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U.S. Crews Set to Compete in World Cup II With Olympic Seats on the Line

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | May 12, 2016
PRINCETON, N.J. – Eighteen crews are scheduled to compete at World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland, in what could be the last push for some to make one of the team boats the United States will send to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
wcIIPRINCETON, N.J. – Eighteen crews are scheduled to compete at World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland, in what could be the last push for some to make one of the team boats the United States will send to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

With camp selection announcements scheduled for June 20, 17 women and 13 men from the USRowing Training Center – Princeton are scheduled to compete May 27-29, along with three crews that have already earned their place on the 2016 Olympic Team.

In addition, four crews racing at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, which takes place May 22-25 in Lucerne, also are scheduled to compete, along with four U.S single scullers not in contention for a place in Rio.

“We are looking forward to some very competitive racing in Lucerne,” said Curtis Jordan, USRowing Director of High Performance. “This will be a very important step in our preparation for Rio.”

The U.S. will have crews racing in the men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s single sculls, women’s pair, men’s double sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, men’s four, men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, and men’s and women’s eight at World Rowing Cup II.

Several of the USTC – Princeton women will race in two events.

Men’s Single Sculls

m1xLondon and Beijing Olympian Ken Jurkowski (New Fairfield, Conn.) and Thomas Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) will compete in the men’s single sculls competition. Jurkowski won the event at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Trials – Rowing in Sarasota, Fla., last month and earned the right to compete at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta being held earlier in the week.

Graves, a three-time national team athlete from Craftsbury Sculling Center, finished second at trials and 20th at the 2016 World Rowing Cup I.

Women’s Single Sculls

gevvieGevvie Stone (Newton, Mass.) earned her spot on the Rio roster last month at trials. The 2012 Olympian finished fourth at last year’s world championships and won silver and bronze medals in world cup competition last year. "I'm excited to get on the starting line again and to race top international competition," Stone said. "It will be great preparation for Rio."

Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls

The U.S. will have two athletes rowing in the event. Both Hugh McAdam (Hollis, N.H.) and Austin Meyer (Cohoes, N.Y.) rowed at Olympic Trials. McAdam, who finished fifth in the lightweight men’s quadruple sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Championships, finished third in his men’s single semifinal, while Meyer, who has rowed on nine national teams from junior to senior, finished second in the lightweight men’s double sculls.

Lightweight Women's Single Sculls

Racing in the lightweight women's single will be Michelle Sechser (Folsom, Calif.). Sechser has rowed on five national teams. She was in the lightweight women's double the past two world championships and helped qualify the boat class for Rio. She finished seventh in the lightweight single sculls at the 2013 World Rowing Championships and fourth in the lightweight women's quadruple sculls at the 2012 World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships.

Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls

lm2xAndrew Campbell, Jr. (New Cannan, Conn.) and Joshua Konieczny (Millbury, Ohio) won the lightweight double at trials to qualify for Rio. In 2012, Campbell also won trials in the boat class but missed advancing to London at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta. An 11-time national team member, Campbell won consecutive under 23 gold medals and a senior worlds bronze in 2012 in the lightweight single. Konieczny qualified the boat for Rio with Campbell last summer and has rowed on four national teams.

"Andy and I are excited for the opportunity to race," Konieczny said. "It's a great opportunity for us to gain racing experience in an environment that will be very close to what we'll see in Rio."

Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls


_-6 (1)Kate Bertko (Oakland, Calif.) and Devery Karz (Park City, Utah) won the event at trials and will be in Lucerne gearing up for a run at the medal stand in Rio. Bertko is a seven-time national team athlete who won bronze medals at the last two world championships. Karz helped qualify the boat class at the 2015 World Championships and has rowed on five national teams.

“Kate and I are excited to use Lucerne to get more racing experience,” Karz said. “It’s a great venue with a lot of competition to help gear up for Rio.”

Women’s Pair

G&FThe U.S. has entered two women’s pairs. Rowing in USA1 are Grace Luczak (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio). Luczak and Mueller won the event at National Selection Regatta I and can earn the choice of immediate placement on the Rio squad with a top-four finish.

USA2 features the second-place pair at NSRI of two-time Olympic champion Eleanor Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) and 2012 Olympic champion Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.).

Men’s Double Sculls

m2xCraftsbury’s Willy Cowles (Farmington, Conn.) and Stephen Whelpley (Moquon, Wis.) won the event at trials and are scheduled to vie for a spot on the Rio team at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta. Cowles rowed in the men’s quad at the 2013 World Cup III and finished eighth. Whelpley is a two-time national team athlete and finished eighth in the quad at the 2014 World Championships.

Men’s Four

m4-Seth Weil (Menlo Park, Calif.), Henrik Rummel (Pittsford, N.Y.), Matt Miller (Fairfax, Va.) and Charlie Cole (New Canaan, Conn.) won gold at the 2016 World Rowing Cup I. The newly formed lineup features two London bronze medalists in the event in Rummel and Cole. Weil has rowed in the four at the last three world championships, winning silver in 2014 and bronze in 2013. He was in the crew that qualified the boat class last summer. Miller has rowed in the eight at the past two world championships.

Women’s Four

w4-1Rowing in this boat class will be Amanda Elmore (West Lafayette, Ind.), Tessa Gobbo (Chesterfield, N.H), Lauren Schmetterling (Moorestown, N.J.) and Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.). Elmore was in the women’s quad that won gold at the 2015 World Championships. Gobbo won gold in the eight in 2015 and silver in 2014. Schmetterling has won gold at the last three world championships, and Regan won gold in the eight in 2013 and 2015, as well as silver in the four in 2014.

Men’s Quadruple Sculls

m4xCraftsbury’s Ben Davison (Inverness, Fla.), Ben Dann (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) and 2012 Olympian Peter Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) won trials and will compete for a spot in Rio at the final qualification regatta.

All four have rowed on prior national teams. Davison has rowed on the junior and under 23 teams. Dann has been on six national teams. He rowed with five-time national teamer John Graves in the double at the 2015 World Championships and in the quad in 2014. Peter Graves rowed in the event in the 2012 Olympics, finishing 13th.

Women’s Quadruple Sculls

w4xThe U.S. will have two entries in this event.

The lineup for USA1 features Olivia Coffey (Watkins Glen, N.Y.), Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.), Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Kara Kohler (Clayton, Calif.). Coffey won gold in the event in 2015 and bronze in 2014. She won gold in the four in 2013. Kalmoe is a London bronze medalist and won gold in the event last year. Kohler also won bronze in the boat class at the London Olympics.
 
USA2 will have Kerry Simmonds (San Diego, Calif.), Emily Huelskamp (Sainte Genevieve, Mo.), Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Grace Latz (Jackson, Mich.).

Simmonds has rowed on five national teams, winning gold in the eight at the 2015 World Championships and silver in the pair in 2014. Huelskamp won gold in the pair at the 2015 Pan American Games and gold in the four at the 2013 World  Championships. Polk is an eight-time national team athlete and has won five world championships in the eight. Latz won gold in the four in 2015 and bronze in the quad in 2014.

Men’s Eight

m8The men’s eight also is scheduled to race in the final qualification regatta and has coxswain Sam Ojserkis (Linwood, N.J.), Austin Hack (Old Lyme, Conn.), Rob Munn (Redmond, Wash.), Mike DiSanto (Boston, Mass.), Steve Kasprzyk (Cinnaminson, N.J.), Glenn Ochal (Philadelphia, Pa.), Alex Karwoski (Hollis, N.H.), Hans Struzyna (Kirkland, Wash.) and Sam Dommer (Folsom, Calif.).

This crew returns three athletes from the 2015 eight including Hack, Karwoski and Dommer. Ochal won bronze in the four in London, and Kasprzyk was in the eight. DiSanto finished ninth in the pair last year and won the event at NSRI with Munn. Struzyna was in the quad in 2015 and 2013. Ojserkis won bronze in the eight at the 2015 Pan American Games and bronze in the eight at the 2015 World Rowing Cup II.

Women’s Eight

w8-use (1)A lineup deep with Olympic and world champions includes coxswain Katelin Snyder (Detroit, Mich.), Gobbo, Elmore, Logan, Schmetterling, Luczak, Musnicki, Regan and Mueller.

Racing starts Friday, May 27, with heats. Click here for complete event information.
For more information about important USRowing dates, the 2016 Olympic Games selection process and Olympic hopeful athlete bios, click here.

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