2010 National Selection Regatta #1


Information for National Selection Regatta #1 and Speed Order – April 23-25, 2010

** Updated 4/23 with new Friday p.m. race schedule **

Special note for LW1x heats for Friday p.m. racing:

The start times for events 14 and 16 have been switched. Please check the schedule on the Powerhouse Timing Web site for updated times. 

Racing will be conducted from the Finn M. W. Caspersen boathouse at Mercer Lake.

Time Trials

USRowing will be moving from 2,000 meters to 1,900 meters for Time Trials in NSR’s, Speed Orders and Trials. This will be done to align the distance up with FISA standards that may be applied in upcoming World Cup, World Championships and subsequent Olympic Games.

Time trials will use one or two lanes, dependent on the number of entries, with a 30-second gap between each crew in that lane.

If anyone has questions about the new distance or format please contact Matt Imes, High Performance Director, at matt@usrowing.org.

Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)

NSR I Events – M1x, W1x

Speed Order Events – LM1x, LW1x, LM2-, M2-, M2x, W2-

Schedule is subject to change based upon number of entries.

Thursday, April 22

Athlete meeting, 5:00 p.m. Meeting will be held at the Caspersen Olympic Rowing Center in the national team bays (far side of boathouse). You or your representative MUST attend the meeting or you will be scratched from competition.

Friday, April 23
AM Session 

7:00am  Time Trial 1: M1x, W1x
8:15am  Time Trial 2: M2x, M2-, W2-, LM1x, LW1x 
PM Session (Updated 4/23)

6:18pm  LW1x Heat A/B/C  
6:24pm  LW1x Heat A/B/C  
6:30pm  LW1x Heat A/B/C  
6:36pm  LM1x Heat A/B/C  
6:42pm  LM1x Heat A/B/C  
6:48pm  LM1x Heat A/B/C  
6:54pm  M2- Heat A/B  
7:00pm  M2- Heat A/B
7:06pm  M1x Heat A/B/C  
7:12pm  M1x Heat A/B/C  
7:18pm  M1x Heat A/B/C  
7:24pm  W1x Heat A/B/C  
7:30pm  W1x Heat A/B/C  
7:36pm  W1x Heat A/B/C  

Saturday, April 24  
AM Session  
7:00am  M1x Semi A/B  
7:10am  M1x Semi A/B  
7:20am  W1x Semi A/B  
7:30am  W1x Semi A/B  
7:38am  M2x Final A  
7:46am  W2- Final A  
7:54am  M2- Final A  
8:02am  LW1x Final A  
8:10am  LM1x Final A  
8:18am  W2- Final B  
8:26am  M2- Fianl B  
8:34am  LW1x Final B  
8:42am  LM1x Final B  
8:50am  M1x Final C  
8:58am  W1x Final C  
9:06am  LW1x Fina C  
9:14am  LM1x Final C  
9:22am  M1x Final D  
9:30am  W1x Final D  
9:38am  LM1x Final D  
9:46am  M1x Final E  
9:54am  W1x Final E  
10:02am  LM1x Final E  
10:10am  M1x Final F  
10:18am  M1x Final G   

PM Session

Training/racing for Speed Order events in larger boat combinations

Sunday, April 25th 

7:00am  M1x Final A  
7:10am  W1x Final A  
7:20am  M1x Final B  
7:30am  W1x Final B 

*NSR event progression will be based on system outlined in the 2010 Senior World Championships Selection Procedures, Appendix E.

*Speed Order events progression below (depending on entries)

Sculling events – Top 18 move on to three heats; 19+ to D, E, etc. finals.

Sweep events – Top 12 move on to two heats.

Sculling – Top two from each heat advance to A final; places 3-4 advance to B final; places 5-6 advance to C final.

Sweep events – Top 3 from each heat advance to A final, places 4-6 to B final.

After finals on Saturday AM for speed order events:

Top 4 places in the M2x, M2- and LM2- will be placed in 4- and 4x combinations.

Top 6 places in the LM1x and LW1x will be placed in 2x combinations.

Practice Schedule (Tentative and Subject to Change)

The first opportunity for NSRI participants to practice on Mercer Lake will be Thursday, April 22, 2010. Please follow the practice times listed below and check in with USRowing staff for practice traffic patterns and boat storage before arriving.

Thursday: Course will be open for practice 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 6:30 p.m. until sunset.

Friday: Course will be open for practice after AM racing until 3 p.m. and after PM racing until sunset.

Saturday: TBD

There is no access to shower facilities at the Caspersen Boathouse. Restroom facilities will be available.

Inclement Weather Policy


Lightweights will weigh-in no less than one hour and no more than two hours before their first race each day of competition. FISA Rules Apply: Light Men Boat Avg. FISA MAX 72.5 kg, Individual athletes cannot weigh more than 72.5; Light Women Boat Avg. FISA MAX 59 kg, Individual athletes cannot weigh more than 59 kg.

USRowing Compliance

All competitors must have a current USRowing membership and liability waiver on file. Athletes will not be permitted to launch if they are not in compliance with these requirements. Please check your status and renew your membership and waiver before arriving for competition. This can be done online at www.usrowing.org by clicking on “Join/Renew” or by contacting member services at 1-800-314-4ROW.


All vehicles must park in the lot as you come off Post Rd. and not in the gravel next to the boathouse. Boat trailers may park along the dirt access road behind the boathouse. No other vehicles are allowed behind the boathouse.

Emergency vehicles will need to have a clear path from the paved road all the way to the tree line behind the boathouse. Any vehicle not following the outlined parking rules will be towed at the owner’s expense. 

You will NOT be able to drive your car behind the boathouse in order to unload your equipment. Please walk your equipment from the designated parking zones to the boat storage area.

Boat Storage

All boats will be stored outside on the lawn next to or behind the national team bays (far side of the boathouse). Your boat will be moved if it is elsewhere.


There is no access to shower facilities at the Caspersen Boathouse. Restroom facilities will be available. The Caspersen boathouse offices are closed to all athletes and coaches.

As outlined in the 2010 Rules of Rowing:

  • All competitors must be citizens or nationals of the United States.
  • No competitor may wear the uniform of the U.S. National Team during competition
  • Use of National Team colors on oars is prohibited

Registration Information

  • Register online through RegattaCentral at www.RegattaCentral.com 
  • Entry Fee: $30 per person
  • Registration deadline Friday, April 16, 2010 at MIDNIGHT (PST).
  • Scratch Fee (after the registration deadline): $50.00
  • USRowing membership is required: visit www.usrowing.org to renew or join.
  • Senior National Team events are open to all collegiate, club and unaffiliated athletes. Junior national team candidates will not be considered.

Directions to Mercer Lake and the Caspersen Olympic Rowing Center

From Route 1 North or South

  • Take the Alexander Road Exit (east) off of Route 1 towards the Princeton Junction Train Station
  • Alexander Road dead-ends at North Post Road
  • Make a right hand turn on to North Post Road
  • Proceed through two stoplights
  • Stay on Post Road past the Conover Fields and the Mercer Oaks Golf Club. This road will take you right to the boathouse
  • After these fields, there will be a 'road closed' sign at the entrance to the park, on the boathouse side of the lake.
  • Ignore this sign and head straight down the access road; the boathouse will be on your left as you reach lake. 

From North on Route 206

  • Route 206 into Princeton
  • Left at traffic light by Borough Municipal Building onto Nassau Street 
  • Go three traffic lights to Washington Road
  • Washington Road to U.S. Route 1 South
  • Use directions for "From North and South via U.S. 1" 

From Hightstown (Route 30)

  • Take Route 30 south and turn right at the Church Road traffic lights
  • Stay on Church Road and Cross Old Trenton Road
  • The next light will be Village Road . Make a left onto Village Road
  • The next light will be Post Road . Make a left onto Post Road
  • Follow the directions for "From Route 1 North or South" to the boathouse

From Allentown (Route 130)

  • Take Route 130 north and turn left at the Church Road traffic lights
  • Stay on Church Road and cross Old Trenton Road .
  • The next light will be Village Road . Make a left onto Village Road
  • The next light will be Post Road . Make a left onto Post Road
  • Follow the directions for "From Route 1 North or South" to the boathouse 

Accommodation Options in Princeton

  • Holiday Inn: 609-520-1200
  • Red Roof Inn: 609-896-3388
  • Best Western: 609-452-2500
  • Comfort Inn: 732-297-7400
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