Lightning Fast Times on Harsha, with Finals Set for Friday

BETHEL, Ohio – Racing today began and ended with ideal conditions: sunny, flat and a light breeze. The middle of the day, however, proved to be a bit more treacherous. Halfway through the afternoon’s racing, thunder, lightning, wind and rain blew over Lake Harsha, pulling crews off the water for about an hour.

Day two of racing at the 2017 USRowing Club National Championships featured the first side-by-side racing of the regatta.

Heats and semifinals brought on the tight competition at every level, providing opportunities for athletes to push their competitive limits. Sara Hansen and Jacqueline Armetta of Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer saw their opportunity this morning and didn’t hesitate to take it.

Racing in the second of three heats in the lightweight women’s intermediate pair, Hansen and Armetta barely edged out Parati Competitive Rowing in a photo finish to secure a spot in tomorrow’s final. The pair finished with a time of 8:11.24, 0.20 seconds ahead of Parati.

As the pair approached their final sprint, the only thing on their minds was doing whatever was necessary to get ahead.

“It was the last 250, and lane three started walking up,” Hansen said. “I jacked up the rate and we were just trying to make sure we were in our lane and moving at the same time.”

Advancing to a final at Club Nationals is a sizeable achievement for any crew, but for the Mercer pair, this race meant more. Armetta and Hansen, ages 16 and 17, mainly compete in Under 19 events, with Armetta still eligible to row Under 17. Racing in an intermediate event challenges the two to contend with a broader range of older and more experienced athletes.

Armetta and Hansen were unsure of what to expect from their competition but happy to put up a fight and advance to the final.

“It was really fun to go into it with no expectations and then still qualify,” Armetta said. The PNRA/Mercer pair will compete in the final tomorrow at 11:16 a.m.

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During the morning, heats were raced for nine events, followed by sixteen semifinals in the afternoon.

The USRowing Under 17 Men’s Racing Camp had a strong showing in the eight, qualifying three boats to the final. The crews crossed the line in times of 6:08.88, 6:10.64 and 6:25.00 respectively, and will compete in the final tomorrow at 10:55 a.m.

The afternoon’s racing included semifinals for the men’s elite/senior single sculls. In the first semifinal, brothers John Graves (Craftsbury Sculling Center) and Tom Graves (New York Athletic Club) finished first and second, in times of 7:00.86 and 7:03.96 respectively. Earning two of the three fastest times of the event, both athletes will advance to the Lotman Challenge final tomorrow at 8:21 a.m., along with Mihailo Malowany (Hanlan Boat Club), Michael Clougher (California Rowing Club), Joshua King (Ottawa Rowing Club) and Wes Vear (Craftsbury Sculling Center).

At the end of the evening, a head-turning race resulted in a triple photo-finish for the under 19 women’s single sculls. Kathleen Dolan (Narragansett Boat Club), Katherine Konieczny (Detroit Women’s Rowing Association) and Kelly Morrissy (RowAmerica – Rye) all crossed the line within 0.398 seconds of each other, with times of 8:28.484, 8:28.788 and 8:28.882, respectively. Dolan and Konieczny secured second and third place to qualify for Friday’s final.

Racing will continue tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. with 36 finals, followed by time trials in the afternoon.

Awards ceremonies will be held in three sessions for all of tomorrow’s finals. The first awards ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. for events 1-13, which will include the awards ceremony for the first race of the Lotman Challenge. The second awards ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. for events 14-25, and the third awards ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. for events 26-36.

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 livestream 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 (egorberg@usrowing.org) and Genevieve Carrillo (gcarrillo@usrowing.org)

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