The weeklong event to determine the first athletes that will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is officially underway.
Three men's quadruple sculls crews competing for a chance to race at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland in May, and ultimately compete in Rio this summer, rowed in a time trial for lane positions Sunday. The final is scheduled for Tuesday at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.
The quad is one of nine boat classes that will race this week at the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials - Rowing.
"We're excited to get things started in the second leg of the Olympic selection process," said Curtis Jordan, USRowing Director of High Performance. "The venue, the local organizing committee, the USOC and the athletes are all ready for a week of exciting racing."
Craftsbury Sculling Center's Ben Davison (Inverness, Fla.), Ben Dann (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) and 2012 Olympian Peter Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) rowed the 1,900-meter course in the fastest time of the time trial in 6:03.08.
Finishing second in 6:05.95 was California Rowing Club's Ian Silveira (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Paul Marcy (Guilford, Vt.), Derek Johnson (Hillsborough, Calif.) and John Madura (West Milford, N.J.).
Community Rowing Club's Adam Randall (Turlock, Calif.), Lucas Wilhelm (Miranda, Calif.), Thaddeus Babiec (Alexandria, Va.) and Theo Pritz (Ithaca, N.Y.) finished third in 6:15.76.
Crews participating in the regatta will have a practice day Monday before racing resumes Tuesday.
Of the nine events contested here this week, six will determine 2016 Olympians or Paralympians in boat classes already qualified for Rio including the women's single sculls, women's double sculls, lightweight men's and women's double sculls and men's and women's arms and shoulders single sculls.
The men's single sculls, men's double sculls and men's quad all compete to represent the U.S. at the final qualification regatta.