2017 Senior and Para World Championship Trials Began With Time Trials

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — On a cloudy Sunday evening, 74 athletes arrived at Mercer Lake for the first day of the 2017 U.S. Senior and Para World Championship Trials. Winners in 19 para and senior boat classes this week will earn the opportunity to race at the 2017 World Rowing Championships September 24 to October 1 in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.

The evening began with time trials in three para events. The PR3 mixed double sculls, PR2 mixed double sculls and PR1 women’s single sculls competitors started off racing strong and determined their lane placements for Wednesday’s finals.

The PR3 mixed double sculls time trial was led by the Community Rowing, Inc., and Three Rivers Rowing Association composite crew of Katherine Barrett and Aidan Porter in a time of 7:49.35. Barrett and Porter will line up against the composite crew of Natalie McCarthy and Russell Gernaat from Seattle Rowing Center and Bair Island Aquatic Center in the final on Wednesday, August 9 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

Rio Paralympian Laura Goodkind (Santa Monica, Calif.; Whittier College) excelled in the PR2 mixed double sculls time trial with pair partner Isaac French (Glenville, New York) of ARION. The duo crossed the line in 8:37.27. Goodkind and French will race Wednesday at 10:08 a.m. EST against 2016 Paralympian Helman Roman (Miami, Fla.) and Betsy Mitchell (Sarasota, Fla.).

The last time trial for para events was the PR1 women’s single sculls. Hallie Smith of MedStar Paralympic was first to the line in 11:18.72, followed by Treasure Coast Rowing’s 2016 Paralympian Jacqui Kapinowski (Tequesta, Fla.). Smith and Kapinowski will be joined by Taylor Roberts of Richmond Community Rowing in the final on Wednesday at 10:16 a.m. EST.

In the men’s and women’s single sculls time trials, 2017 USRowing Club National Champions Michael Clougher (Canton Mass.; Connecticut College) of the California Rowing Club and Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio; University of Michigan) of The Foundry won in 6:43.47 and 7:11.58, respectively. Mueller, a 2016 Olympian in the pair, had a seven-second lead over second place. Clougher and Mueller will kick off racing tomorrow with heats in the singles.

2017 Under 23 bronze medalist Ben Davison (Inverness, Fla.; University of Washington) and partner John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio; Trinity College) stood out as well, securing the fastest time in the men’s double sculls time trial with a 16-second winning margin. Davison and Graves finished in a time of 6:03.59. The Craftsbury Sculling Center duo will join the Vesper and Penn AC composite crew of Nicholas Goode and David Judah in the final on Wednesday at 8:16 a.m. EST.

In the women’s double sculls, 2016 Olympians Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.; University of Michigan) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.; University of Virginia) handily secured the top spot in a time of 6:41.28. Cicely Madden (Weston, Mass.; Brown University) and Elizabeth Sharis (Bettendorf, Iowa; Stanford University), having recently competed at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, proved that their age would not hold them back, finishing second in a time of 6:46.17. Racing for the women’s double sculls will pick up again on Monday, August 7 at 8:40 a.m. EST with heats.

Next up, 18-year-old Andrew LeRoux (Venice, Fla.; Princeton University) and Ben Delaney (Windermere, Fla.; George Washington University) placed first out of six USRowing Training Center crews in the men’s pair time trial. All six USTC crews will race in the heats tomorrow morning at 8:56 a.m. EST.

In the lightweight women’s double sculls, Emily Schmieg (Philadelphia, Pa.; University of Pittsburgh) and Michelle Sechser (Folsom, Calif.; University of Tulsa) advanced out of the time trials in 6:47.58. All three crews in the event will race in the finals on Wednesday at 8:48 a.m. EST.

Newport Aquatic Center’s lightweight single sculler Nicholas Trojan (Los Alamitos, Calif.; Orange Coast College) won his time trial in 6:46.94, with Keble Boat Club’s Matt O’Leary (Westwood, Mass.; Harvard University) second in 6:48.48.  All crews will race in tomorrow’s heats, beginning at 9:12 a.m. EST.

In the final time trial of the day, Cambridge Boat Club’s Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.; University of Tennessee, Knoxville) dominated the lightweight single sculls, earning the top spot in a time of 7:23.79, 14 seconds over second place. Jones will join seven other scullers in the heats tomorrow morning, beginning at 9:28 a.m. EST.

Results from Sunday’s time trials can be found at www.HereNOW.com.

Racing will continue tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. with heats for the men’s and women’s single sculls, women’s double sculls, men’s pair, and lightweight men’s and women’s single sculls.

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.

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