2018 Elite Racing Season Starts Tuesday with First NSR
By Dan Brauchli • April 16, 2018
PRINCETON, N.J. — The path towards the 2018 World Rowing Championships starts this week, when racing begins at the 2018 National Selection Regatta 1/Spring Speed Order 1.
Beginning Tuesday morning and running through Friday, April 20, 107 athletes will compete in four events at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J. National selection regatta events include the men’s and women’s single sculls, while the speed order events include the men’s and women’s lightweight single sculls.
Winners in the two NSR events get the chance to race at any 2018 World Rowing Cup race, where a top-six finish (or a top 50 percent finish in events with less than 12 entries) earns them a spot on the U.S. National Team. The speed order events offer athletes an opportunity to test their speed against other elites in American rowing early in the season.
This year’s regatta also serves as the first event of the three-part U.S. Lotman Challenge. The top eight open weight scullers from the men’s and women’s single, alongside the top two men’s and women’s lightweight single scullers, will advance to the second round of the Herb Lotman Challenge at the 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta.
The men’s single sculls leads the way in number of entries with 41, followed by the women’ single with 29 entries. More than 40 athletes competing this week have represented the U.S. in international competition including seven Olympians from the past three Olympic Games. The NSR also will mark the return to national competition of 2016 Olympic women’s single sculls silver medalist Gevvie Stone.
Racing begins Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. with time trials and continues with heats on Wednesday beginning at 8:00 a.m. With results from all four events counting towards the 2018 U.S. Lotman Challenge, A and B finals will be raced Friday beginning at 8:00 a.m.
For more information and a preliminary racing schedule, click here.