This weekend was the first of this summer’s many exciting racing opportunities: The National Selection Regatta #1. There are three NSR’s this summer, and each is an important process in the selection of the small boats for the World Championships. (“Small boats” meaning singles, doubles, and pairs). Also, a good performance at a NSR can result in an invitation for the official camps for big boat selection (fours, quads, and eights).
The racing this weekend was especially important for the singles: the winning sculler gets an all-expense-paid trip to a World Cup regatta. If he or she finishes in the top four at the World Cup, then they can be officially named to Team USA for the Championships in New Zealand.
For the sweep group, this race was more of a dress rehearsal for later regattas. There were only five pairs entered in our event, and as luck would have it, all five entries were from the Princeton Training Center! So, in essence, we were lining up against the same rowers we face everyday at practice.
Amanda and I had a FANTASTIC weekend. We were second in Friday’s time trial, narrowly edging out Lindsay and Caroline (the 2005 Worlds pair). And in Saturday’s final, we finished second overall (yay!), losing only to Susan and Erin, the defending World Champs (yay again!). It wasn’t the perfect race– we still need to practice our start and our sprint– but it was an awesome, focused effort the entire way down the race course. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! You can check out the results here.
We have three weeks until NSR #2; this is the important selection race for the pairs. If we race fast enough, we could possibly earn a berth at the World Cup race in Slovenia!