October 03, 2010

Final Spots on the 2010 National Team Decided

It took two tough races to sort things out but the final spots on the team that will represent the United States at the World Rowing Championships were decided yesterday morning on the last day of the 2010 World Championships Trials at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

USRowing Training Center-Oklahoma City's Steve Young, Nareg Guregian and Justin Stangel forced a third final in the men's pair with coxswain by rowing through the team of Marcus McElhenney, Steve Kasprzyk and Troy Kepper in the final meters of the second final on Friday.

The trio of McElhenney, Kasprrzk, and Kepper wanted nothing to do with a repeat of that result and built a healthy, early open-water lead. But the team of Young, Guregian and Stangel refused to give in and closed a stroke at a time until they gained bow on stern going into the final 500 and then sprinted to the win by 0.18 seconds with a time of 7:02.936 to 7:03.132.

"We knew from the race before that we had the sprint if we needed it," Young said. "We started out a little farther down today than we had hoped, but I told them with 500 meters to go, I said 'you've got 500 meters to go and a length to go. If you want it, it's yours.' They definitely wanted it. It was a great finish."

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