Thursday, August 18, 2011
Familiar faces to represent U.S. rowing team
After volatile weather delayed the start of the finals for more than an hour, five rowing Olympians earned berths in the 2011 Pan American Games on Thursday.
The trials determined 11 of the 14 crews that will represent the United States at the Pan American Games Oct. 15-19 in Guzman City, Mexico.
2008 Olympian Ken Jurkowski lead the men's single sculls from wire-to-wire on Mercer Lake and finished with a time of 6:57.56.
"Pan American Games are a good chance to get race experience against good competition," said Jurkowski in a statement released by USRowing.
His teammate in Beijing, Margot Shumway, won the women's single sculls in 7:41.09 at the West Windsor, N.J., event.
In the final of the men's four, the Penn A.C. crew beat USRowing Training Center -- Oklahoma City's.
"Everything I do as an athlete and everything that we do at the training center is to win an Olympic gold medal," said Jason Read, a member of the Penn A.C. crew. "This is one of many steps to try to get on the medal stand in London. There is no greater honor than representing your country in an international sporting event."
Read won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and is a 12-time national team member.