Finals are now set at the 2009 USRowing National Selection Regatta #2 with the completion of semifinals in the men's double sculls, women's double sculls and men's pair at the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
The USRowing Training Center/California Rowing Club duo of Warren Anderson (Paso Robles, Calif.) and Elliot Hovey (Manchester-By-The-Sea, Mass.) easily won the first semifinal of the men's double sculls. Anderson and Hovey controlled the race, winning by more than five seconds. The duo finished with a time of 6:40.900. The New York Athletic Club/Vesper Boat Club duo of Ben Churchill (Portland, Ore.) and James Dietz (Amherst Mass.) finished second, crossing the line in a 6:45.942. USRowing Training Center/California Rowing Club's Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.) and Bill Benjamin (West Palm Beach, Fla.) finished third in a 6:49.841, also advancing to the final. USRowing Training Center's Glenn Ochal (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Sam Stitt (McLean, Va.) won the second semifinal in a 6:40.910. The USTC/CRC duo of Mike Holbrook (Alameda, Calif.) and Will Miller (Duxbury, Mass.) finished second in a 6:44.580, followed by Stephen Whelpley (Moquon, Wis.) and Mike Sivigny (Hudson, N.H.) in a 6:46.615.
In the women's double sculls, USRowing Training Center's Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.) and Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.) won the first semifinal by more than eight seconds. Tomek and Kalmoe finished with a time of 7:15.500, while teammates Jennifer Kaido (West Leyden, N.Y.) and Sarah Trowbridge (Guilford, Conn.) finished second in a 7:23.866. The Penn AC/Undine BC duo of Catherine Reddick (New York, N.Y.) and Ann Holmes (San Francisco, Calif.) finished third in a 7:31.004. USTC's Stesha Carle (Long Beach, Calif.) and Kate Bertko (Oakland, Calif.) won the second semifinal in a 7:18.230. The USTC/Potomac Boat Club combination of Margot Shumway (Westlake, Ohio) and Brett Sickler (Los Gatos, Calif.) finished second in a 7:20.343, while USTC's Jessica Reel (Atlanta, Ga.) and Megan Walsh finished third in a 7:24.606.
After wining yesterday's time trial, USRowing Training Center's David Banks (Potomac, Md.) and Charlie Cole (New Canaan, Conn.) won the first semifinal of the men's pair. The duo clocked a 6:49.400 to finish more than five seconds ahead of teammates Dan Walsh (Norwalk, Conn.) and Jamie Koven (Green Village, N.J.). Walsh and Koven clocked a 6:54.844, with the USTC/Penn AC duo of Jake Cornelius (Brooktondale, N.Y.) and Stephen Kasprzyk (Cinnaminson, N.J.) crossing third in a 7:00.577. In the second race, USTC's Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.) and Giuseppe Lanzone (Annandale, Va.) won by just 0.13 seconds in a 6:56.900. Teammates Steven Coppola (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Troy Kepper (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished second in a 6:57.035, with USTC's Cameron Winklevoss (Greenwich, Conn.) and Tyler Winklevoss (Greenwich, Conn.) crossing third in a 7:00.695.
Racing continues on Sunday starting at 7 a.m. with finals in all seven events.
For all four double sculls and the open weight pairs, the regatta serves as the first step towards making the 2009 Senior National Team that will represent the United States at the 2009 FISA World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. The winner of each event will earn the right to compete at a world cup race of their choosing. If the NSR #2 winner finishes in the top four (or top half if there are fewer than eight entries) at the world cup, then the crew will be nominated to the team. For the lightweight men's pair, NSR #2 serves as an opportunity for athletes to test their speed in preparation for selection camps and trials. The top two finishers get automatic invitations to the lightweight men's four selection camp.