2017 U.S. Senior and Para World Championship Trials Begin Sunday
By Genevieve Carrillo • August 5, 2017
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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — The 2017 U.S. Senior and Para World Championship Trials kick off this week on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Winners in 19 para and senior boat classes will earn the opportunity to don the red, white and blue uniform of the U.S. national team on home soil for the first time in more than 20 years at the 2017 World Rowing Championships September 24 to October 1 in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
In total, 65 crews from 32 clubs will compete in the men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s single sculls, men’s and women’s double sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, men’s pair, lightweight men’s pair, men’s pair with coxswain, men’s quadruple sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, lightweight men’s four, PR1 men’s and women’s single sculls, PR2 mixed double sculls and PR3 mixed double sculls.
“The trials to select the 2017 U.S. National Team is one of the most important events on our race calendar,” said Matt Imes, USRowing High Performance Director. “With more than one hundred athletes in para and senior boat classes racing on Mercer Lake this week, we’re excited to see the United States’ best and fastest competitors in their final preparation for the world stage this fall. Thanks to our partners at the Princeton National Rowing Association and the National Rowing Foundation for helping us put together this event.”
Racing begins Sunday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. with time trials in 12 events. Heats, repechages and semifinals are scheduled for Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8. Finals in all events are scheduled for Wednesday, August 9, and will be broadcast live on USRowing’s YouTube channel beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST.
Competition at this week’s trials includes more than 60 athletes who have represented the United States on an Olympic, Paralympic, under 19, under 23 or senior national team.
Four athletes from the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team are returning to competition including Blake Haxton (Columbus, Ohio; The Ohio State University), Jacqui Kapinowski (Tequesta, Fla.), Helman Roman (Miami, Fla.) and Laura Goodkind (Santa Monica, Calif.; Whittier College). After a FISA decision in March, para boat classes will now be contested on a 2,000-meter course, instead of 1,000 meters.
“I am very excited to compete in trials this year,” said 16-year-old U.S. National Team and Paralympic hopeful Isaac French from ARION, the youngest competitor in competition this week, racing in the PR2 mixed double sculls. “I personally know the athletes that I will be racing, and I feel that this will be a great experience. We will be able to push each other and really test ourselves.”
In the women’s single sculls, 2016 women’s pair Olympian Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio; University of Michigan) is looking to make her eighth U.S. national team. Representing The Foundry, a community training center in Cleveland, Mueller finished less than one-hundredth of a second out of medal contention at the 2017 World Rowing Cup III in June, and is returning from a gold medal in the first of three Lotman Challenge events at the 2017 USRowing Club National Championships. Also fresh off of international competition is Narragansett Boat Club’s Emily Kallfelz (Jamestown, R.I.; Princeton University), who won a bronze medal in the event at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. London bronze medalist Kara Kohler (Clayton, Calif.; University of California) and Rio alternate Olivia Coffey (Watkins Glen, N.Y.; Harvard University) are also entered in the event.
In the men’s single sculls, a field of eight will go to the line including California Rowing Club’s Michael Clougher (Canton, Mass.; Connecticut College), who won the first Lotman Challenge qualification race in the men’s elite/senior single at the 2017 Club National Championships. Former national team athletes Christopher Lambert (Weston, Fla.; Florida Institute of Technology) from Malta Boat Club and New York Athletic Club’s Tom Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio; Trinity College) are also entered in the event.
Eight athletes will compete in the lightweight women’s single sculls, including Cambridge Boat Club’s Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.; University of Tennessee), who finished fourth at the 2017 World Rowing Cup III. Jones represented the United States at the 2016 World Rowing Championships, where she earned fourth.
In the lightweight men’s single sculls, six athletes will compete for a spot on the team including three-time national team member Matt O’Leary (Westwood, Mass; Harvard University) from Keble College Boat Club who raced to a ninth-place finish in the event at the 2017 World Rowing Cup III, Craftsbury Sculling Center’s Hugh McAdam (Hollis, N.H.; Washington College) who finished 15th in the same regatta, and five-time national team rower, Nick Trojan (Los Alamitos, Calif.; Orange Coast College), who finished fifth in the lightweight single sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Championships.
Rio Olympians Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich; University of Michigan) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.; University of Virginia) are the team to beat in the women’s double sculls this week. The duo rowed to a sixth-place finish at the 2017 World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland, as well as a sixth-place finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in the same event.
In the men’s double sculls, Ben Davison (Inverness, Fla.; University of Washington) and John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio; Trinity College) go head-to-head with Vesper Boat Club/Penn AC’s Nicholas Goode and David Judah. Davison returns from a silver medal at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in the men’s four with coxswain. Graves represented the United States on five national teams, most recently in the men’s single sculls at 2017 World Rowing Cup I.
There are three experienced entries in the lightweight women’s double sculls including Sarasota Crew’s Monica Whitehouse (Muskego, Wis.; University of Wisconsin) and Rosa Kemp (Putnam Valley, N.Y.; University of Buffalo), Riverside Boat Club’s Erin Roberts (Fogelsville, Pa.; Cornell University) and four-time national team athlete Hillary Saeger (Dedham, Mass.; Marist College), and Vesper Boat Club/Potomac Boat Club’s Emily Schmieg (Philadelphia, Pa.; University of Pittsburgh) and four-time national team athlete Michelle Sechser (Folsom, Calif.; University of Tulsa).
The USRowing Training Center – Princeton has seven entries in the men’s pair including Michael Knippen (Germantown, Wis.; University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Hunter Leeming (Sarasota, Fla.; Brown University); Kyle Peabody (LaGrange, N.Y.; Boston University) and Ben Ruble (University of Wisconsin); Graham Miller (Greenwich, Conn.; Georgetown University) and Thomas Phifer (New York, N.Y.; Middlebury College); Anders Weiss (Barrington, R.I.; Brown University) and Michael Colella (Kensington, Md.; Cornell University); Andrew LeRoux (Venice, Fla.; Princeton University) and Ben Delaney (Windermere, Fla.; George Washington University); and Bobby Moffitt (Greenwich, Conn.; Dartmouth College) and Nate Goodman (Montclair, N.J.; Yale University).
Eight boat classes will race uncontested on Wednesday to earn a spot on the 2017 U.S. National Team – the lightweight men’s double sculls, lightweight men’s pair, men’s pair with coxswain, men’s quadruple sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, lightweight men’s four and the PR1 men’s single sculls.
The full U.S. team will be announced by August 28, 2017, following the selection of the men’s and women’s eights, men’s and women’s fours and women’s quadruple sculls.
One U.S. crew – the women’s pair of Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.; University of Washington ‘06) and Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.; Cornell University ‘12) – has officially declared their spot on the roster. Kalmoe and Eisser, both 2016 Olympians in the women’s quad, won the event at the 2017 USRowing National Selection Regatta and took silver at the 2017 World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland.
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