Campbell Sisters Win Women’s Double at 2014 U.S. Junior National Team at Trials

by Allison Frederick, | Jul 09, 2014
“Go, go! Go, girls go!” is what echoed across a glassy Mercer Lake Wednesday morning as the third final of the women’s junior double sculls at the 2014 USRowing Junior World Championship Trials came down the course.

Maritime Rowing Club's Mary and Claire Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) won the junior women's double sculls at the 2014 Junior World Championships Trials on Mercer Lake. Photo by Luke Reynolds.

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – “Go, go! Go, girls go!” is what echoed across a glassy Mercer Lake Wednesday morning as the third final of the women’s junior double sculls at the 2014 USRowing Junior World Championship Trials came down the course.

It was Andrew Campbell, Sr., cheering on his daughters, Mary and Claire Campbell, as they raced their way to a win in the second final of three in the event, earning themselves a berth on the 2014 U.S. Junior National Team.

The New Canaan, Conn., sisters, rowing for Maritime Rowing Club, went head-to-head with Sagamore Rowing Association’s Adrienne Bielawski and Y Quad Cities Rowing’s Caroline Sharis, who won the first final Tuesday morning by less than one second. The second final Tuesday evening went the other way, and Mary and Claire Campbell won by 4.64-seconds.

"In the first race, we rowed like we had something to lose," said Mary. "And then, going into the second final, we were like 'we have nothing to lose,’ and that relief of stress allowed us to race (the third final) at a different ability than we were before.”

The third final was the main event at Mercer on Wednesday. The first 500 meters of the race saw both crews staying within a few seats of each other and battling back and forth for the lead. It was at around the 500-meter mark that the Campbell sisters established themselves as the leaders.

By 1,750 meters, it was clear which crew would represent the United States August 6-10, 2014, at the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

“I was thinking 'Don't mess up, don't mess up. I don't want to be that person,’” said Claire. “It was much more relaxed. We were like the same person.”

The Campbells clocked a 7:30.11 at the finish line for the win, followed by Bielawski and Sharis in a 7:38.87.

All four competitors are younger siblings of national team athletes. Mary and Claire Campbell are sisters of 2014 U.S. senior and under 23 lightweight men’s single sculler, Andrew Campbell, Jr., and Charley Campbell, a two-time junior national team member. Adrienne Bielawski's sister, Nicole, was on the junior team in 2009 and the under 23 team in 2010 and 2011.

And Caroline Sharis is the younger sister of junior women’s single sculler Elizabeth Sharis (Bettendorf, Iowa), who was one of five crews named to the U.S. Junior National Team on Tuesday, following the second round finals.

The four other winning crews included Long Beach Junior Crew’s Allen Reitz (Long Beach, Calif.) and Luke Khoury (Long Beach, Calif.) in the junior men’s pair, USRowing Men's Junior Sculling Selection Camp’s Benjamin Davison (Seattle, Wash.) in the junior men’s single sculls, USRowing Junior National Team Sculling Camp’s Galen Bernick (Tempe, Ariz.) and Daniel Holod (St. Paul, Minn.) in the junior men’s double sculls and USRowing Junior National Team Selection Camp’s Meghan Galloway (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Liliane Lindsay (Harrison, N.Y.) in the junior women’s pair.

For complete event results, click here. Finals that were live streamed will be available for download on the USRowing website in the coming week.

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