U.S. PR3 Mixed Four Gains Experience at Gavirate International Para Regatta

With four athletes racing in their first international regatta, the U.S. PR3 mixed four with coxswain that raced at the 2018 Para Rowing International Regatta got the chance to gain a wealth of experience this weekend in Gavirate, Italy.

The crew of six-time national team coxswain Jenny Sichel (Clifton, N.J.) and newcomers Tom Demers (Andover, Mass.), Charley Nordin (Alameda, Calif.), Molly Moore (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Pearl Outlaw (Charlottesville, Va.) raced down the course four times, twice in heats and twice in finals, over the three-day regatta.

In Saturday’s first final, the crew clocked an 8:01.60 to finish fifth behind France, Israel, Ukraine and Italy. France won the race in a 7:27.20. In Sunday’s second final, the U.S. boat came back to finish fourth behind France, Israel and Ukraine, clocking a 7:47.54 to finish four seconds ahead of fifth-place Italy. France won the race in a 7:25.46.

“The U.S. PR3 squad is getting deeper every year,” said Ellen Minzner, head coach of the U.S. Para National Team. “In this Gavirate crew were two of the top U.S. collegiate rowers with para eligibility – Charley Nordin from Gonzaga and Pearl Outlaw from Ithaca. They have just taken a huge step forward in their rowing careers with their first international para race. While we did not get the results we hoped for in finishing fourth and fifth in the finals, it bodes well for selection camp, as we will now have twice as many athletes with international experience competing for a spot in the four.”

The U.S. has won four consecutive silver medals in the PR3 mixed four with coxswain at the world level including the last three world championships and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Moore is scheduled to race later this week with Miriam Ward in the PR3 women’s pair at the National Selection Regatta 2/Spring Speed Order 2. This is the first year that para rowing events will be contested at the NSR.

Photos provided by Jenny Sichel

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