Saturday Morning Racing Sets Tomorrow’s Finals for Trials II

With calm waters and a slight breeze, Saturday morning racing at Mercer Lake solidified tomorrow’s finals for the 2019 Senior Trials II/Para NSR/Speed Order II. In the trials events, semi-final racing was run for the women’s double, while repechage racing was run for the lightweight men’s and women’s doubles. The top two finishers in both races of the women’s double would make up tomorrow’s final and the winner of each repechage earned their way into their respective finals. Additionally, semifinal racing was run in the men’s double for Speed Order II.

In the first races of the morning, New York Athletic Club’s Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.) won their semi-final, posting the fastest time in the event at 7:07.62. The duo was followed by ARION’s crew of Lily Keane (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Kristina Wagner (Weston, Mass.) who crossed the line in second, finishing in 7:13.26. Keane and Wagner will join Tomek and O’Leary in tomorrow morning’s final.

Gevvie Stone (Newton, Mass.) and Cicely Madden (Weston, Mass.) of Cambridge Boat Club took first in the second semi-final in a time of 7:11.98, earning their spot in tomorrow’s final. Crossing the line 7.46 seconds behind the CBC double was USTC-Princeton’s Alie Rusher (West Bend, Wis.) and Kate Roach (North Oaks, Minn.). Rusher and Roach’s second place finish earned them the fourth and final spot in tomorrow’s final.

As repechage racing was run for the lightweight men’s double, the winners of the two races would join the Vesper/New York Athletic Club composite crew of Jasper Liu (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Daniel Madden (New Rochelle, N.Y.), as well as Nick Trojan (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Andrew Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) of Newport and Cambridge Boat Clubs in tomorrow’s final.

Matthew O’Leary (Westwood, Mass.) and Tyler Nase (Phoenixville, Pa.) won the first repechage in a time of 6:53.29, earning their spot in tomorrow’s final. The Keble/Vesper composite crew beat the second place boat from Riverside by 6.94 seconds. O’Leary and Nase will additionally be joined by the Potomac/Vesper composite crew of Peter Schmidt (Providence, R.I.) and Zachary Heese (Pelham, N.Y.). Schmidt and Heese won the second repechage in a time of 6:49.01 to earn their spot in the final. The two won their race by over 11 seconds, beating out a second Riverside crew.

In the first lightweight women’s double repechage of the day, the Cambridge/Potomac composite crew of Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.) and Emily Schmieg (Philadelphia, Pa.) clocked a 7:19.47 to win and earn a spot in the final. The two won by 5.52 seconds.

Sarasota Crew’s Jessica Hyne-Dolan and Cara Stawicki (Wall, N.J.) followed suit, winning the second repechage in a time of 7:23.27. The two crews will be joined by the Hydrow/Vesper composite crew of Christine Cavallo (Windermere, Fla.) and Michelle Sechser (Folsom Calif.) and the Sarasota/BIAC composite crew of Mary Reckford (Short Hills, N.J.) and Rosa Kemp (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) who each advanced directly to the final after winning their respective heats.

The last races of the morning were held for the men’s double. The semi-finals for this event saw the top three finishers in each race advance to tomorrow’s six-boat final. The Craftsbury/Penn AC composite crew of John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Justin Keen (Hatfield, Penn.) won the first semifinal in a time of 6:37.76. Following closely behind were the Penn AC crews of Charles Anderson (Clifton Heights, Penn.) and Erik Frid (Madbury, N.H.), as well as Sebastian Amberger (Towson, Md.) and Gregory Davis (Hillsborough, Calif.). The two crews finished in 6:39.07 and 6:39.50, respectively, earning their spots in tomorrow’s final.

Penn AC’s crew of Michael Knippen (Germantown, Wis.) and Gregory Ansolabehere (Bakersfield, Calif.) took the second semifinal, winning in a time of 6:34.88. Kevin Meador (Berkeley, Calif.) and Jonathan Kirkegaard (Philadelphia, Penn.), the Craftsbury/Vesper composite, placed second, a mere 0.28 seconds behind Knippen and Ansolabehere. The Vesper/Craftsbury composite crew of Jacob Plihal (Vashon Island, Wash.) and Lucas Bellows (Forest Lake, Minn.) earned the final spot in tomorrow’s final, with a third-place finish of 6:36.53.

The final race of the day was the C final for Speed Order II in the men’s double. Erik Hallenbeck (Bedford, N.H.) and Andrew Raitto, crossed the line first in 6:51.34, earning a thirteenth overall place in the event. Penn AC’s Eliot Putnam (Littleton, Mass.) and David Judah followed just 0.65 seconds behind for a No. 14 overall finish. Nevin Cunningham (Evanston, Ill.) and Stuart Maeder (Washington, D.C.) of Penn AC finished in 6:57.92 earning No. 15 overall.

Racing will resume tomorrow morning with finals for all three trials events, as well as for the men’s double Speed Order. Four-boat finals will be run for the trials events and a six-boat final will be run for the Speed Order. Winners of the three trials events will earn the right to declare for the 2019 U.S. National Team and represent the U.S. at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. Additionally, a B final will be held for the men’s double, to determine places 7 through 12, overall. For a complete schedule of events and results from today’s racing, click here.

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

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The 2019 World Rowing Championships will be held August 25-September 1 in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. This year’s world championships serve as the initial country qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games.

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