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National Selection Regatta 1 Starts Wednesday on Mercer Lake

Originally Posted on April 17, 2015 by Ed Moran

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. will be teeming with current and past national team athletes and Olympians next week when racing starts Wednesday at the first USRowing selection event of the year.

More than 140 athletes from 21 clubs from across the country will compete April 22-25 in one of five 2015 National Selection Regatta 1events, or four speed order events. In the NSR 1 events, racing will be contested in the men’s and women’s pair, men’s and women’s double sculls and lightweight women’s double sculls.

In the four speed order events, racing will be featured in the men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s single sculls and lightweight men’s pair.

The selection events will be the first opportunity for athletes to take a step toward making the 2015 U.S. National Team that will compete in the 2015 World Rowing Championships August 29-Sept. 6, in Aiguebelette, France.

In all five NSR 1 events, a win offers those crews the opportunity to race at one of the 2015 World Rowing Cup events and a chance to be nominated to the world championship team. For the men’s pair and men’s and women’s double, a top-seven finish at a world cup will earn them a spot on the national team. If there are fewer than 12 entries in the event they choose, they must finish within 50 percent of the field.

A top-four world cup finish is needed for nomination to the team in the women’s pair and lightweight women’s double.

For those crews racing in speed order events next week, it is a chance to test their speed against competitors from across the country. More than 70 of the athletes competing have represented the U.S. in world competition, including 20 Olympians from the past two Olympic Games in Beijing and London.

NSR 1: Men’s Pair (M2-)

There are 12 crews entered in the men’s pair event. Eight of them are comprised of pairings from the USRowing Training Center – Princeton. Thirteen of the athletes represented the U.S. at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in the pair, double, four and eight. Three others are going for their first senior national team berth. The pairings are:
Seth Weil (Menlo Park, Calif.) and London bronze medalist Henrik Rummel (Pittsford, N.Y.); Matthew Miller (Fairfax, Va.) and Alex Karwoski (Hollis, N.H.); Austin Hack (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Dariush Aghai (Skokie, Ill.); Mike Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) and Robert Munn (Redmond, Wash.); London Olympian Ross James (DeKalb, Ill.) and Nareg Guregian (North Hills, Calif.); Tom Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and Sam Dommer (Folsom, Calif.); Keane Johnson (Los Altos, Calif.) and David Eick (Raleigh, N.C.); and London bronze medalists Glenn Ochal (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Charlie Cole (New Cannan, Conn.). Also rowing as an entry from the Vesper Boat Club are 2014 national team single sculler Yohann Rigorne (Besançon, France) and London Olympian Tom Peszek (Farmington Hills, Mich.).

NSR 1: Women’s Pair (W2-)

There are 10 crews entered in the women’s pair event. London Olympian Sara Hendershot (West Simsbury, Conn.) is racing with two-time Olympic gold medalist Erin Cafaro (Modesto, Calif.). It is the first time Cafaro or Hendershot have raced in a selection event since 2012.

The nine other crews are made up of pairings from the USRowing Training Center – Princeton. The women from the 2014 women’s eight, four, quad and pair are competing and include Kerry Simmonds (San Diego, Calif.) and London Olympic bronze medalist Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.). Simmonds and Kalmoe won the event last year and went on to take silver at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Liv Coffey (Watkins Glen, N.Y.) and Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.); London bronze medalist Adrienne Martelli(University Place, Wash.) and Grace Latz (Jackson, Mich.); Lauren Schmetterling (Moorestown, N.J.) and Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.); Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and London bronze medalist Kara Kohler (Clayton, Calif.); Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Tessa Gobbo (Chesterfield, N.H.); two-time Olympic champion Eleanor Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) and Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio); London gold medalist Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y) and Grace Luczak (Ann Arbor, Mich.); and Kristine O’Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and Heidi Robbins (Hanover, N.H.).

NSR 1: Men’s Double Sculls (M2x)

Of the 13 crews entered in the men’s double sculls event, four have represented the U.S. as athletes in international competition at either a world cup, world championships or the Olympic Games. Entered under the Craftsbury Sculling Center are Benjamin Dann (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio); London Olympian Peter Graves(Cincinnati, Ohio) and Tom Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio); and William Cowles (Farmington, Conn.) and Stephen Whelpley(Mequon, Wis.). Entered from the Vesper Boat Club are Ian Siveira (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Derek Johnson(Hillsborough, Calif.).

Dann, Whelpley, Peter Graves and John Graves were in the quad that finished eighth in the 2014 World Rowing Championships. Tom Graves competed in the men’s double at the 2011 World Rowing Championships. Siveria rowed in the double sculls in the 2014 world championships and Johnson rowed in the men’s quad in 2013.

NSR 1: Women’s Double Sculls (W2x)

The women’s double sculls is the most subscribed event, with 17 crews scheduled to race. Five of those are comprised of USRowing Training Center – Princeton athletes and one is from the USRowing Training Center – Oklahoma City and includes Beijing Olympian Ellen Tomek(Flushing, Mich.) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.). Tomek and O’Leary have represented the U.S. in the double at the past two world championships.

Taylor Goetzinger (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) and Emily Huelskamp (Sainte Genevieve, Mo.), both members of the 2013 U.S. National Team are set to compete. Lindsay Meyer (Seattle, Wash.), who competed in the women’s quad at the 2008 Olympic Games, is teamed up with Jamie Chapman (Traverse City, Mich.) as a Vesper Boat Club entry.

NSR 1: Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (LW2x)

Five crews are entered in the lightweight women’s double sculls event and include the California Rowing Club entry of Kate Bertko (Oakland, Calif.) and London Olympian Kristin Hedstrom (Concord, Mass.), and Vesper Boat Club’s Michelle Sechser ( Folsom, Calif.) and Devery Karz (Park City, Utah), and Riverside Boat Club’s Lauren Ayers (Portland, Maine) and Hillary Saeger (Dedham, Mass.)

Sechser and Karz finished 10th in the event at the 2014 world championships. Bertko and Hendstrom won a silver medal in the event at the 2013 World Rowing Championships. Then in 2014, Bertko won a bronze medal in the lightweight women’s single and Hedstrom finished seventh in the lightweight women’s quad. Saeger is a three-time senior national team athlete and won a silver medal in the lightweight women’s quad in the 2013 world championships.

Also rowing in the event, and entered as a crew from the GMS Rowing Center, are Victoria Burke (Redding, Conn.) and Sarah Giancola (Buffalo, N.Y.). Giancola was in the 2014 lightweight women’s quad and Burke took silver in the lightweight women’s quad at the 2009 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

Speed Order: Lightweight Men’s Pair (LM2-) 

Six crews are entered in the lightweight men’s pair. Of those, five are from the USRowing Training Center – Oklahoma City. The combinations include seven athletes that represented the U.S. at the 2014 World Championships including Beijing Olympian Will Daly (Vail, Colo.) and Edward King (Ironton, Mo.); Tyler Nase (Phoenixville, Pa.) and London Olympian Anthony Fahden (Lafayette, Calif.); London Olympian Robin Prendes (Miami, Fla.) and Peter Gibson(Belmont, Mass.) and Matthew O’Donoghue (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) and Andrew Weiland (Upper Arlington, Ohio).

Daly, King, Fahden and Prendes were in the lightweight men’s four that finished 10th in Amsterdam last year. Gibson and Weiland were in the lightweight men’s eight that finished fifth. Nase rowed in the lightweight men’s pair that finished 15th.


Speed Order: Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls (LM1x)

There are sixteen entries in the lightweight men’s single sculls event including seven athletes that have represented the U.S. in senior international competition: Malta Boat Club’s Colin Ethridge (Laytonsville, Md.), Riverside Boat Club’s Jacob Georgeson(North Olmsted, Ohio), Craftsbury Sculling Center’s Phillip Grisdela, Jr. (Great Falls, Va.) and Hugh McAdam(Grantham, N.H.), Cambridge Boat Club’s Austin Meyer (Cohoes, N.Y.), Riverside’s Peter Schmidt (Providence, R.I.) and Long Beach Rowing Association’s Nick Trogan (Los Alamitos, Calif.).

Speed Order: Women’s Single Sculls (W1x)

Eight competitors are entered to row in the women’s single sculls. The event features one Princeton training center entry in Kelly Pierce (Oakton, Va.). Pierce finished third in the eight at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Also rowing the event is Vesper’s Katherine McFetridge (Thorofare, N.J.). McFetridge won a bronze medal in the double at the 2014 USRowing National Championships and gold in the senior single sculls at the 2014 USRowing Club National Championships.

Speed Order: Men’s Single Sculls (M1x)

The men’s single sculls event also has eight athletes racing including Craftsbury’s Cowles, who is also rowing in the double sculls event. He will be up against two Craftsbury teammates as well as scullers from Potomac Boat Club and Seattle Rowing Center.

Racing begins Wednesday morning with time trials at 7:30 a.m., followed by heats on Thursday, semifinals and C finals on Friday, and A and B finals on Saturday. The A and B finals will be live-streamed Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m., on USRowing’s YouTube channel.


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Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org

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