October 01, 2010

8 More OKC Athlete's Named to 2010 US National Team

With wind and rain threatening to stop racing, nine crews earned the right to represent the United States at the 2010 World Rowing Championships at the World Championship Trials this morning on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Oklahoma City residents, Ryan Monaghan and Deaglan McEachern closed the door on teammates Grant and Ross James from the start to win the second final and earn the right to row at worlds in the men's pair with a winning time of 6:35.630.

Mike Nucci and OKC's Evan Tsourtsoulas won the second final of the lightweight men's pair by just about five seconds over Riverside Boat Club's Andrew Diebold and Greg McKallagat with a time of 6:49.025.

In addition to second finals in today's events, Friday's racing included the uncontested final in the lightweight men's eight.

The lightweight men's eight included coxswain Stephen Young, Jim Sopko, John 'Skip' Dise, Matt Kochem, with Oklahoma City's, Kenny McMahon, Michael Kerrigan, Julian Bowling, Robert Duff,and Matthew Muffelman.

In the men's pair with coxswain, USRowing Training Center - Oklahoma City's Steve Young, Nareg Guregian and Justin Stangel forced a third final by rowing through the team of Marcus McElhenney, Steve Kasprzyk and Troy Kepper in the final meters to win by a hair with a time of 7:08.481 over the New York Athletic Club/Penn AC boat's 7:08.747.

The two will face off for the final time in the best-of-three format tomorrow morning.

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