Four NBC Scullers to go to World Championships in August
West Windsor, NJ/July 20:This is directly from the USRowing website.
Crossing the finish line a full 12.5 seconds ahead of the field, Narragansett Boat Club’s Eliza Kallfelz (Jamestown, RI) punched her ticket in the junior women’s single sculls at the 2016 World Rowing Junior Championships which will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, August 21-18 (along with the U23 Championships).
Representing the U.S. for the second time in the event, Kallfelz has no time to celebrate, as she has a second trials race to prepare for in the morning. Success tomorrow would mean that she is one step closer to racing with her sister, Emily, on the international stage. “To race in a boat with my sister would be the most amazing thing,” said Eliza. “We work really well together as sisters and partners. We are best friends, so it would be awesome to perform with her on the international level. I am most definitely doing this for her; I want her there with me at worlds.”
If the Kallfelz sisters are successful, Eliza will be one of only a few national team athletes to have competed at both a junior and Under 23 world rowing championship in the same year. In junior competition, a crew needs to win two of the three finals to qualify for the national team. In the Tuesday evening events of the 2016 US Senior, Under 23 and Junior World Championship Trials all six crews did just that.
Narragansett will send a second boat to Rotterdam, as Jack Luby (Barrington, R.I.) posted a time of 7:21.23 in the junior men’s single sculls to secure his place at his second junior worlds. In 2015, Luby finished 15th in the double sculls.
Rowing uncontested, the composite under 23 lightweight women’s quadruple sculls crew from Cambridge Boat Club, Narragansett Boat Club and Riverside Boat Club of Emma Betuel (East Hampton, NY), Molly Pierce(Wayland, MA), Helena Randle (Brookline, MA) and Brigid Saorise Kennedy (East Greenwich, RI) officially punched their tickets to Rotterdam.
Narragansett also had two other entries in the competition. Lucy Hamilton and Hannah Fitts finished second in the Junior Women’s Doubles and therefore did not qualify. But they had a very tight race with the Maritime Double. Times: 1st Delleman/Sharis (Y Quad Cities), 7:23.42; 2nd Hamilton/Fitts (NBC), 7:33.11; 3rd Campbell/Owen (Maritime), 7:34.80.
Harrison Snow and Drake Deuel, also Narragansett Boat Club scullers, had a much closer finish in the Men’s Junior Double: 1st Donadio/Schlyer (GMS), 6:49.41; 2nd Norton/Cone (Maritime), 6:52.89; 3rd Snow/Deuel (NBC), 6:55.75.
Congratulations to all of our scullers, their coaches (Peter Wilhelm and Andrew Kallfelz), and their families!