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Racing Underway at the 2013 Senior World Championships Trials

by Allison Frederick, allison@usrowing.org. Photos by Courtney Fritts, courtney@usrowing.org. | Aug 05, 2013
Twelve crews will be named to the 2013 U.S. National Team at the conclusion of racing this week on Mercer Lake. The 2013 Senior World Championships Trials, which run through Wednesday, August 7, feature athletes who have not competed on a U.S. national team before and veterans, some which have medaled in international competition already this year.
PRINCETON, N.J. – Twelve crews will be named to the 2013 U.S. National Team at the conclusion of racing this week on Mercer Lake. The 2013 Senior World Championships Trials, which run through Wednesday, August 7, feature athletes who have not competed on a U.S. national team before and veterans, some which have medaled in international competition already this year.

The winners in each of the twelve events will earn the opportunity to compete at the World Rowing Championships, August 25-September 1, 2013 in Chungju, South Korea.

In the first event of the morning, the lightweight men’s eight of Michael Hwang (Seattle, Wash.), Sean Gibel (Atlanta, Ga.), Peter Gibson (Belmont, Mass.), Josh Getz (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Dorian Weber (Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom), Brendan Mulvey (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Tobin McGee (Rye, N.Y.), Bryan Pape (Simsbury, Conn.) and David Morgenstern (Simsbury, Conn.), rowing unopposed, completed the course in 5:51.886. The nine athletes will now represent the United States in the event at the 2013 World Rowing Championships.

Heats were contested in the men’s single sculls and the lightweight men’s and women’s single sculls. The winner of each race advanced to Wednesday’s final in the men's single and lightweight women's single, while the top two advanced from the lightweight men's single.

Craftsbury Sculling Center's Stephen Whelpey (Mequon, Wis.) won the first heat of the men’s single in a time of 7:07.901. Lenny Futterman (New York, N.Y.), who raced the single at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships last week in Linz, won the second heat in 7:10.319.

Next up in the lightweight women’s single, USRowing Training Center – Oklahoma City’s Michelle Sechser (Folsom, Calif.) posted the fastest time of the heats, crossing in a 7:58.283 to advance. Sechser rowed in the lightweight women’s quadruple sculls in Plovdiv last summer, finishing fourth.

Potomac Boat Club’s Devery Karz (Park City, Utah) won the second heat in an 8:02.082. Karz is a two-time under 23 national team member and 2009 silver medalist in the lightweight women’s quad.

In the lightweight men’s single, Cambridge Boat Club’s Andrew Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.), fresh off of his gold medal win in Linz, won the first heat in a 7:12.980. Campbell also represented the U.S. in the event at the world championships last year and won bronze.

Craftsbury Sculling Center’s Joshua Konieczny (Millbury, Ohio), who raced to a sixth place finish in the lightweight four in Linz, won the second heat in 7:09.805. Malta Boat Club’s Christopher Lambert (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), who rowed in the lightweight quad at the 2007 under 23 world championships, won the third heat in a time of 7:18.560. Potomac's Peter Schmidt, Malta Boat Club's Sam Cunningham and Vesper Boat Club's Joseph Purnam advanced in second place.

Riverside Boat Club's Andrew Neils and Potomac Boat Club's John Gatti advanced from the repechage.

A race for lanes took place in the men’s pair, lightweight men’s pair, men’s pair with coxswain, men’s double sculls and the lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple sculls.

USRowing Training Center – Princeton’s Alex Karwoski (Hollis, N.H.) and Michael DiSanto (Boston, Mass.) won the men’s pair in a 6:44.521 over Union Boat Club’s Ben Ruble (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Peter Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio).

In the next race, New York Athletic Club’s Frank Petrucci (Warwick, N.Y.) and Greg Flood (Tulsa, Okla.) won the lightweight men’s pair in a 6:49.798 over USRowing Training Center – Oklahoma City’s Tyler Nase (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Michael Wales (Seattle, Wash.), who won silver at the 2013 World Rowing Cup #3 in Lucerne earlier this summer. Flood finished ninth in the lightweight four at the 2011 under 23 world championships and Petrucci was a member of the Pan American Team in 2011 and finished seventh in the lightweight four.

In the men’s pair with coxswain, the Penn A.C. crew of Stephen Young (Tampa, Fla.), Matthew Wheeler (Eugene, Ore.) and Rob Munn (Redmond, Wash.) posted a winning time of 7:37.983 over Maritime Rowing Club.

Potomac Boat Club’s Willy Cowles (Farmington, Conn.) and Matthew Miller (West Springfield, Va.) crossed the line in a 6:35.829, ahead of Craftsbury’s John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Benjamin Dann (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) in the men’s double sculls. Cowles and Miller, who finished second in the Potomac entry at the men’s quad trials last month, represented the U.S. in the event at 2013 World Rowing Cup #3, finishing eighth.

In the lightweight women’s quadruple sculls, Seattle Rowing Center crew finished in a 6:43.389 over GMS Rowing Center’s 7:51.874. In the lightweight men’s quadruple sculls, Riverside Boat Club won the race for lanes in a 6:06.741. Craftsbury finished second in a 6:08.438, with Malta Boat Club third in a 6:40.861.

Racing continues Tuesday with repechages and semifinals in three events.

For full race results, visit http://www.herenow.com/html/rowingRace.html?raceId=64.

For complete event information visit, http://www.usrowing.org/NationalTeams/OlympicSeniorNationalTeam/SrNTSelectionEvents/2013SeniorWorldChampionshipTrials.

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