Sculling Popularity Soars at Day One of Club Nationals
By USRowing Staff • July 12, 2017
BETHEL, Ohio – This year, single sculling is taking USRowing Club National Championships by storm. The introduction of the Lotman Challenge has attracted some of the best male and female elite single scullers in the country. Additionally, this year’s most entered event at Club Nationals, is the men’s Under 19 single sculls, attracting 93 entries.
Katelin Gildersleeve, while only in her second year of rowing, is taking to the single more than most. After placing fifth in the single at the 2017 Youth National Championships, Gildersleeve is continuing on to race not one, but two single sculls events at Club Nationals for the Oklahoma City High Performance Center.
On the first day of the regatta, Gildersleeve set out to compete in time trials for the women’s Under 17 single, as well as the women’s Under 19 single. Many young athletes may see racing alone as a daunting task, but Gildersleeve enjoys the challenge.
“I really like it,” she said. “It’s all you driving yourself. However hard you want to go is however far you’re gonna go in the single.”
Though Gildersleeve is relatively new to rowing, her experience with competing individually extends further. A former triathlete, she attributes her ability to perform well in the single to her years of experience racing alone in triathlons.
Today, Gildersleeve finished third in the time trial for the Under 17 single, and first in the Under 19 single time trial, earning spots in two semifinals tomorrow. At 1:30 p.m. she will race in the U17 single semifinal and at 5:30 p.m. she will race in the semifinal for the U19 single. Additionally, Gildersleeve will compete in the women’s Under 17 double sculls time trial at 3:09 p.m. on Friday.
Today’s racing began with time trials for 16 events. Athletes raced, aiming to make their way into the top 14 places of their event, in order to advance to the semifinals.
Time trials showed high levels of competition and close racing, demonstrated by William Bryden’s finish in the men’s elite/senior single sculls. Bryden, representing Ontario’s Ridley Graduate Boat Club, claimed the fourteenth and final spot in the semifinals by a margin of just 0.06 seconds. Bryden finished in a time of 7:11.42, and will compete in the semifinal at 2:10 p.m. tomorrow afternoon for a lane in the Lotman Challenge A final.
In the men’s intermediate double sculls, Penn AC stood out amongst the competition. The two crews that the club entered finished first and second in the time trial, both easily advancing to the semifinals. The double of Mark Couwenhoven and Anthony Williams finished first in 6:30.05, while Christopher Shirley and James Garay finished close behind in second place, with a time of 6:30.22.
Racing will continue at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday with heats for nine events; semifinals will run in the afternoon, starting at 1:30 p.m.
Following the end of racing on Sunday, July 16, USRowing will host its annual College Fair for rising seniors and collegiate coaches. The event will run from 2:00-4:00 p.m., providing an opportunity for high school athletes interested in collegiate rowing, to connect with coaches following a week of showcasing their rowing abilities.
Athletes are encouraged to bring a rowing resume– an example can be found here.
Watch the live-stream broadcast of finals beginning at 8:00 a.m., on Friday, July 14, and Sunday, July 16, on USRowing’s YouTube Channel.
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Written by Elise Gorberg, firstname.lastname@example.org and Genevieve Carrillo, email@example.com