Athletes Delve to Progress at 2018 Fall Speed Order
By Maeve Berry • November 2, 2018
PRINCETON, N.J. — The 2018 USRowing Fall East Coast Speed Order is scheduled to take place on November 3-4. The event will include on- and off-the-water racing at the Princeton Boathouse and on Lake Carnegie.
On Saturday morning, 99 athletes will complete a 6,000-meter ergometer test to determine their start order in Sunday’s time trial. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, open and lightweight women’s and men’s single scullers will race a 4,250-meter course. The crews start at Carnegie’s 2,000-meter finish line and finish before the Washington Street Bridge. Click here for the course map.
Several 2018 National Team members will be participating in this season’s speed order. Kara Soucek (ARION), who stroked the women’s quadruple sculls; Gregory Ansolabehere, Erik Frid and Justin Keen (Penn Athletic Club), who made up 3-of-4 in the men’s quadruple sculls; Michaela Copenhaver (GMS Rowing Center), who stroked the lightweight women’s quadruple sculls; Peter Schmidt (Potomac Boat Club), who was in the lightweight men’s double sculls; and Zachary Heese (Vesper Boat Club), who was the under 23 lightweight men’s single sculls are all scheduled to compete.
Along with those national team members, several rowers that fared well at the last fall speed order in 2016 return this year to mark their progress.
Potomac Boat Club’s Michalina Fili had the fourth-fastest open women’s erg time, though received a 20-second penalty in the time trial, costing her a second-place finish. ARION’s Kristina Wagner, who proved her speed in a single, claimed second.
Most of the top finishers in the open men’s category came from Penn Athletic Club. Ian Luetzow finished the erg test first and was followed by Keen, who won the time trial. Ansolabehere, who represented Potomac at the time, finished closely in second on the water. Frid earned third-place in both events.
Of the three returnees in the lightweight women’s category, Penn AC’s Cara Stawicki had the top finish in 2016. She completed the erg test fourth and the time trial third.
Of the six competitors returning in the lightweight men’s category, Penn AC’s Jasper Liu finished the erg test first, while Schmidt finished second. Schmidt went on to win the time trial.
Visit USRowing for the full schedule and more information on the 2018 Fall Speed Order.
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