Five Crews Advance Thursday at Pan American Games Qualification Regatta

The U.S. had five crews advance on Thursday at the 2018 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The women’s double sculls, women’s pair and men’s four all moved on to the A finals, while the men’s double sculls and lightweight men’s double sculls advanced to the semifinals.

Nathan Lado (New York, N.Y.) and Wes Vear (Marquette, Mich.) won the third heat of the men’s double sculls to advance to the semifinals. Lado and Vear clocked a 7:02.69 to outpace Uruguay by 4.31 seconds. Argentina’s Cristian Rosso and Agustin Diaz recorded the fastest time of the heats, winning the second race in a 6:52.03 ahead of Chile. Cuba’s Jorge Felix Patterson and Angel Fournier Rodriguez won the first heat in a 6:52.52, finishing less than three seconds ahead of Brazil. Lado and Vear will race in the semifinals on Friday.

In the women’s double sculls, Julia Lonchar and Margaret Fellows (Warwick, Mass.) advanced directly to the finals thanks to a second-place finish in their heat. Lonchar and Fellows finished with a time of 7:29.00, just 1.81 seconds off the pace set by Argentina’s Maria Sol Ordas and Oriana Ruiz. Chile’s duo of Antonia Abraham and Josefa Vila Betancur won the second heat in a 7:28.19, followed closely by Cuba in a 7:29.93. Lonchar and Fellows will race in the final on Saturday.

Liz Euiler (Meredith, N.H.) and Solveig Imsdahl (Schoenwald, Germany) advanced to the finals of the women’s pair off of a fourth-place finish in the repechage. After finishing second to Canada in their morning heat, Euiler and Imsdahl held off Uruguay in the repechage to claim the last qualification spot for the final. Canada’s Jessica Sevick and Kristina Walker and Chile’s Antonia and Melita Abraham won the two heats. Mexico, Nicaragua and Brazil also advanced to the final.

After finishing fourth in its heat, 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.) finished fourth in the repechage to advance to Saturday’s final. The U.S. bested Canada for the last qualification spot. The U.S. will join heat winners Argentina, Chile, as well as Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela, in the final.

Cooper Hurley (Andover, Mass.) and James McCullough (Philadelphia, Pa.) followed up their fourth-place finish in their morning heat of the lightweight men’s double sculls with a second-place finish in their repechage, advancing to tomorrow’s semifinals.

In the second semifinal of the men’s single sculls, Lucas Bellows (Forest Lake, Minn.) finished fourth, missing a spot in the final by 0.39 seconds. Brazil’s Lucas Verthein won the race in a 7:28.14, but the battle was between Bellows and Puerto Rico’s Joseph Willian Conessa Purmann for the last qualification spot. The Puerto Rican finished with a time of 7:34.37, with Bellows crossing in a 7:34.77. Cuba’s Angel Fournier Rodriguez won the other semifinal in a 7:29.28.

After finishing fifth in their heat of the lightweight women’s double sculls, Sydney Taylor (Dover, Del.) and Keara Twist took fourth in their repechage and will now race in the B final against Canada, Guatemala and Uruguay on Saturday.

In total, 12 U.S. boats are racing at the qualification regatta. 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. Finals will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

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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