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Finals Complete at 2018 US National Selection Regatta II

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Finals are now complete at the 2018 National Selection Regatta II/Spring Speed Order II at Mercer County Park.

Saturday’s finals kicked off with racing in the National Selection Regatta events. In the women’s pair, USRowing Training Center-Princeton’s Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Erin Reelick (Brookfield, Conn.) finished 1.5 seconds ahead of USTC-Princeton teammates Molly Bruggeman (Dayton, Ohio) and Vicki Opitz (Middleton, Wis.) to win the final in a 7:29.67. Bruggeman and Opitz finished in a 7:31.17, just over one second ahead of USTC-Princeton’s Gia Doonan (Rochester, Mass.) and Kristine O’Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.). Eisser said the training center pairs were using this week as a first step towards the world championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, this September.

“Not everyone was able to participate (this week),” Eisser said. “We have a couple of people who are out with injury right now, so I think there are more people who are going to be in contention for spots on the team who weren’t able to race (this week). I think we were all just approaching this regatta as a step, a first step in the summer of trying to figure out where you might want to race, where you stand on the team.”

” … It’s a deep team, so hopefully there are a lot of good things to come this summer.”

After finishing second in the time trial, USRowing Training Center-Oakland’s Michael DiSanto (Boston, Mass.) and Andrew Reed (Wayland, Mass.) came back to win the final of the men’s pair over teammates Nick Mead (Stafford, Pa.) and Alex Karwoski (Moultonborough, N.H.) by just under three seconds. DiSanto and Reed finished with a time of 6:45.92, while Mead and Karwoski finished in a 6:48.71. UTC-Oakland’s Tom Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and Tom Peszek (Farmington Hills, Mich.) finished third, another three seconds back.

“I think Andrew and I are pretty focused on trying to make a go in the eight, help the eight win,” DiSanto said. “We’ve got a very good team, very deep team. There are some other really good pairs that weren’t here because guys couldn’t make it work with work, so we’re just fortunate to make the most of the opportunity now. It’s a deep team, so hopefully there are a lot of good things to come this summer.”

In the lightweight women’s double sculls, the Potomac composite boat of Mary Nabel (Huntsville, Ala.) and Emily Schmieg (Philadelphia, Pa.) pulled away from the unaffiliated composite crew of Christine Cavallo (Windermere, Fla.) and Hillary Saeger (Dedham, Mass.) to win the final by more than five seconds. Nabel and Schmieg clocked a 7:29.42, with Cavallo and Saeger finishing in a 7:35.00.

In the evening’s closest race, Seattle Rowing Center’s Alex Twist (Seattle, Wash.) and Danny Madden (New Rochelle, N.Y.) edged the Potomac composite crew of Jasper Liu (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Peter Schmidt (Providence, R.I.) to win the lightweight men’s double sculls. Twist and Madden crossed the finish line in a 6:51.62, just 0.23 seconds in front of Schmidt and Liu.

In the PR3 women’s pair, 2016 Paralympic silver medalists in the PR3 mixed four with coxswain, Dani Hansen (Patterson, Calif.) and Jaclyn Smith (Williston Park, N.Y.), were racing unopposed. The duo crossed the finish line in an 8:30.62.

In the speed order races, USTC-Princeton’s Kara Kohler (Clayton, Calif.) and Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio) won the double sculls final, finishing just over two seconds ahead of the reigning world championships’ silver medalists, New York Athletic Club’s Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.). Kohler and Mueller finished with a time of 7:01.19, with Tomek and O’Leary finishing in a 7:03.33. Arion’s Kara Soucek (McCall, Idaho) and Maureen McAuliffe (Herndon, Va.) finished third in a 7:11.34.

“We’re going to hop back in the singles and train a full week here and then we’re both going to race at world cup 1 in Serbia, so that will be fun to be back in the single and spend some time there,” Kohler said. “We discussed this before NSR 1, that we wanted to try a double together either way…We continue to row the single but definitely have been having fun playing around in the double and doing pieces with the pairs at Princeton. It’s been a lot of fun to row a new boat and be in a team boat again.”

In the men’s double sculls, Penn AC’s Justin Keen (Hatfield, Pa.) and Erik Frid (Madbury, N.H.) easily defeated teammates Gregory Ansolabehere (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Charles Anderson (Upper Darby, Pa.) to win the final. Keen and Frid finished in a 6:40.59, while Ansolabehere and Anderson recorded a 6:48.21. Penn AC’s Chris Shirley and James Garay finished third.

In the PR2 women’s single sculls, 2016 Paralympian Laura Goodkind (Los Angeles, Calif.) from the California Adaptive Rowing Association won the race in a 10:49.55 ahead of Community Rowing’s Dawn Macomber.

In the NSR races, winners in the men’s and women’s pairs, as well as the lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, earned the opportunity to race at either the 2018 World Rowing Cup II or III race. A top-four finish in the pairs (or a top 50 percent finish in events with less than eight entries) or a top-six finish in the lightweight double sculls (or a top 50 percent finish in events with less than 12 entries) will earn the crews a spot on the U.S. National Team. This week’s speed order events offered athletes an opportunity to test their speed against other elites in American rowing before heading to world championship trials later this summer.

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