Ten Crews Victorious at 2019 Pan American Games Trials

Ten crews earned victories at the 2019 Pan American Games Trials on Monday at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

The winning crews will now get the opportunity to race at the 2019 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta scheduled for November 29-December 2, 2018, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Crews have until August 28 to declare their intent to compete at the qualification regatta.

Craftsbury Sculling Center took the top spot in both the men’s and women’s single sculls. In the men’s single, Lucas Bellows (Forest Lake, Minn.) held off a final push from Penn Athletic Club’s Thomas Phifer (New York, N.Y.) to win the race in a 7:47.98. Phifer finished in a 7:52.06. In the women’s single, Jenifer Forbes (Baltimore, Md.) defeated Potomac’s Michalina Fili (Sparks, Md.) by a little more than two seconds to win in an 8:29.51. Fili finished in an 8:31.77.

Craftsbury also took the top spot in the men’s double sculls with Nathan Lado (New York, N.Y.) and Wes Vear (Marquette, Mich.) defeating the Craftsbury Composite crew of Kevin Cardno (Huntsville, Ala.) and Frank Horpel (Castro Valley, Calif.) by more than nine seconds. Lado and Vear crossed the line in a 7:00.23. The unaffiliated combination of Julia Lonchar and Margaret Fellows (Warwick, Mass.) won the women’s double sculls by more than 13 seconds. Lonchar and Fellows finished with a time of 7:47.45

Vesper’s Logan Smith and James Garay finished nearly a minute ahead of their nearest competitors in the men’s pair. Smith and Garay clocked a 7:22.48. In the women’s pair, Vesper’s Liz Euiler (Meredith, N.H.) and Solveig Imsdahl (Schoenwald, Germany) raced uncontested, finishing in an 8:12.20.

Sarasota Crew’s Jessica Hyne won her final of the lightweight women’s single sculls by nearly seven seconds, finishing with a time of 8:36.20. Riverside Boat Club’s Erin Roberts (Fogelsville, Pa.) finished second in an 8:43.16. The unaffiliated double of Cooper Hurley (Andover, Mass.) and James McCullough (Philadelphia, Pa.) had no trouble in their two-boat race in the lightweight men’s double sculls, crossing the line in a 7:22.42, more than 13 seconds in front of its challenger. Seattle Rowing Center’s Sydney Taylor (Dover, Del.) and Keara Twist won the lightweight women’s double sculls by more than six seconds, clocking an 8:08.68.

The men’s four of Veton Celaj, Jonathan Zagroba (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Thaddeus Babiec (Alexandria, Va.) and John Carroll (Bronxville, N.Y.) raced uncontested, as did the lightweight men’s four of Joseph Hanna, Galen Bernick (Tempe, Ariz.), Brendan Mulvey (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and Anders Corbett (Menomonie, Wis.) The men’s four crossed the line in a 7:30.65. However, the lightweight four was excluded after its boat failed to make weight.

The qualification process for the 2019 Pan American Games is running differently than in previous years, as the Pan American Rowing Confederation decided to move away from automatic qualification spots to a qualification regatta. The winning crews at trials will compete at the qualification regatta and, depending on their results in Brazil, will earn the right to be nominated to represent the U.S. at the 2019 Pan American Games taking place July 26-August 11, 2019, in Lima, Peru.

For complete results of today’s racing, click here.

Click here for the 2019 Pan American Games Selection Procedures and eligibility requirements. Click here for the 2019 Pan American Games Selection Procedures Announcement.

For more information on the 2019 Pan American Games, click here.

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