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Seven More U.S. Crews Advance to Medals at 2015 Pan Am Games
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.
Next 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.
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.”
Up 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.
U.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.
“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.
Canada 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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