September 29, 2010

Etem, Stangel Cruise into A Finals

In cool weather and perfect conditions, the finals for the men's single sculls and men's pair with coxswain events were set this morning at the 2010 World Rowing Championship Trials.

In the men's single sculls, Oklahoma City's Martin Etem rowed a strong race to advance to the A final, finishing second in a time of 7:02.4. Ken Jurkowski, a 2008 Olympian in the event, clocked the fastest time of the semifinals. Jurkowski crossed the finish line in a 6:58.03.

Jurkowski and Etem will be joined in the final by Craftsbury Sculling Center's Tom Graves and GMS's Michael Sivigny.

In the men's pair with coxswain, OKC's Nareg Guregian, Justin Stangel and coxswain Steve Young won in a time of 7:09.988 followed by Alex Osborne, Matthew Wheeler and coxswain Rob O'Leary from the Princeton Training Center. Oklahoma City's Brandon Shald, Aaron Marcovy and Max Blumenthal finished third in 7:14.8. The top two finishers advanced to the A Final.

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