Seven U.S. Crews to World Cup in Poznan

Justin Best and Michael Grady will represent USA in the pair at the World Cup Regatta in Poznan in June. Photo: USRowing.

10 Maj 2022

In a press release from yesterday, USRowing announced that seven crews have accepted their World Rowing Cup 2 berths following the completion of the second National Selection Regatta at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey.

The six winners from National Selection Regatta (NSR) 2 in the men’s and women’s pairs, double sculls, and lightweight double sculls, as well as the men’s single sculls winner from NSR 1, have accepted their spots. The only boat not to accept its world cup berth was the women’s single sculls, as both Kara Kohler and Sophia Vitas, who finished first and second, respectively, in the single at NSR 1, declined the berth and have decided to focus on the double sculls in Poznan, Poland.

The NSR winners earned the right to race at the World Rowing Cup 2 Regatta on 17-19 June in Poznan, Poland. A top six finish, or top 50 percent finish if there are fewer than 12 entries, in Poznan would earn the athletes the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the event at the 2022 World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.

With Kohler and Vitas declining the berth in the women’s single, that boat class will now be selected at the 2022 Senior National Team Trials scheduled for 8-10 August at Lake Mercer. The 2022 World Rowing Championships are scheduled for 18-25 September.

The following NSR winners have accepted their World Cup berths.

Men’s Single Sculls
Ben Davison (Inverness, Fla./University of Washington)

Men’s Double Sculls
Kevin Cardno (Huntsville, Ala./University of Alabama, Huntsville) 
Jonathan Kirkegaard (Philadelphia, Pa./Purdue University) 

Women’s Double Sculls 
Kara Kohler (Clayton, Calif./University of California, Berkeley) 
Sophia Vitas (Franklin, Wis./University of Wisconsin) 

Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls
Zachary Heese (Pelham, N.Y./University of Virginia) 
Jasper Liu (Phoenix, Ariz./University of Pennsylvania)

Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls
Michelle Sechser (Folsom, Calif./University of Tulsa) 
Molly Reckford (Short Hills, N.J./Dartmouth College)

Men’s Pair
Justin Best (Kennett Square, Pa./Drexel University) 
Michael Grady (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cornell University) 

Women’s Pair
Claire Collins (McLean, Va./Princeton University) 
Madeleine Wanamaker (Neenah, Wis./University of Wisconsin) 

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