May 29, 2010

OKC Athletes Rise Together at NSR II

The Oklahoma City National High Performance Center sent three crews to West Windsor, NJ to compete at the 2nd National Selection Regatta on May 13.

Tom Peszek and Justin Stangel raced in the Men's pair event along with teammates Ryan Monaghan and Deaglan McEachern. Michelle Sechser and Erin Ruggieri competed in the lightweight women's double.

Despite battling illness throughout the regatta, Peszek and Stangel managed to place first in the B final for 7th place overall. The duo of Monaghan and McEachern, in their first race together, advanced to the A final in impressive fashion, finishing in 6th place.

The top seven pairs were invited to a National Team practice at Mercer Lake on May 15th for further selection. Each pair was placed in a coxless four combination based on NSR II rankings - leaving Peszek, Stangel, Monaghan, and McEachern with the opportunity join forces in a 2k race. Competing against some former Olympic and World Championship team members, the OKC four finished in second place.

Michelle Sechser and Erin Ruggieri placed 6th in the A Final of the Lightweight women's double.

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