Time Trials Kick Off 2018 USRowing Club National Championships

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. — On Wednesday, more than 1,000 under 17 and under 19 crews raced down Cooper River in 24 time trials, vying for a spots in the semifinals at the 2018 USRowing Club National Championships.

South Jersey Rowing Club’s Elle Caton and Regan McDonnell advanced to the semifinal in the U19 women’s double sculls. With the top 18 finishers moving on to the semifinals, Caton and McDonnell placed second out of 66 entries on their home course, completing the time trial in 7:46.499.

“This was probably our seventh time rowing together; it was nice having it on our home river,” said Caton. “Knowing where you are on the course makes you feel more confident.”

“Here, there are so many distinct landmarks, which I think helps the race go by quicker because you have so much to take in as you’re going,” said McDonnell.

After feeling nervous for the time trials, the crew is gearing up for semifinals, feeling more prepared.

“I’m excited to see what we can do when we’re against other boats,” said McDonnell.

“We’re both hoping to go to finals. We know if we make it to finals, we get to go to Canadian Henley; that’s our coaches rule,” Caton said.

The crew of Katelin Gildersleeve and Lauren Howe from Oklahoma City High Performance Center posted the fastest time of the day in the U19 women’s double sculls with a 7:29.297 ahead of South Jersey. Gildersleeve and Howe took second in the same event at this year’s Under 19 National Team Trials. Later in the day, Gildersleeve won the U19 women’s single sculls time trial and the U19 women’s quadruple sculls time trial. She won the single in an 8:02.224, about 10 seconds ahead of the second-place boat, and the quad with Howe, Jordan Bynoe and Hailey Mead by 14 seconds.

The U19 men’s single sculls had the most entries at 74 boats. Thomas Foltz of Virginia Boat Club prevailed, finishing in 7:06.783.

“This is the biggest event I’ve raced at, and I want to go out there and give it my best,” said Foltz, who won the men’s varsity single sculls at the 2018 National Schools’ Championship Regatta.

The top crews in the U19 women’s eight posted times within seconds of each other, as the first-place crew from Row West Racing Camp, which took third in last year’s competition, crossed the line in 6:47.930, 1.1 seconds ahead of Community Rowing, Inc. Second through fourth place were even tighter, as CRI finished in 6:49.030, followed by the U18 High Performance Camp in 6:49.390 and Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association in 6:49.708.

In the U19 women’s pair, the Greenwich/Saugatuck composite crew of Lucy Koven and Caitlin Esse, who will be heading to the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships in August after earning a spot on the team last week, easily won today’s time trial. The crew crossed the line in 7:07.710, more than 30 seconds ahead of the second-place crew.

Maritime Rowing Club’s crew of William Legenzowski and James Hilton had the fastest U19 men’s double sculls time of 6:39.165, about 13 seconds ahead of the the second-place crew.

The U17 Racing Team dominated the U17 men’s eight event, as the “A” crew from Ashland crossed the line in a 6:04.684 and the “A” crew from Saratoga in a 6:05.589, taking the top two spots.

In the U17 women’s quadruple sculls, the U18 High Performance Team took first in a 7:07.000 and was followed by the U17 Development Team in 7:16.560.

Click here for the remaining results from today’s racing.

Racing will continue with U19 and U17 semifinals on Thursday, followed by U19 and U17 finals on Friday morning. On Friday afternoon, time trials in the intermediate and elite/senior racing gets underway, with the remaining time trials and semifinals following on Saturday and finals on Sunday. Racing is anticipated to conclude Sunday at 4 p.m.

Teams at the USRowing Club National Championships compete for the Colgan Cup Overall Team Points Trophy, Sulgar-Barnes Men’s Points Trophy and Marion D. Ventura Women’s Points Trophy.

USRowing also annually hosts a College Fair at this event. The fair is an opportunity for rising seniors to meet with coaches from more than 70 colleges from across the country. The event will run Friday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The college program meeting area will be open Friday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for office hours determined by each school.

This year, USRowing has again partnered with CaptainU as its exclusive online athlete recruiting partner to provide a free recruiting profile and resources for rowing in college. With the free recruiting profile, athletes can publish erg scores, academics and videos all in one place, connect directly with college rowing programs, search colleges to find the best fit and receive guidance throughout the recruiting process.

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Live streaming of races will be available all day Thursday, Friday morning, Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday on USRowing’s YouTube channel.

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