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2016 NSR 1 and Sorting Out the 2016 Olympic Hopefuls Begins

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing,org. Photos by Sarah Marshall. Smarshall@usrowing.org | Mar 21, 2016
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Up until now, competition for spots on the U.S. team that will compete this summer at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has been mostly putting up numbers and individual performance in the months of fall and winter training camps.
nsrmonday1CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Up until now, competition for spots on the U.S. team that will compete this summer at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has been mostly putting up numbers and individual performance in the months of fall and winter training camps.

It has all now moved from chalkboards and coaching notebooks to reality. Time trials racing for men and women began at the 2016 USRowing National Selection Regatta I on Monday morning on the Lower Otay Reservoir at the United States Olympic Training Center.

Thirty-one pairs rowed to the start line as an early morning fog burned away in the southern California sun. And so began the four-day process that will decide which athletes win invitations to the men’s and women’s and lightweight men’s Olympic big boat selection camps and, in the case of the men’s and women’s pairs, which two crews will earn the right to race at World Rowing Cup II in May and a potential direct line to the Olympic team with a top-three performance in Lucerne, Switzerland. All crews advanced from Monday’s time trials.

hack1“It was pretty sold first piece,” said Austin Hack (Old Lyme, Conn.) who is paired with Alex Karwoski (Hollis, N.H.). “Al and I, since we’ve been a combo, have just been trying to get better every day, and I think we’ll continue to do that through the whole week.”

Hack and Karwoski, of the United States Training Center – Princeton, rowed a 6:15.90 over the 2,000-meter course and placed third of the 15 pairs that raced in the opening time trial of their event.

USTC – Princeton’s Matt Miller (Fairfax, Va.) and London bronze medalist Charlie Cole (New Canaan, Conn.) rowed the fastest time of the morning, covering the course in 6:13.58. USTC – Princeton’s Rob Munn (Redmond, Wash.) and Michael DiSanto (Boston, Mass.) finished second in 6:15.32.

megan:mooseUSTC – Princeton’s London gold medalist Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.) and two-time Olympic champion in the eight, USTC – Princeton’s Eleanor Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) finished first among the women with a time of 6:47.91. USTC – Princeton’s Amanda Elmore (West Lafayette, Ind.) and Tessa Gobbo (Chesterfield, N.H.) were second in 6:55.08 and Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Erin Boxberger (Overland Park, Kan.) were third in 6:56.01.

Sarah Zelenka (Itasca, Ill.) and Sarah Hendershot (West Simsbury, Conn.), who finished fourth in the women’s pair at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, rowed as an entry from New York Athletic Club and placed 10th in 7:05.59. In was their first time back together in competition.

“We’re on our own this time,” said Zelenka. “We really didn’t know how we would place until today. So, I think we had a good start.”

In the lightweight men’s pair, USTC – Oklahoma City’s Tyler Nase (Phoenixville, Pa.) and London Olympian Anthony Fahden (Lafayette, Calif.) had the best time of the four lightweight men’s crews from the Oklahoma City training center with 6:17.05.

London Olympian Robin Prendes (Miami, Fla.) and Edward King (Ironton, Mo.) were second in 6:18.19 and Beijing Olympian Will Daly (Vail, Colo.) and Tom Swartz (Chevy Chase, Md.) finished third in 6:22.74.

The competition continues Tuesday with heats beginning at 9 a.m., local time. Semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday with finals scheduled for Thursday. Finals racing will be live-streamed on USRowing’s YouTube channel.

For complete event schedule and results, click here. Click here to see photos galleries of the event.

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 85,000 individual members and 1,300 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners.

For more information, contact: USRowing Communications, (609) 751-0710, media@usrowing.org.
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