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Jurkowski and Stone Win Singles at NSR #1

by Ed Moran | Apr 22, 2011
After winning their respective single sculls finals Friday evening at National Selection Regatta #1 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., Ken Jurkowski and Cambridge Boat Club’s Gevvie Stone now have the opportunity to race at a 2011 World Cup.

GevvieWEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The opportunity is theirs.

After winning their respective single sculls finals Friday evening at National Selection Regatta #1 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., Ken Jurkowski (New Fairfield, Conn.) and Cambridge Boat Club’s Gevvie Stone (Newton, Mass.) now have the opportunity to race at one of this summer’s world cup stops in an attempt to earn a spot on the 2011 National Team that will represent the United States at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

If either Jurkowski or Stone finish in the top four (or top half if there are fewer than eight entries) in Europe, it will merit a nomination to the team.

Jurkowski, who represented the U.S. at the 2010 World Rowing Championships, took an early lead and separated from the field but was chased by USRowing TC’s Glenn Ochal (Philadelphia, Pa.) in second.

Ochal closed hard and by 300 meters to go, he was challenging for the lead. In the final strokes, Jurkowski put in a final move and pushed out to win by 1.9 seconds with a time of 7:30.00. Finishing third was USRowing TC’s Wes Piermarini (West Brookfield, Mass.) in a 7:41.70.

“That was good,” said Jurkowski. “I’ve been on the water only three weeks, so I feel pretty good about it. I don’t know [where] yet, but I’d like to compete in Europe and see how it’s going. That’s the real test.

“The race went well; there was a slight headwind but conditions were probably the least challenging of the races we’ve had so far, so it was good to have the finals be in the best conditions. [Ochal] is a really good competitor and it’s a privilege to race such great guys.”

In the women’s final, Stone also took an early lead. By halfway through the race, she was moving further into the lead. USRowing TC’s Kate Bertko (Oakland, Calif.) followed and closed the gap going into the last 500 meters, but Stone held on and finished first with a time of 8:16.25 to Bertko’s 8:19.03. USRowing TC’s Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.) finished third with a time of 8:23.63.

“This race felt good,” said Stone. “It was a hard regatta. There are fast competitors out there, but that race was fun. It’s always fun to go fast.”

Stone said her plans right now are to stay in Princeton and train with the USRowing Training Center’s camp group for National Selection Regatta #2.

“Then I’ll see how the single and the double goes and think it all out,” said Stone. “I have to talk to [head women’s coach Tom Terhaar and assistant coach Laurel Korholz] and my dad [Greg Stone], who is my coach back in Boston. Ideally, I want to go in a single and a double and see how each goes internationally.”

Racing was contested in a total of seven events, including the women’s single sculls, men’s single sculls, lightweight women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s single sculls, men’s double sculls, lightweight men’s pair and men’s pair.

In all events besides the open singles, the speed order serves as an opportunity for athletes to test their speed early in the season in preparation for future selection regattas and trials.

Complete results are available at www.usrowing.org.

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