National Team Spots Up For Grabs at National Team Trials III

The under 19, under 23 and senior national teams will continue to take shape this coming week as the 2019 U19, U23, Para and Senior World Championships Trials begin Sunday at the Finn M. W. Caspersen Rowing Center on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

The four-day event will see 131 entries from 44 clubs racing to represent the United States internationally in 35 different boat classes.

Under 19 Events

Six events, including the men’s and women’s single sculls, double sculls and pair, will be contested in the under 19 category with winners earning the right to represent the U.S. at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships August 7-11 in Tokyo, Japan. The remaining eight U19 boats will be selected through the national team selection camp process.

The men’s pair and men’s single sculls share the most U19 entries with six each. The field in the U19 women’s pair is made up entirely of boats from the U19 Women’s Selection Camp.

Events with five or more entries will race a time trial, with the top four finishers advancing to the finals. Events with four or fewer entries go directly to the finals. Finals are held in a best two-out-of-three format. If the same crew wins both the first and second final, it is declared the winner. If two different crews win the two finals, the boats will race head-to-head in a third final, with the winner earning a spot on the national team.

Time trials will be held Sunday evening beginning at 7:15 p.m., with the first finals scheduled to take place Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. The second finals will be held Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. If necessary, the third finals will run Tuesday morning finishing at 8:00 a.m. All times are tentative and subject to change.

Under 23 Events

The under 23 trials will see 13 events contested including the men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight single sculls, double sculls, lightweight double sculls, pair, and lightweight pair, as well as the men’s quadruple sculls. The winners earn the right to race at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 24-28 in Sarasota, Fla. The remaining eight U23 boats will be selected through the national team selection camp process.

The lightweight men’s single sculls leads the way with nine entries. In U23 racing, time trials begin Sunday at 7:15 p.m. Heats take place Monday morning, with repechages in the lightweight men’s single sculls taking place Monday night. Repechages in the remaining U23 races will take place Tuesday morning, along with the semifinals in the lightweight men’s single. The finals for all events will take place Wednesday beginning at 8:00 a.m. Times are tentative and subject to change.

Para/Senior Events

Athletes in the 16 senior and para rowing categories will be racing for spots at the 2019 World Rowing Championships August 25-September 1 in Linz, Austria.

In the senior events, the lightweight women’s single sculls has the most entries with eight. The field includes 2018 Senior National Team members Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.), Emily Schmieg (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Jillian Zieff (Wayland, Mass.) Jones and Schmieg won silver in the lightweight double sculls at last year’s world championships. Jones also finished third in the lightweight single sculls at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Zieff has been a part of two national teams, one in 2017 and one in 2018 when she finished second in the lightweight pair at the world championships.

In addition to the lightweight women’s single sculls, the lightweight men’s single sculls, men’s double sculls, men’s and women’s lightweight pair, men’s and women’s lightweight quadruple sculls, and men’s quadruple sculls are on the senior events’ schedule.

The men’s quadruple sculls event has two entries including the crew of Gregory Ansolabehere (Bakersfield, Calif.), Tristan Amberger (Towson, Md.), Michael Knippen (Germantown, Wis.) and John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio), which finished eighth at World Rowing Cup II this June in Poznan, Poland. Knippen has already qualified for the world championships in the single sculls. Last year’s single sculler, Kevin Meador (Boston, Mass.), will race in the competing quad with Lucas Bellows (Forest Lake, Minn.), Wes Vear (Marquette, Mich.), and Nathan Lado (New York, N.Y.) Bellows, Vear, and Lado will all be racing in the upcoming Pan American Games in Peru.

Para rowing events include the PR1 men’s and women’s single sculls, as well as the PR2 mixed double sculls, PR2 men’s and women’s single sculls, PR3 mixed double sculls, and PR3 men’s and women’s pair. Racing uncontested in the PR 1 men’s single, Blake Haxton (Columbus, Ohio) has represented the U.S. for the last five years including a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The PR1 women’s single features 2017 and 2018 National Team member Hallie Smith (Washington, D.C.), who won bronze in the event at the 2018 World Rowing Championships. She is racing uncontested, while the PR2 mixed double has 2016 Paralympian Laura Goodkind (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Russell Gernaat (Redwood City, Calif.) racing against Isaac French (Glenville, N.Y.) and Madison Eberhard (Getzville, N.Y.).

Time trials begin Sunday at 7:15 p.m. Heats take place Monday morning, with repechages in all events taking place on Tuesday. The finals will take place Wednesday beginning at 8:00 a.m. Times are tentative and subject to change.

For the most up-to-date information including schedule and heat sheets, click here.

Photos courtesy of Merijn Soeters Fotografie

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