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GRP Rowers McAdam, McIlvane, and Vear at Spring Speed Order
Last Updated: 01.May.2017
On April 18-21, three Green Racing Project rowers started their season off at the Spring Speed Order in Mercer Lake, NJ. As the first race of the 2017 rowing season, this year the Speed Order had no bearings towards World Cup or World Championships qualification later in the year, but was a good opportunity for the rowers to get in their first race efforts after a long winter of training and six weeks of on-water time in Sarasota, Florida.
Hugh McAdam had the top GRP result of the week as the winner of the men’s lightweight single. McAdam took second in the time trial on Tuesday (the 18th), but went on to win his semifinal on Thursday. In Friday’s final he was behind off the start and chased down the Riverside sculler ahead of him to win by a 2 second margin. It’s a promising start to McAdam’s season as he looks towards World Cups and World Championships.
Jenny McIlvane also competed for the GRP in the women’s lightweight single. She took 8th place in the time trial on Tuesday, then went on to place 4th in her semifinal, which qualified her for the B Final for Friday. She rowed well in the B Final and placed 2nd, good for 8th overall in the senior women’s lightweight field. McIlvane is still a U23 so she’ll be looking ahead to U23 Trials later this summer.
Wes Vear competed in the men’s heavyweight single, his first 2k race in the single as a GRP rower. He placed 10th in the time trial, then took 3rd in his heat and made the B Final. His 6th place in the B Final netted him a 12th place overall in the men’s 1x field, a solid start to his first post-collegiate season.
Also competing were GRP alums John Graves, Erik Frid, Liz Vogt, Elizabeth Sonshine, and Andrew Reed. John Graves and Erik Frid went 1-2 in the men’s heavyweight single, while Andrew Reed took 2nd in the men’s pair.
Full results from the week of racing can be found on Row2k HERE. Next up for the rowers will be the National Selection Regatta 2, which starts on May 20th.