U.S. Senior Trials in the Books, Junior Worlds in Full Swing
U.S. Senior Trials wrapped up yesterday, with eleven crews earning berths for the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea. Among those crews was a new-look duo of Craftsbury's John Graves (check out his RR interview following his 2013 NSR I victory here) and Ben Dann, shown in the video above during a training session in Vermont. Graves and Dann edged Potomac's Willy Cowles and another RR interviewee, UVa alum Matt Miller, by roughly three seconds to earn the trip. The result was one of two victories for Craftsbury's young Green Racing Project—a live-in training program hosted at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center with the dual goal of developing athletes for international level rowing and Nordic skiing (read more about the GRP, with input from Graves, head coach Dan Roock, and Judy Geer, in my feature in the upcoming issue of ROWING Magazine)—as Stephen Whelpley also punched his ticket to Chungju, winning the men's single. For a complete look at the results from Trials, read the write-up on the official website of USRowing.
In the meantime, the racing has been heating up in Trakai, Lithuania at the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships. So far, the big boats from the U.S. have posted solid results, with the women's eight qualifying directly for the final and a showdown with Romania, and the men's crew taking a close third (behind Germany and Great Britain) to move on directly to the semis (more on those races on the FISA website).
Galway's Fiona Murtagh prepares to launch at the World Junior Rowing Championships #WRJChamps pic.twitter.com/GZHyzlZuVc
— Rowing Ireland (@RowingIreland) August 8, 2013
Keep tabs on all the action in Lithuania via the FISA live race tracker and results feed, with much more racing to come and a host of hardware on the line through Sunday, 11 August. Also, keep an eye on our Twitter feed for updates and results as they happen at the 2013 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, with a recap on the way next week.