USRowing National Team Members Top the Fall Speed Order
By Maeve Berry • November 4, 2018
PRINCETON, N.J. — In an impressive performance by Peter Schmidt (Potomac Boat Club) in today’s time trial in the lightweight men’s single sculls at the 2018 USRowing Fall Speed Order on Lake Carnegie, the five-time national team member followed up his first-place finish in yesterday’s ergometer race with a victory on the water.
In this weekend’s speed order, all competitors completed a 6,000-meter erg test on Saturday at the Princeton Boathouse, which was followed by a head race-style 4,250-meter time trial in singles on Sunday.
On the erg, Schmidt pulled a 20:16.1, edging out Danny Madden (New York Athletic Club), by 0.2 seconds. On the water, he finished in a 15:52.3, slightly ahead of second-place Jasper Liu (Penn Athletic Club), who finished in 15:53.5.
“I’m pretty pleased with my performance this weekend after some disappointment this summer at worlds,” said Schmidt. “I took a step back to focus on the fundamentals. I want to start this next season on the right foot and get some momentum before jumping into winter training.”
In 2016, Schmidt finished second on the erg and first in the time trial. He believes he has progressed since then, “though it’s hard to compare.” He also attributed a lot of his success at these Speed Orders and National Selection Regattas to his host family, Barbara and Sturge Hogan, who have temporarily housed him for several years.
In the lightweight women’s category, Michaela Copenhaver (GMS Rowing Center), who stroked the lightweight women’s quadruple sculls at the 2018 World Rowing Championships, earned a first-place time trial finish. She completed the course in 17:56.1 and was followed by Cara Stawicki (Penn AC) in 17:59.3.
In this event’s erg test, Stawicki and Jennifer McIlvane (Craftsbury Outdoor Center) tied for second-place with 23:20.5, while Helen Samaniego (Vesper Boat Club) pulled a 22:59.9 to take first.
Michael Knippen (Seattle Rowing Center) and Gregory Ansolabehere (Penn AC), who raced in the men’s quadruple sculls together at the world championships, pulled the two fastest open men’s 6,000-meter erg times in 18:41.0 and 18:56.5, respectively.
In the time trial, Ezra Carlson (Seattle) proved his efficiency, finishing first in 15:39.9. He was followed by Jonathan Kirkegaard (Vesper) in 15:44.4 and Ansolabehere in 15:47.2.
In the open women’s event, Jenifer Forbes (Craftsbury) completed the erg test first in 21:24.7, with Morgan Hummel (ARION) coming in second in 21:37.6.
U.S. National Team women’s quadruple sculls stroke Kara Soucek (ARION) finished third on the erg in 21:41.9, before going on to earn second on the water in 17:33.7. Michalina Fili (Potomac Boat Club) took first in the time trial, crossing the finish in 17:27.9.
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