Stage Set for 2018 National Selection Regatta II/Spring Speed Order II
By Dan Brauchli • May 16, 2018
PRINCETON, N.J. — The path towards the 2018 World Rowing Championships continues this week, when racing begins at the 2018 National Selection Regatta II/Spring Speed Order II.
Beginning Thursday morning, 95 athletes will compete in nine events at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J. National selection regatta events include the men’s and women’s pairs, men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls and the PR3 women’s pair. The speed order events being contested include the men’s and women’s double sculls and the men’s and women’s PR2 single sculls.
Winners in the men’s and women’s pairs, as well as the lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, will get the chance to race at either the 2018 World Rowing Cup II or III race. A top-four finish in the pairs (or a top 50 percent finish in events with less than eight entries) or a top-six finish in the lightweight double sculls (or a top 50 percent finish in events with less than 12 entries) earns them a spot on the U.S. National Team. The top two finishers of the PR3 women’s pair will receive an automatic invitation to the PR3 mixed four with coxswain selection camp, which will select the boat to race at the 2018 World Rowing Championships.
The speed order events offer athletes an opportunity to test their speed against other elites in American rowing early in the season. Additionally, the top two finishers in the three para events will be eligible to receive Direct Athlete Support funding. Direct Athlete Support for para athletes has been included to encourage para participation in the National Selection Regatta. This is the first NSR/SSO to include para events.
The men’s double sculls leads the way in number of entries with 14, followed by the women’s pair with 11 entries. More than 60 athletes competing this week have represented the U.S. in international competition including 11 Olympians from the past three Olympic Games.
Racing begins Thursday at 7:30 a.m. with time trials. Semifinals are currently scheduled to begin on Friday at 7:00 a.m, with finals scheduled to be raced Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m. However, this schedule is tentative as USRowing continues to monitor the weather. Any schedule changes will be posted on USRowing.org.
For more information and a preliminary racing schedule, click here.