Morning Time Trials Seed Evening Racing at Trials II

On Thursday morning, national team hopefuls took to Mercer Lake to complete 1,900-meter time trials that determined seeding for heat racing, set to take place this evening in West Windsor, N.J.

Calm, flat conditions lead into the first race race of the morning, where the New York Athletic Club women’s double of Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.) set the fastest time in their boat class. The two crossed the line in 6:42.27, 3.70 seconds ahead of the second finisher Cambridge Boat Club. Gevvie Stone (Newton, Mass.) and Cicely Madden (Weston, Mass.) of CBC secured their second-position seeding by posting a time of 6:45.97. ARION’s double of Lily Keane (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Kristina Wagner (Weston, Mass.) placed third in 6:47.48.

With a slight tail-wind picking up throughout the morning, the men’s lightweight doubles saw the fastest times of the time trials. The Vesper/New York Athletic Club composite crew of Jasper Liu (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Daniel Madden (New Rochelle, N.Y.) posted a time of 6:03.67, securing the top spot for heats. The two were followed closely by the Newport/Cambridge composite crew of Nick Trojan (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Andrew Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.), which crossed the line in 6:04.49. Tyler Nase (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Matthew O’Leary (Westwood, Mass.) finished third in 6:10.24.

Teammates from the 2018 national team, Christine Cavallo (Windermere, Fla.) and Michelle Sechser (Folsom Calif.) closed out morning racing, posting a time of 6:39.33. That time earned the Hydrow/Vesper composite first-place in the women’s lightweight double. Cavallo and Sechser finished 4.68 seconds ahead of the Sarasota/BIAC composite crew of Mary Reckford (Short Hills, N.J.) and Rosa Kemp (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), which clocked a 6:44.01. Sarasota Crew’s Jessica Hyne-Dolan and Cara Stawicki (Wall, N.J.) rounded out the top three, finishing in 6:44.74.

In addition to the three national team trials events, time trials for Speed Order II were concurrently held for the men’s double sculls. Speed Order II offers athletes an opportunity to test their speed against others training with national team aspirations in mind. Penn AC’s crew of Michael Knippen (Germantown, Wis.) and Gregory Ansolabehere (Bakersfield, Calif.) topped the time trial, finishing in 6:12.02. Just 0.28 seconds behind Knippen and Ansolabehere, the Craftsbury/Penn AC composite crew of John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Justin Keen (Hatfield, Penn.) earned second-place. Kevin Meador (Berkeley, Calif.) and Jonathan Kirkegaard (Philadelphia, Penn.), a Craftsbury/Vesper composite, came out of the time trial with the third seed, after posting a 6:13.25.

Heats for all four boat classes are set to take place this evening. The two heat winners for both the men’s and women’s lightweight doubles will advance directly to Sunday’s final, while the rest of the field will race in Saturday’s repechage for their spot in the final. The top two finishers in the three women’s doubles heats will move on to race the semi-final on Saturday, while the rest will need to go through repechage racing on Friday to make the semi-final. Finally, the top four finishers in the three men’s doubles heats will advance to semi-finals on Saturday, with the remainder moving to the C final, to determine places 13 through 16 overall.

Full results from this morning’s races and the most up to date schedule for racing can be found on

Click here for more information on the 2019 Senior Trials II/Para NSR/Speed Order II.

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