July 31, 2011

Senior World Championship Trials Preview - OKC athletes poised to compete

Meg George

Racing for the final spots on the 2011 U.S. National Team begins this week at the 2011 World Rowing Championships Trials August 1-4 at the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center. The winning crews will represent the United States at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

Racing will be held in the women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s single sculls, lightweight women’s single sculls, men’s pair, women’s pair, lightweight men’s pair, lightweight women's double, men’s pair with coxswain, men’s double sculls, lightweight men’s quadruple sculls, lightweight women’s quadruple sculls, women’s four and lightweight men’s eight.

Racing begins on Tuesday with 25 OKC High Performance athletes in action:

Men's 2x
Tom Peszek
Martin Etem, Ryan Shelton

Men's 2-
Tom Peszek and Justin Stangel
Andrew Melander and Henry Cole
Ryan Monaghan (with Chula Vista Training Center's Silas Stafford)

Men's 2+
Blaise Didier and Derek Johnson (coxswain Anthony Altimari)
Brandon Shald and Brad Bertoldo (coxswain Marcus McElhenney)

Lightweight Men's 8+
Kenny McMahon, Christian Klein, Austin Meyer, Nick LaCava, Jimmy Sopko, Will Newell, Ed Mix King

Lightweight Women's 4x
Nicole Dinion (with K Robinson, L Hochman and H Saeger)

Women's 4-
Mary Jeghers, Meg George, Megan Smith, Hilary Cumbest

Lightweight Men's 2x
Bob Duff and Tom Paradiso

OKC's James Twins Named to 2011 US National Rowing Team

Ross James

PRINCETON, N.J. – The six camp-selected boats that will represent the United States at the 2011 World Rowing Championships August 28-September 4 in Bled, Slovenia, have been named, USRowing announced on Tuesday. The include the women's eight, men's eight, men's quad, women's quad, men's four, and the lightweight men's four.

Competing in the men’s eight will be coxswain Ned DelGuercio, Nareg Guregian, Josh Inman, Steven Coppola, Dan Walsh, Henrik Rummel, Alex Osborne, and Oklahoma City High Performance Center athletes, Grant James and Ross James.

Inman, Coppola and Walsh won bronze in the eight at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. DelGuercio, Guregian, Walsh and Rummel return from last year’s world championship squad.
Grant James

Under the direction of OKC's Head Coach, Bryan Volpenhein, four OKC athletes will represent the United States in the lightweight men’s four. The boat will consist of 2010 under 23 bronze-medalist Robin Prendes, Beijing Olympian Will Daly, Ryan Fox and Anthony Fahden. Daly, Fox and Fahden were members of the boat that finished 10th in New Zealand.

The rest of the senior national team squad will be named at the conclusion of the 2011 World Rowing Championships Trials August 1-4, 2011.

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