INDIANAPOLIS - Eleven crews swept the best two-out-of-three finals at the 2003 Pan American Games Team Trials at Eagle Creek Park on Tuesday to claim berths on the 2003 Pan American Games Team, while one crew earned a split to force a third final of the men's double sculls on Wednesday morning.
Similar to Major League Baseball's World Series or a National Basketball Association playoff series, a crew must win two of three finals' races in order to make the team. The winning crews now will represent the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games to be held August 4-10 on Rincon Lake in the Dominican Republic.
In the closest race of the day, Pocock's Sloan DuRoss and Conal Groom defeated Penn AC's Jack Nunn and Dana Schmunk by 0.04 seconds in the men's double sculls second final. The Pocock crew clocked a 7:05.47. PTC/Penn AC's Chris Grothkopp and Bill Martin-Doyle, the winners of Monday's first final, placed third. The winners of the first and second finals will compete Wednesday to determine who will represent the United States at the Pan American Games.
In the men's four, Princeton Training Center's Luke McGee, Justin Bosley, Beau Hoopman and Paul Daniels won the second final and will compete in both the men's four and the men's eight at the Pan American Games. The PTC crew clocked a 6:26.08, more than 13 seconds ahead of the second-place crew from Harvard University. Penn Athletic Club placed 0.65 seconds behind Harvard in third.
In the women's double sculls, Potomac Boat Club's Katie Madigan and Catherine Humblet stroked a 7:31.63 to win the second final and a berth on the Pan American Games Team. Pocock Rowing Center's Carol Skricki and Anne Browning placed second in a time of 7:41.85. Augusta Rowing Club's "A" crew of Lisa Johnson and Beth Greene placed third in a time of 7:46.37. Ann Arbor's Mike Perry placed first in the men's single sculls but declined his chance to compete at the Pan American Games. Second place finisher Andy Liverman from New York Athletic Club will compete for the United States. Perry clocked a 7:34.77 and Liverman finished in a time of 7:45.62. Potomac's Patrick O'Hea clocked a 7:52.21 for third place. O'Hea will join Liverman and tomorrow's winners of the men's double sculls in the quadruple sculls in Santa Domingo.
In the lightweight men's double sculls, the crew of Tyler Peterson and Evan Jacobs of Lake Washington Crew stroked to first place and a spot on the Pan American Team in a time of 7:13.17. Undine's "A" crew of Greg Kaplan and Tom Sullivan placed second more than seven seconds behind Lake Washington, and the crew of Tamas Toro and Evan Gibson finished third.
Princeton Training Center's Michelle Borkhuis and Maria Picone stroked an 8:04.88 to defeat Undine Boat Club's Meghan Sarbanis and Renee Hykel by more than four seconds in the lightweight women's double sculls. Potomac/Pocock's Julie Nichols and Ale Phillips placed third.
In the lightweight men's quadruple sculls, Augusta Rowing Club's "A" crew of Stephen Arthur-Wong, Shawn Stephenson, Tim Larson and Michael Aller won its second final in a time of 6:43.16 but declined its spot on the team. The Augusta "B" boat of Judah Rome, Paul Guthrie, John Kennel and Gavin Frase clocked a 6:47.68 and now will represent the United States at the Pan American Games. Riverside Boat Club finished third.
Princeton Training Center's "B" crew of Adam Holland and Chris Liwski clocked a 7:22.27 to win the men's pair. PTC's "A" boat of Andrew Brennan and Justin Jones placed second in a time of 7:25.07. Holland and Liwski will race the pair in Santa Domingo, while both the PTC pairs will join the winner of the men's four to create the eight that will compete at the Pan American Games. California Rowing Association's "B" boat of Graham Taylor and Eric Tiret placed third.
In the women's single sculls, Augusta Rowing Club's Cindy Bishop won her second final and a spot on the Pan American Team in a time of 8:39.74. Megan Cooke clocked an 8:43.42 for second place, more than 15 seconds ahead of Ala Piotrowski who placed third.
The Potomac/Pocock boat of Wendy Campanella, Jen Edwards, Sarah Hirst and Anne Finke won the second final of the lightweight women's quadruple sculls. The crew clocked a 7:26.83 to earn a spot on the Pan American Team. Austin Rowing Club's Layne Salter, Monica Downer, Heather Moon, and Amy Scott placed second in a time of 7:32.31.
In the lightweight women's single sculls, Melissa Rice won the second final in a time of 9:05.23. Rice will represent the United States at the Pan American Games. Union Boat Club's Catherine Infantino placed second in 9:14.72, followed by Cambridge Boat Club's Abigail Cromwell for third place.
New York Athletic Club's Robert Milam, Paul Bonwich, Michael Siedband and Ryan Ficarelli clocked a 6:54.38 in the lightweight men's four. The NYAC crew was the only entry in this event and was required to row down the course to earn their spot on the Pan American Team.
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2003 Pan American Games Team Trials Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Men's Four Final 2: 1: Princeton Training Center, 06:26:08; 2: Harvard University, 06:39:27; 3: Penn AC, 06:39:92.
Lightweight Men's Four Final: 1: New York A.C., 06:54:38.
Women's Double Sculls Final 2: 1: Potomac B.C., 07:31:63; 2: Pocock Rowing Center, 07:41:85; 3: Augusta Rowing Club-A, 07:46:37.
Men's Single Sculls Final 2: 1: Ann Arbor Rowing Club, 07:34:77; 2: New York A.C., 07:45:62; 3: Potomac B.C., 07:52:21.
Lightweight Men's Double Sculls Final 2: 1: Lake Washington R.C., 07:13:17; 2: Undine Barge Club-A, 07:20:73; 3: Unaffiliated, 07:25:47.
Lightweight Women's Double Sculls Final 2: 1: Princeton Training Center, 08:04:88; 2: Undine Barge Club, 08:09:00; 3: Potomac B.C.-POCOCK, 08:14:39.
Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls Final 2: 1: Augusta Rowing Club-A, 06:43:16; 2: Augusta Rowing Club-B, 06:47:68; 3: Riverside B.C., 06:51:32.
Men's Pair Final 2: 1: Princeton Training Center-B, 07:22:27; 2: Princeton Training Center-A, 07:25:07; 3: California Rowing Assn-B, 07:32:38.
Women's Single Sculls Final 2: 1: Augusta Rowing Club-A, 08:39:74; 2: Unaffiliated, 08:43:42; 3: Unaffiliated, 08:58:96.
Men's Double Sculls Final 2: 1: Pocock Rowing Center, 07:05:47; 2: Penn AC, 07:05:51; 3: Princeton Training Center-PENN AC, 07:25:15.
Lightweight Women's Quadruple Sculls Final 2: 1: Potomac B.C.-POCOCK, 07:26:83; 2: Austin Rowing Club, 07:32:31.
Lightweight Women's Single Sculls Final 2: 1: Unaffiliated, 09:05:23; 2: Union BC, 09:14:72; 3: Cambridge Boat Club, 09:17:00.