Seven U.S. Crews Set to Race on Day One at 2019 Pan American Games

With the rowing competition at the 2019 Pan American Games set to get underway on Tuesday, seven U.S. crews are scheduled race on day one in Lima, Peru.

The U.S. men’s single sculls, men’s double sculls, women’s double sculls, lightweight men’s double sculls, lightweight women’s double sculls, women’s pair, and men’s four will take to the waters at the Albufera de Medio Mundo. In total, the U.S. will have boats racing in 11 of the 14 events during the five-day regatta.

Racing begins Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. local time with heats in seven events starting with the women’s double sculls. The women’s double will be followed by the men’s double sculls, women’s pair, men’s four, lightweight men’s double sculls, lightweight women’s double sculls and men’s single sculls. Repechages in the men’s single sculls will take place beginning at 4 p.m. local time.

Women’s Double Sculls (W2x)

In the women’s double sculls, Maggie Fellows (Warick, Mass.) and Julia Lonchar (Columbus, Ohio) finished fourth at the 2018 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta last December. Fellows, a St. Lawrence University graduate, and Lonchar, a Purdue University grad who competitively raced bikes for five years before transitioning back to rowing, will be looking to take that final step towards the medal stand this week. At the last Pan American Games in 2015, Canada won the gold medal in the event, followed by the United States and Cuba.

Men’s Double Sculls (M2x)

The men’s double sculls duo of Wes Vear (Marquette, Mich.) and Nathan Lado (New York, N.Y.) finished sixth last year at the 2018 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta. Vear represented the U.S. at the 2015 World University Games in the men’s eight, where he won a gold medal. In 2015, Cuba won the gold medal in the event, followed by Argentina and Canada.

Women’s Pair (W2-)

Solveig Imsdahl (Scheelholz 15, Germany), a two-time under 23 national team member, and Liz Euiler (Meredith, N.H.), a first-time national team member, won the bronze medal in the women’s pair at last year’s Pan American Games Qualification Regatta. The duo will be looking to improve on that performance in Peru. In 2015, the U.S. won gold in the event, followed by Chile and Canada.

Men’s Four (M4-)

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 fifth at the 2018 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta. All four rowers are making their national team debuts in Peru. In 2015, Canada won the gold medal in the event, followed by Cuba and Argentina, who won silver and bronze, respectively.

Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls (LM2x)

Lightweight double scullers Cooper Hurley (Andover, Mass.) and Jimmy McCullough (Philadelphia, Pa.) rowed together at the University of Delaware, primarily sweeping in big boats. The two will put their small-boat sculling abilities to the test while racing at the Pan American Games. The duo finished ninth in the event at the 2018 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta. In 2015, Mexico won the gold medal in the event, followed by the United States and Cuba.

Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (LW2x)

Both Keara Twist (Seattle, Wash.) and Sydney Taylor (Dover, Del.) are representing the United States for the first time in their rowing careers. They also both are rowing in the women’s quadruple sculls at the 2019 Pan American Games. Last year, Twist and Taylor finished ninth in the lightweight double sculls at the 2018 Pan American Games Qualification Regatta. In 2015, Canada won the gold medal in the event, followed by Cuba and the U.S.

Men’s Single Sculls (M1x)

In the men’s single sculls, Lucas Bellows (Forest Lake, Minn.), who began rowing at the University of Minnesota, will be competing on his first national team. Bellow finished seventh at last year’s Pan American Games Qualification Regatta. In 2015, Cuba’s Angel Fournier Rodriguez won the gold medal, followed by scullers from Canada and Argentina.

Press releases, athlete bios, and photos of the U.S. team will be available on the USRowing website’s Pan American coverage page. Fans can follow the Pan American Games on the Lima 2019 website, which has up-to-date schedules and results, and by using the hashtag #Lima2019 on social media.

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