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Roman and Goodkind Move One Step Closer to 2016 Paralympic Games

by Allison Müller, allison@usrowing.org | Apr 06, 2016
The trunk and arms mixed double sculls crew of Helman Roman (Miami, Fla.) and Laura Goodkind (Long Beach, Calif.) are one step closer to representing the U.S. at the 2016 Paralympic Games, following their row Wednesday at the 2016 USRowing Non-Qualified Paralympic Trialshelman?goodkind on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
PRINCETON, N.J. – The trunk and arms mixed double sculls crew of Helman Roman (Miami, Fla.) and Laura Goodkind (Long Beach, Calif.) are one step closer to representing the U.S. at the 2016 Paralympic Games, following their row Wednesday at the 2016 USRowing Non-Qualified Paralympic Trialshelman?goodkind on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Roman and Goodkind completed the 1,000-meter course in a time of 4:38.2, earning the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta, April 21-23 in Gavirate, Italy. There, they will need a top-two finish in order to qualify for Rio.

“We’re excited to see what they can accomplish over in Gavirate,” said USRowing's Director of Para Rowing, Tom Darling. “Helman is one of our military athletes who is working really hard down in Miami Beach and Laura came over from Long Beach - they met each other at camp and blended very well from day one.

“The qualification regatta will be tough. We’ll likely have a boat from China and a boat from Russia, who historically have been pretty fast. They have their work cut out for them, but it’s the Paralympic year and anything can happen. Hopefully, they will get the top two spot that they need to qualify.”

Roman, who was severely injured while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, was introduced to rowing by a friend in Miami. He and Goodkind were paired in the double at a winter camp in Sarasota, Fla., and have been rowing together for less than a month.

Roman and Goodkind will depart for Gavirate, Italy on April 12 for a training camp along with seven other international doubles prior to competing in the qualification regatta.

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Three crews, including the men’s and women’s arms and shoulders single sculls and the legs, trunk and arms four with coxswain were previously qualified for the 2016 Paralympic Games during competition at the 2015 World Rowing Championships.

For more information about the qualification process for the 2016 Paralympic Games, click here.

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