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2015 Pan American Games Trials Begin Sunday on Mercer Lake

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | May 15, 2015
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Trials for crews hoping to represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games will begin Monday on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
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PaAm WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Trials for crews hoping to represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games will begin Sunday on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

The 2015 Pan American Games Trials features racing in 11 events including the men’s and women’s pair, men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight women’s single sculls, men’s and women’s double sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, men’s four and lightweight men’s four.

The winners of those events will earn the opportunity to compete for the U.S. team at the Pan American Games, July 10-26, in Toronto, Canada.

Sixteen athletes are registered to row in the men’s single sculls event. Among them is Vesper Boat Club’s Yohann Rigogne (Besançon, France). Rigogne represented the U.S. in the event at the 2014 World Rowing Championships, finishing 25th.

Four others rowed in the final this week at 2014 National Selection Regatta 2 including Potomac Boat Club’s Leonard Futterman (New York, N.Y.), James Dietz (Amherst, Mass.), Jameson Harper (Flemmington, N.J.) and Erich Hanxleden (Garden Grove, Calif.).

In the women’s singles, there are 12 athletes entered including 2012 Olympic champion Esther Lofgren (Newport Beach, Calif.), who is rowing as an entry from Potomac, USRowing Training Center – Princeton’s Kelly Pierce (Oakton, Va.) and Vesper Boat Club’s Katherine McFetridge (Thorofare, N.J.).

Pierce finished fifth in the event at NSR 2, and McFetridge won the women’s single at National Selection Regatta 1.

In the men’s double sculls, six crews are scheduled to compete including a composite entry of Justin Keen (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Chris Massey (Mills, Mass.) from Potomac Boat Club and Penn A.C. Rowing Association that finished second at NSR 1, as well as the Potomac-California Rowing Club composite entry of Ryan Monaghan (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Beijing Olympian Sam Stitt (McLean, Va.)

In the women’s double, there are seven entries including USTC – Princeton’s Keziah Beall (Bainbridge, Wash.) and Molly Hamrick (Tampa, Fla.), Vesper Boat Club’s Beijing Olympian Lindsay Meyer (Seattle, Wash.) and Nicole Ritchie (Dummerston, Vt.), and seven-time national team member Stesha Carle (Long Beach, Calif.), who is rowing with Hayley Daniell (Hopkinton, N.H.) as a composite entry from Southern California Scullers Club and Riverside Boat Club.

The lightweight women’s single sculls event has 11 entries and includes Vesper’s Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.) who rowed in the lightweight quad that finished seventh at the 2014 World Rowing Championships.

In the lightweight men’s double sculls, there are nine crews, two that competed at NSR 2 including the composite Cambridge and Malta Boat Club entry of Austin Meyer (Cohoes, N.Y.) and Colin Ethridge (Laytonsville, Md.) and a composite entry from Megunticook Rowing and Craftsbury Sculling Center in Matt O’Leary (Westwood, Mass.) and Hugh McAdam (Grantham, N.H.).

Meyer and Ethridge finished second at NSR 2 and O’Leary and McAdam were third.

There are five entries in the lightweight women’s double and among the crews are several athletes that have competed on U.S. teams, including Victoria Burke (Redding, Conn.) and Sarah Giancola (Buffalo, N.Y.).

Burke rowed in the lightweight women’s quad at the 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships and Giancola was the lightweight quad that finished seventh at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

Also entered is Hillary Saeger (Dedham, Mass), rowing as a Riverside entry with Erin Roberts (Fogelsville, Pa.), as well as Vesper’s Helen Tompkins (Friendswood, Texas) and Liz Euiler (Meredith, N.H.). Saeger has rowed on three U.S. squads in the lightweight quad and has won a silver medal and two bronze medals. Tompkins rowed in the lightweight women’s quad that won silver at the 2013 World Rowing Championships.

Four crews are racing in the men’s pair, including the USTC – Princeton entry of 2012 Olympian Ross James (DeKalb, Ill.) and Dariush Aghai (Skokie, Ill.) and a USTC – Oklahoma City entry of Brendan Harrington (Garden City, N.Y.) and Matthew Mahon (St. Louis, Mo.).

In the women’s pair event, there are four crews competing including three from the USTC – Princeton including Molly Bruggeman (Dayton, Ohio) and Emily Huelskamp (Sainte Genevieve, Mo.). Huelskamp raced in the women’s single at NSR 2 and finished second.

Also entered from USTC – Princeton are Natalie King (Weston, Conn.) and Erin Boxberger (Overland Park, Kan.), as well as Claire Tolson (San Mateo, Calif.) and Taylor Goetzinger (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.). Goetzinger rowed in the U.S. pair that finished fourth at the 2013 World Rowing Championships.

There is one crew scheduled to row in the lightweight men’s four. It is an entry from the USTC – Oklahoma City of Matthew O'Donoghue (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), London Olympian Robin Prendes (Miami, Fla.), Peter Gibson (Belmont, Mass.) and Andrew Weiland (Upper Arlington, Ohio).

Prendes finished 10th in the lightweight men’s four at the 2014 World Rowing Championships and eighth in the event at the 2012 Olympic Games. Weiland and Gibson were in the lightweight men’s eight that finished fifth at the 2014 World Rowing Championships. O’Donoghue is a two-time under 23 national team member.

The men’s four has two entries—one from Vesper Boat Club and one from USTC – Princeton that includes Keane Johnson (Palo Alto, Calif.), Nareg Guregian (North Hills, Calif.), Kyle Peabody (LaGrange, N.Y.) and David Eick (Raleigh, N.C.).

Johnson rowed in the eight that finished sixth the 2013 World University Games. Guregian, a four-time senior national team member, was in the eight that finished fourth at the 2014 World Rowing Championships and the eight that won silver in 2013. Peabody was in the eight that won bronze at the 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

Racing begins Sunday evening, May 17 at 6 p.m. with time trials. Racing concludes Wednesday with finals. All finals will be live-streamed on USRowing’s You Tube Channel.

The U.S. Pan American Games Team roster will be announced by Friday, May 22, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee. In total, 14 crews will represent the United States in competition this summer.

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