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GRP Race at Trials II/Speed Order II

Last Updated: 25.May.2019

Last weekend the rowers of the Green Racing Project traveled to Princeton, NJ to compete in their second race of the 2019 season. The regatta had different implications for the men and the women, as it was Trials for the Women’s 2x – meaning that the winner of the regatta earned the right to represent the United States in the 2x at this summer’s World Championships in Linz, Austria. Whereas it was a Speed Order for the Men’s 2x – meaning that the winner of the regatta earned the right to race at World Cup II, but will have to race at Trials III in July to earn the right to race at the World Championships in August.

After a successful Trials I in the 1x, the members of the GRP had to do a bit of “dating around” to find a partner in the lead up to 2x Trials. Some members of the team found their match within the GRP, ie. Wes and Nathan on the men’s side and Alex and Taylor on the women’s side. Meanwhile, other GRPers linked up with rowers from different club programs. Lucas raced with Jacob Plihal from Vesper, Kevin raced with JP Kirkegaard from Vesper, Andy raced with Eric Hallenbeck from MRC, John raced with Justin Keen from PennAC, and Bridget found her match in Charlotte Buck from NYAC.

Racing kicked off on Thursday AM with a 1900m Time Trial. Due to limited entries, no crews were eliminated in the Time Trial, but were seeded into heats based on finish order. The heats were scheduled to take place Friday morning, but in true Princeton-in-the-Spring fashion, Friday afternoon winds forced the race officials to push racing forward by half a day. Therefore the heats took place Thursday evening. On the men’s side, the top four from each heat advanced to the A/B semis, and the fifth place crews went directly to the C-final. Wes/Nathan, Lucas/Jacob, Kevin/JP and John/Justin all advanced to the A/B Semis and Andy/Eric went on to race in and win the C-final.

On the women’s side, only the top two from each heat advanced directly to the semi’s and all others went to Friday morning repechages. Alex/Taylor and Bridget/Charlotte narrowly missed out on the top two spots, therefore the two GRP boats had to face each other in Friday morning’s repechage. Alex/Taylor came out on top with Bridget/Charlotte taking second place. Unfortunately only Alex/Taylor were able to move on to the semi’s.

Saturday morning's semis had mixed results for the GRP. Due to the Trials four-lane progression on the women’s side, only the top two from each semi advanced to the final on Sunday. Alex/Taylor took a hard-fought third place in their semi and therefore did not move onto the final. On the men’s side, the top three from each semi moved onto the A final and the rest went to the B final. John/Justin, Kevin/JP and Lucas/Jacob all advanced to the A-final. Wes/Nathan narrowly missed the cutoff, but went on to win Sunday’s B final.

Sunday’s Men’s 2x A final was hot and GRP heavy as half of the boats in the final were powered by Cedar Leaves. John/Justin came away with the win with Kevin/JP coming in second and Lucas/Jacob taking fifth place!

Overall it was a great weekend of racing for the GRP. The team is happy to be back training on Hosmer as they look ahead to Trials III and Club Nationals in July!