USC Trojans: Kate McFetridge Wins Silver at Pan Am Games

 

July 17, 2015

11218801TORONTO — In her first major international competition, USC women’s rowing alumna Kate McFetridge (Thorofare, N.J./West Deptford HS)
claimed the silver medal in the women’s single sculls at the 2015 Pan American Games regatta on Tuesday, July 14. The regatta came to a close following 15 A-finals held over the course of three days at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta course in St. Catharines, Canada.

On May 20, McFetridge won the women’s single at the Pan American Games Trials on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J., and was subsequently named to the U.S. Rowing Team (May 22). The victory was just the beginning of a journey that the former Trojan captain hopes culminates in the opportunity to race in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Representing the U.S. in the Pan Am Games, McFetridge won her heat by almost 23 seconds (7:56.38). She bested that time as she completed the 2000-meter race with a time of 7:38.21 in the final to finish second to Canada’s Carling Zeeman (7:30.86). Zeeman was dominant throughout the final to take gold before a home crowd. Despite a slow start through the first 500 meters, McFetridge came back and moved from fourth up to second place. Soraya Jague (7:43.34) of Chile took bronze, as she edged Yariulvis Cobas (7:46.21) of Cuba.

The Pan Am Games are the third-largest multi-sporting event in the world after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games. McFetridge was among 178 athletes who represented 14 nations that participated in the rowing regatta July 11-15.

McFetridge began her rowing career at USC as a walk-on student-athlete and rose through the ranks to become a co-captain as a senior in 2010-11. She rowed primarily in the varsity four and second varsity eight boats for the Trojans and was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic first-team selection and a CRCA National Scholar Athlete. She graduated from USC in 2011 with a degree in health promotion and disease prevention.

To follow Kate’s quest for the 2016 Rio Olympics, visit KatherineMcFetridge.com. For more information on USC women’s rowing, please visit USCTrojans.com, and follow @USCWomensRowing on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Silver at the Pan American Games!!

Thanks everyone for helping make this happen!!

GO USA!!!!

 

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Pan Ams Update

We are doing great at Pan Ams. The final is tomorrow.  Go USA!!

Seven More U.S. Crews Advance to Medals at 2015 Pan Am Games

by Allison Frederick, allison@usrowing.org | Jul 12, 2015

LM4-ST. CATHARINES, Ont., Canada – United States crews are set to race for medals in each of the fourteen events of the 2015 Pan American Games following several stand-out performances on Sunday in St. Catharines, Ontario.The U.S. lightweight men’s four set the tone for the day, taking on Canada and Chile in the second of two heats. The USRowing Training Center – Oklahoma City-based crew of Matthew O’Donoghue (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Andrew Weiland (Upper Arlington, Ohio), Peter Gibson(Belmont, Mass.) and Robin Prendes (Miami, Fla.) took the lead from the start, clocking a 6:00.25 at the line to advance directly to its Wednesday final.

W1xNext up, Vesper Boat Club’s Katherine McFetridge dominated her heat of the women’s single sculls. The U.S. sculler won her race in a 7:56.38, followed by Argentina, Venezuela and El Salvador. Canada’s Carling Zeeman advanced from the second heat in 7:43.27. The final of the event is scheduled for Tuesday.

USTC – Oklahoma City’s Brendan Harrington (Garden City, N.Y.) and Matthew Mahon (St. Louis, Mo.) went to the line next in the first of two heats in the men’s pair, but it was Chile’s Oscar Vasquez and Felipe Leal that advanced with a win in 6:36.21. Canada crossed second, and the U.S. crew came third with a time of 6:40.66.

M2-The U.S. pair returned to finish third in the afternoon repechage to advance to the final. Despite a strong headwind, the U.S. crew maintained the lead through the first 1,000-meter mark, but then slipped back to second behind Canada, and then into third behind Brazil. All crews advanced to the final, scheduled for Tuesday.

“We crossed the 1,000-meter mark in first,” said Harrington. “We have a big disadvantage with regard to the wind, being 60-80 pounds lighter than they are. So that was the big difference. We had to row with more swing and more back end just to fight through the wind.

“I think we both feel very confident, and we feel like we can put together a full 2k, which has been our main goal for the Pan Am Games. The two of us have trained as a lightweight pair for a few months now, and while we have a lot of speed, it’s been a struggle to put together a full piece. So we’re pretty happy with doing that today. I’m super excited to race in the eight, too, with two opportunities for a medal.”

M4xUp next, the U.S. men’s quadruple sculls crew finished third in its race for lanes. Austin Meyer (Cohoes, N.Y.) of Cambridge Boat Club, Ryan Monaghan (Pittsford, N.Y.) of California Rowing Club, Sam Stitt (McLean, Va.) of Potomac Boat Club and Colin Ethridge (Laytonsville, Md.) of Malta Boat Club teamed up from the U.S. lightweight and heavyweight doubles to post a time of 6:11.44 in the quad.

Canada’s Rob Gibson, Will Dean, Julien Bahain and Matthew Buie won in a 5:52.21, followed in second by Cuba’s Angel Fournier, Eduardo Rubio, Orlando Sotolongo and Adrian Oqendo with a time of 6:02.29.

Lw1xU.S. lightweight women’s single sculler Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.) of Vesper Boat Club marked a heat win for the day, posting a 7:43.34 to advance to the final. Mexico’s Kenia Lechuga also advanced from the second heat. Brazil’s Fabiana Beltrame and Argentina’s Lucia Palermo advanced from the first heat.

Like the men’s quad, the U.S. women’s quad went to the line with members of the lightweight and heavyweight doubles for its preliminary race. Victoria Burke (Redding, Conn.) of GMS Rowing Center, Nicole Ritchie (Dummerston, Vt.) of Vesper Boat Club, Lindsay Meyer (Seattle, Wash.) of Vesper Boat Club and Sarah Giancola (Buffalo, N.Y.) of GMS Rowing Center finished second in a 6:45.06 to Canada’s 6:30.83.

W4x“It was good to get out there and work out some of the kinks,” said Meyer, a 2008 Olympian in the event. “We’re focused on our doubles now; ours is tomorrow and the lightweight double final is Tuesday.

“Just being here is really exciting,” said Ritchie. “It’s nice to have a few races to get into the swing of things. I think we set ourselves up well for the next races.”

In the final preliminary race of the day, the U.S. men’s eight had the fastest first 1,000 meters of the field, but it was Canada that recorded the win. Harrington and Mahon from the men’s pair joined the lineup as bow pair, with coxswain Sam Ojserkis (Linwood, N.J.), Keane Johnson (Palo Alto, Calif.), Nareg Guregian (North Hills, Calif.), Kyle Peabody (LaGrange, N.Y.), David Eick (Raleigh, N.C.), Erick Winstead (Fairfield, Conn.) and Taylor Brown (Winter Park, Fla.) completing the lineup.

M8Canada won the race in a 5:45.79, followed by the U.S. in 6:03.81. Brazil, Argentina and Cuba followed.

“It was our first race as a crew, so expectantly, we’ve got some things to work on,” said Ojserkis. “We’ve got to clean up our start and get faster out of the blocks and then we’ll find ourselves in a good position in the final.”

Medal rounds for rowing events at the Pan American Games are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Four U.S. crews will have the opportunity to stand on the podium tomorrow—the women’s pair, men’s and women’s double and men’s four.

The women’s pair kicks it off at 9:15 a.m. EST. USRowing Training Center – Princeton’s Molly Bruggeman (Dayton, Ohio) and Emily Huelskamp (Sainte Genevieve, Mo.) recorded the fastest time in the race for lanes on Saturday and take on Canada, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua and Cuba in the final.

Next up is the women’s double sculls final, scheduled for 9:25 a.m. EST. Meyer and Ritchie finished second in their preliminary race, and they race Cuba, Canada, Chile, Brazil and Argentina.

Monaghan and Stitt will represent the U.S. in the men’s double sculls final at 9:45 a.m. EST. The U.S. crew faces crews from Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Canada and Peru.

Finally, the U.S. men’s four of Johnson, Guregian, Peabody and Eick race for medals, coming off a third-place finish in the preliminary round. They face Canada’s top crew of Conlin McCabe, Kai Langerfeld, Tim Schrijver and Will Crothers, along with Brazil, Argentina and Cuba. The final is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. EST.

For more information, heat sheets and photos, visit usrowing.org, or the official website of the Pan American Games, toronto2015.org.

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Made the homepage of row2k!

Thank you row2k for including me on your homepage! I am vey excited to be featured, and thrilled to be the United States Women’s Single Sculler for the 2015 Pan American Games. GO USA!

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