June 12, 2012

Peszek and Stafford on to Semi, Gallagher and Stangel to Repechage

The path to the 2012 Olympic Games in London became slightly easier for the crews that won their first races on Mercer Lake this morning in the trials for the last of the qualified small boats.
Four crews from the men’s pair heats moved directly to tomorrow’s semifinals, while the remaining 10 crews will race again this evening in the repechage.

Advancing out of the heats were USRowing Training Center crews Michael Gennaro and Ty Otto, and Jason Read and Nareg Guregian. Also advancing was Oklahoma City's entry of Silas Stafford and Tom Peszek and the California Rowing Club crew of Ryan Monaghan, Deaglan McEachern.

Posting the fastest time of the 14 crews with a finish of 6:55.010 were Gennaro and Otto, who won gold in both the pair and the eight in the 2011 Pan American Games last summer.

OKC's entry of Andrew Gallagher and Justin Stangel finished third in Heat 3 sending them to an evening repechage. They will take on the University of Wisconsin/Stanford crew of Hack and Aghai in Repechage 3 at 6:20 EST, one crew will advance to tomorrow's semi finals.

Rowing in the women’s pair race for lanes were USRowing Training Center crews of Jamie Redman and Amanda Polk and Sara Hendershot and Sarah Zelenka.

Redman and Polk, both five-time U.S. national team members who won gold and set a world best time in the heat of the women’s eight at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Lucerne last month, finished first over Hendershot and Zelenka, who were members of the four that won gold at the 2011 World Rowing Championships.

Also rowing in a race for lanes were four scullers entered in the men’s single including Beijing Olympian Ken Jurkowski, California Rowing Club’s Mike Sivigny, All-American Rowing Camp’s Jim Dietz, II and Seattle Rowing Center’s Jon Greer.

Jurkowski, who qualified the boat at the 2011 World Rowing Championships last fall, won the event at National Selection Regatta #1 in March, but then missed out on a top-four finish at either of the first two 2012 World Rowing Cup stops – placement that would have qualified him for London. . Jurkowski finished with the best time in 7:32.286.

Tuesday, June 12 Results
2012 Olympic Trials - Rowing
Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Men's Pair Heat 1: 1. USRTC (Gennaro, Otto), 6:55.010; 2. CRC (Shald, Bertoldo), 6:57.212; 3. Craftsbury (Hoffstot, Holak), 7:16.612

Men's Pair Heat 2: 1. USTC (Guregian, Read), 7:07.230; 2. CRC (Marcy, Cassidy), 7:15.685; 3. CRC (Getsinger, Quie), 7:20.818

Men's Pair Heat 3: 1. CRC (McEachern, Monaghan), 7:10.100; 2. CRC (Melander, Johnson), 7:12.779; 3. USTC - OKC (Gallagher, Stangel), 7:17.725; 4. Craftsbury (Henson, Lafferty), 7:24.495

Men's Pair Heat 4: 1. USTC - OKC (Stafford, Peszek), 6:58.356; 2. Wisconsin/Stanford (Hack, Aghai), 7:09.460; 3. USTC/NYAC (Blomquist, Koven), 7:20.558; 4. Pocock RC (Nichols, Sullivan), 7:28.846

Women's Pair Race for Lanes:
1. USTC (Amanda Polk, Jamie Redman), 7:44.233; 2. USTC (Sarah Zelenka, Sara Hendershot), 7:46.530

Men's Single Race for Lanes: 1. Unaffiliated (Ken Jurkowski), 7:32.286; 2. CRC (Michael Sivigny), 7:39.687; 3. Seattle Rowing Center (Jonathan Greer), 7:43.365; 4. All-American Rowing Camp, LLC (James Dietz), 7:51.088

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