Twelve U.S. Boats to Compete at Pan American Games Qualification Regatta

Twelve U.S. boats will be looking to qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games as the 2018 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta gets underway Wednesday at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In total, 13 events will be contested this week on the 2016 Olympic rowing course.

Wednesday’s racing features heats and repechages in the men’s and women’s single sculls. In the men’s single sculls, Lucas Bellows (Forest Lake, Minn.) will take on 18 other scullers including Cuba’s Angel Fournier Rodriguez, who was an Olympic finalist in the event in 2016 and won the silver medal at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. In the women’s single sculls, Jenifer Forbes (Baltimore, Md.) will take on 16 other scullers including 2016 Olympian Felice Chow from Trinidad and Tobago.

Thursday’s racing features heats and repechages in the women’s double sculls, men’s double sculls, women’s pair, men’s four, lightweight men’s double sculls, and lightweight women’s double sculls, as well as semifinals in the men’s single.

Nathan Lado (New York, N.Y.) and Wes Vear (Marquette, Mich.) will race in the men’s double against 13 other crews, while Julia Lonchar and Margaret Fellows (Warwick, Mass.) will compete in the women’s double against eight boats. Fournier Rodriguez, who also will race in the quadruple sculls, will join with fellow Olympian Adrian Oquendo Ibanez to race the double as well.

Liz Euiler (Meredith, N.H.) and Solveig Imsdahl (Schoenwald, Germany) will compete against seven other boats in the women’s pair, while the men’s four of Jonathan Zagroba (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Veton Celaj (New York, N.Y.), Paul Verni (New Rochelle, N.Y.), and Thaddeus Babiec (Alexandria, Va.) will take on six other crews.

Cooper Hurley (Andover, Mass.) and James McCullough (Philadelphia, Pa.) are part of a 14-boat field in the lightweight men’s double, while Sydney Taylor (Dover, Del.) and Keara Twist will take on 11 other crews in the lightweight women’s double. In the women’s category, 2016 Brazilian Olympian Vanessa Cozzi is back with a new partner, Isabelle Falck Camargo.

On Friday, the men’s pair, men’s quadruple sculls, lightweight women’s single sculls, and women’s quadruple sculls will race in heats and repechages, with semifinals in the women’s single, lightweight men’s double and men’s double also taking place.

Logan Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) and James Garay (East Leroy, Mich.) are one of eight entries in the men’s pair, while Jessica Hyne will race in a field of 12 in the lightweight women’s single. In the men’s quadruple sculls, Vear, Lado, Hurley and McCullough will team up against nine other crews, while Lonchar, Fellow, Twist and Taylor will take on eight other crews in the women’s quadruple sculls.

Finals will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Crews that finish high enough in each boat category 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. An explanation of the qualification system can be found here.

For more information on the 2018 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta, click here. For more information on the 2019 Pan American Games, click here.

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