wednesday’s finals, visit www.usrowing.org.

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Story and photos by Courtney Fritts, courtney@usrowing.org

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