Twelve U.S. Crews Prepare for World Rowing Cup III
By Dan Brauchli • July 10, 2018
The United States will have 12 crews racing this weekend at the third and final World Rowing Cup of the year held in Lucerne, Switzerland.
American crews are entered in the lightweight men’s single sculls, women’s single sculls, lightweight women’s double sculls, men’s double sculls, women’s double sculls, women’s pair, men’s four, women’s four, men’s eight and women’s eight.
Racing to a seventh-place finish at World Rowing Cup I in Belgrade, Serbia, Kara Kohler (Clayton, Calif.) will once again be representing the U.S. in the women’s single. A top-six finish at this event would earn Kohler the right to declare for the 2018 U.S. Senior National Team in the event. A four-time senior national team member, Kohler raced in the women’s quadruple sculls at the 2017 World Rowing Championships and won a bronze medal in the quad at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Also returning from the first world cup is the crew of Emily Schmieg (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Mary (Jones) Nabel (Huntsville, Ala.) in the lightweight women’s double sculls. The crew hopes to improve upon its sixth-place finish in Belgrade. The two will race in a field of 16 entries, eyeing the South African crew of Kirsten McCann and Nicole Van Wyk, who finished 4.87 seconds ahead of Schmieg and Nabel in the first world cup to earn a silver medal.
Following their victories at the 2018 USRowing Senior World Championships Trials I, Ben Davison (Inverness, Fla.) and John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio), along with Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.) and Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.), will be racing in the men’s and women’s double sculls, respectively. By winning their trials events, both crews have already earned their places on the 2018 U.S. Senior National Team but will be using the third world cup to test their speed against international competition. Davison and Graves will face 14 other crews, while O’Leary and Tomek will race in a field of 12.
Erin Reelick (Brookfield, Conn.) and Molly Bruggeman (Dayton, Ohio) will be racing alongside Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio) and Kristine O’Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) in the women’s pair. Racing in a field of 14 entries, both crews will be up against the New Zealand crew of Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast, who not only hold the world’s best time, but also are the defending world champions in the event. Most recently, Gowler and Prendergast won gold in Linz Ottensheim at World Rowing Cup II.
Competing in a field of 22 entries, Alex Twist (Seattle, Wa.) will be representing the United States in the lightweight men’s single sculls. Twist most recently raced for the United States at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight pair, where he finished sixth overall.
The U.S. will have two entries in the women’s four. Madeleine Wanamaker (Neenah, Wis.), Sophia Vitas (Franklin, Wis.), Erin Briggs (Orono, Minn.) and Erin Boxberger (Overland Park, Kan.) will race alongside Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.), Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.), Gia Doonan (Rochester, Mass.) and Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.) in the event. The gold medal Australian crew from World Rowing Cup II also will be racing in the event.
Dana Moffat (Manlius, N.Y.), Olivia Coffey (Watkins Glen, N.Y.) and coxswain Katelin Guregian (Detroit, Mich.) will be joined by Mueller and O’Brien from the women’s pair and Eisser, Opitz, Doonan and Regan from the women’s four to race in the women’s eight. This is the first time the eight has raced internationally since its fourth-place finish at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
Coming from the Under 23 Selection Camp located in Seattle, Wash., the U.S. will have entries in both the men’s four and men’s eight. Madison Molitor (Moses Lake, Wash.), Alex Wallis (Cupertino, Calif.), Hunter Hodges (Seattle, Wash.) and Elijah Maesner (Duvall, Wash.) will be up against 15 other entries in the men’s four. They will face steep competition as the returning World Cup II gold medalists from Australia are also entered in the event.
In the men’s eight, the crew of Andrew Knoll (Greenback, Tenn.), Michael Grady (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Samuel Halbert (Redmond, Wash.), Brennan Wertz (Marin, Calif.), Andrew Gaard (Madison, Wis.), Chris Carlson (Bedford, N.H.), Justin Best (Kennett Square Pa.), Arne Landboe (Shoreline, Wash.) and coxswain Rielly Milne (Woodinville, Wash.) will test its speed against 10 other countries. The World Cup II gold medalists and defending world champions from Germany are also entered in the event.
The world cup circuit offers elite athletes the opportunity to test their speed against international competition before the penultimate event of the year, the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Racing is scheduled to begin on Friday,. For the most up-to-date information on the event, click here
Including the U.S. crews, 265 entries from 37 different countries are competing in 18 events.
Live audio commentary and the live race tracker will be available for all races on www.worldrowing.com.
On Sunday, NBC will broadcast World Rowing Cup III live on The Olympic Channel cable network, and live stream via authentication on digital channels OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel app.
Viewing times for cable TV broadcasts are as follows: Sunday, July 15, the morning session of racing will be at 4:00-6:00 a.m. EDT (live) and the afternoon session of racing will be 7:30-9:30 a.m. EDT (live). Click here for the cable channel finder. Click here for the full event schedule, when posted.
Live streaming will not be available on worldrowing.com in the United States, but the VOD clips will be available 24 hours after the event.