U19 Selection Camp Crew Confident After National Semifinal

Bethel, Ohio — Semifinals wrapped up Saturday at the USRowing National Championships as crews in the intermediate and senior/elite divisions competed for their spot in the finals, which are set to take place on Sunday. 

The U19 Women’s National Team Selection Camp had multiple boats and athletes competing today, part of the process to select the top athletes who will represent the United States as part of the Junior National Team at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan, during the second weekend in August.

For more information on the Selection Camp process, click here.

The intermediate four with coxswain saw three boats from the U19 Selection Camp advance to the finals. The “A” boat containing Alena Criss, Aidan Wrenn-Walz, Morgan Linsley, Lindsey Rust, and coxswain Hannah Diaz, had the fastest time in the semifinals, finishing in 7:20.476.

Diaz was pleased with her boat’s performance but knows they can’t rest on their laurels.

“We’ve had some solid races but there’s definitely ways we need to improve,” said Diaz. 

The crew has only been racing in the same boat for five days. 

“[It’s] not very long ago, so we still have lots of room to find our flow together and build on our speed,” said Rust. 

The crew is well aware of what is up for grabs — a spot on the junior national team. 

“It’s pretty exciting. It’s been multiple years at camp for me and a few others,” said Diaz. 

“You spend all year training for something like this, so I agree it’s really exciting,” said Wrenn-Walz.

Racing in this national regatta isn’t the end goal for the crew. 

“It’s great to see where we are now and think about where we could be two or three weeks from now,” said Linsley. 

“[The camp] gets competitive, especially when there’s multiple entries in one race. We’re competing against each other, but I think that allows us to get stronger and use one another to foster competition,” said Rust.

Diaz added her thoughts on the competitive level of the camp. 

“Off the water, it is very collaborative. But on the water, it’s really every boat for themselves,” said Diaz.  

This crew will be joined by the U19 selection camp “B” and “C” boats in the finals, along with the “A” and “B” boats from the U18 Women’s High Performance Camp and Row West Racing Camp’s “A” boat.

The intermediate and senior/elite finals are scheduled to take place on Sunday starting at 8 a.m.

For all results from today’s intermediate and senior/elite time trials, click here.

Top athletes are going head-to-head in the women’s and men’s elite/senior single sculls. With a new format for the U.S. Lotman Challenge races, the USRowing National Championships is one of three qualifying events this year, as the winners of the elite/senior singles will proceed to leg two. The semifinals in these categories wrapped up Saturday afternoon setting up an intense pair of final races Sunday afternoon. Jenifer Forbes (Craftsbury), Katelin Gildersleeve (OKC HP Center), Alex Spaulding (Craftsbury), Taylor Goetzinger (Craftsbury), Aisha Chow (BIAC), and Veronica Toro Arana (RowHouse) will compete on the women’s side while John Graves (Craftsbury), Zachary Petronic (Pittsburgh), Joseph William Conesa Purman (Malta), Nevin Cunningham (Penn AC), Thomas Phifer (Penn AC), Thomas Graves (Craftsbury), and Lucas Bellows (Craftsbury) will compete in the seven-boat men’s final. 

This year, USRowing has again partnered with CaptainU as its exclusive online athlete recruiting partner, providing rowers with a free recruiting profile and resources for rowing in college. The profile allows athletes to publish erg scores, academics and videos all in one place, connect directly with college rowing programs, search colleges to find the best fit and receive guidance throughout the recruiting process.

Teams at the USRowing National Championships compete for the Colgan Cup Overall Team Points Trophy, the Sulgar-Barnes Men’s Points Trophy and the Marion D. Ventura Women’s Points Trophy.

USRowing will be live broadcasting all semifinals and finals on USRowing’s YouTube Channel. Athletes and families are welcome to view and download photos of the event for free on usrowing.photos. Galleries will be updated each day of the event.

Stay connected with us! Tag @USRowing in your photos and tweets by using the hashtag #USRnats19.

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