Five Crews Named to 2014 U.S. Junior National Team at Trials

by Allison Frederick, | Jul 08, 2014
Five crews earned spots on the U.S. Junior National Team following the second round finals Tuesday on Mercer Lake. Held in a best two-of-three final format, the 2014 Junior World Championships Trials select the junior men’s and women’s single sculls, double sculls and pairs that will compete August 6-10, 2014, at the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Five crews earned spots on the U.S. Junior National Team following the second round finals Tuesday on Mercer Lake. Held in a best two-of-three final format, the 2014 Junior World Championships Trials select the junior men’s and women’s single sculls, double sculls and pairs that will compete August 6-10, 2014, at the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

Long Beach Junior Crew’s Allen Reitz (Long Beach, Calif.) and Luke Khoury (Long Beach, Calif.) swept the best two-out-of-three finals in the junior men’s pair to earn a berth to the U.S. squad. In Tuesday’s second final, the crew took the lead close to the halfway mark, and crossed the finish line ahead of St. Louis Rowing Club’s James Francis and John Jaeger for the win, posting a time of 7:12.24.

“We were down significantly in our first final earlier today, but pulled it together for a come-from-behind victory,” said Reist, who raced in the junior men’s four at both the 2012 and 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships. “I used that experience moving forward to the second final tonight to be a little smoother and cleaner off the start. We worked our new boat to our advantage a little better and stayed with the pack. We walked out around the middle thousand and never really looked back.”

Reist said that he and Khoury, who raced in the junior men’s four with coxswain at last year’s junior worlds, were able to draw from their past national team experience in today’s finals.

“Rowing internationally, as I have the last two years, is definitely a different ball game. It’s much more high-stakes. It’s all faster. Knowing that, we kind of know a little about what to expect and how fast we should be going and we really draw on that to find some of our speed.”

Next up in the junior men’s single sculls, USRowing Men's Junior Sculling Selection Camp’s Benjamin Davison (Seattle, Wash.) once again dominated his finals race from start to finish, this time posting a 7:27.81 to Cascadilla Boat Club, Ltd.’s Henry Ellis’ 7:42.52.

Davison, who finished sixth in the men’s quad at 2013 Junior World Rowing Championships in Lithuania, earned spot on 2014 U.S. Under 23 team in men’s single sculls last month and will be representing the U.S. in Italy prior to competing in Germany with the U.S. Junior National Team.

Junior women’s single sculler Elizabeth Sharis (Bettendorf, Iowa) from the USRowing Junior Women's Sculling Selection Camp earned her berth on the U.S. team with the conclusion of second finals Tuesday. Sharis had a commanding 40-second win in the first final, and she returned in the evening’s second final to complete the course uncontested in an 8:20.09.

“I was very pleased with my race,” said Sharis. “I haven’t really spent much time in a single since Youth Nationals, and I haven’t been on this course in about three years, so it was great to race on it again and have a solid race. I’m pleased with how it turned out.”

Sharis, who raced as a member of the U.S. Junior National Team and won silver medals in the junior women's quad at the 2012 and 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships, said that she anticipates this year to be a different experience from past years.

“Being in the quad these past two years, it’s totally different. It’s all about teamwork and working together. But the single is an entirely different game. I’m by myself, and I have the course to myself. It’s going to be really different, and I’m really excited. What I was thinking about during the race was that, there’s not anyone next to me now, but at worlds, people will be. In order to do well there, I need to push myself.”

In the junior men’s double sculls, USRowing Junior National Team Sculling Camp’s Galen Bernick (Tempe, Ariz.) and Daniel Holod (St. Paul, Minn.) won Monday’s time trial and Tuesday morning’s first final en route to their win in the second final. Bernick and Holod crossed the finish line in a 7:06.02, ahead of the unaffiliated crew of Gavin Sebald and Colt DeWolf, who posted a 7:13.00. Both are first-time national team members.

“The race felt good,” said Holod. “We stuck to our race plan, and we knew there was going to be tough competition. It’s an honor, and I’m really excited to represent the United States of America.”

The USRowing Junior National Team Selection Camp entry of Meghan Galloway (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Liliane Lindsay (Harrison, N.Y.) swept each of the junior women’s pair races Monday and Tuesday to earn a berth to the U.S. team.

“We definitely had a cleaner race in the morning,” said Lindsay. “The race in the afternoon was rocky at the start, but we got through it and did what we needed to do to keep our composure. After the 750 (meter mark), the water got calmer and it got better and better as we went on.”

Galloway and Lindsay, who were members of the junior women’s eight that finished at the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships, posted a time of 7:45.28 in Tuesday’s second final. San Diego Rowing Club’s Marissa Gibson and Mariko Kelly crossed second in 8:05.10, followed by Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer’s Kathleen Hickey and Rena White in an 8:07.61.

“Coming off of a less-than stellar result at worlds last year, I think we’re both eager to get back out there and show what we can do,” said Lindsay.

One winner is yet to be determined at these trials. Two junior women’s double sculls crews will go head-to-head on Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. EST to decide who will represent the U.S. in Hamburg next month.

In the first round of finals, it was Sagamore Rowing Association’s Adrienne Bielawski and Y Quad Cities Rowing’s Caroline Sharis that proved themselves the crew to beat, winning by a less than one second. The second set of finals saw a new leader, Maritime Rowing Club’s Mary and Claire Campbell, who pulled ahead at the 1,000-meter mark and continued to push through for a 4.64-second win over Bielawski and Sharis.

All four are younger siblings of national team athletes. Bielawski's sister, Nicole, was on the junior team in 2009 and the under 23 team in 2010 and 2011. Caroline Sharis is the younger sister of Elizabeth, who raced in the single just a few minutes before. The Campbells are sisters of 2014 U.S. senior and under 23 lightweight men’s single sculler, Andrew Campbell.

The two crews will go to the line Wednesday at 7:00 a.m., for the third deciding final of the 2014 Junior World Championships Trials.

For complete event information, schedule and results, click here. Wednesday’s third final will be live streamed in high definition on USRowing’s You Tube channel.

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