Strokes to Trakai: Six Crews Named to U.S. Under 19 National Team

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — Through windy conditions and rough water this afternoon, Under 19 athletes had to fight the weather just as much as they had to battle the other crews in their finals.

Winning crews tonight qualified for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships August 2-6, in Trakai, Lithuania. The full Under 19 National Team will be named by July 12. Remaining boats will be nominated out of the USRowing Men’s and Women’s Under 19 Selection Camp including the men’s and women’s eights, fours, quadruple sculls, and the men’s four with coxswain.

Each crew who won their final this morning continued on to win the afternoon final, taking the necessary two out of three wins to earn their positions on the U.S. U19 National Team.

In the first final of the evening, USRowing U19 Selection Camp single sculler Clark Dean started strong and continued to build his lead over the other two boats in his event as they raced down the course. Dean won his final in a time of 7:37.61, 15.15 seconds over second place, earning him a spot on the U.S. Under 19 National Team.

Following her win at the 2017 Youth National Championships, Claire Campbell of Maritime Boat Club won her final crossing the line in 8:37.85.

Dean and Campbell will both be making their second appearance on the U.S. Under 19 National Team. Dean earned a bronze medal in the quadruple sculls at the 2016 World Rowing Junior Championships, and Campbell raced in the double sculls with sister, Mary, in 2014.

Making their first appearance on a national team, is the Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer crew of Daniel Stoddard and Andrew “Drew” Hickey. Following a close finish in this morning’s first final, the pair gained a 12.85-second lead over second place in this afternoon’s race, crossing the line in 7:12.85.

Stoddard and Hickey served as senior co-captains for PNRA/Mercer this Spring, leading their varsity 8+ at the 2017 Youth National Championships.

USRowing Under 19 Women’s Selection Camp athletes Jenna Hardman and Sarah Brunsberg were chosen to represent the camp in the women’s double sculls along with second-place teammates, Hailey Mead and Abby Phaneuf. Hardman and Brunsberg crossed the line in a winning time of 7:41.56.

The final race of the day, the men’s double sculls, ran on a delay following breakage. After repairs were made, USRowing U19 Selection Camp athletes Gregory Cain and Toby Satterthwaite won their final with a 5.74 second lead in a time of 6:52.65.

Also qualifying to the Under 19 National Team was the USRowing Under 19 Women’s Selection Camp pair of Kate Burns and Kaitlin Knifton who raced uncontested down the course on Thursday morning, crossing the line in 8:12.56.

Crews Named to U.S. Under 19 National Team Today:

Under 19 Men’s Single Sculls – USRowing Under 19 Men’s Selection Camp

  • Clark Dean (Sarasota, Fla.)

Under 19 Women’s Single Sculls – Maritime Rowing Club

  • Claire Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.)

Under 19 Men’s Pair – Princeton National Rowing Association / Mercer

  • Daniel Stoddard (West Windsor, N.J.)
  • Andrew Hickey (Yardley, Pa.)

Under 19 Men’s Double Sculls – USRowing Under 19 Men’s Selection Camp

  • Gregory Cain (Denver, Colo.)
  • Toby Satterthwaite (Providence, R.I.)

Under 19 Women’s Double Sculls – USRowing Under 19 Women’s Selection Camp

  • Jenna Hardman (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Sarah Brunsberg (London, England)

Under 19 Women’s Pair – USRowing Under 19 Women’s Selection Camp

  • Kate Burns (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Kaitlin Knifton (Austin, Texas)

Times from this week’s racing is available at HereNOW.com.

View photos from racing at USRowing.photos.

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