This was a big weekend for the pairs: The winner of NSR #2 earns a trip to the world cup race in Bled, Slovenia! If the US crew finishes in the top four at the world cup, then they can theoretically become the Team USA pair for Worlds. Whether or not the coaches will actually nominate the winning pair remains to be seen; after all, Worlds are still five months away…
It was a great day for racing– blue skies, light tailwind, warm weather, perfect! Our goal for this race was to go after it, stroke rate 24, no excuses… and we did! It was an aggressive, solid piece, and boy-oh-boy, did my legs burn! Amanda and I were in Lane 1, so we were especially focused and internal. When I finally glanced out of the boat– at the 1000 mark– we still had contact with Susan and Erin, and we had a length on the rest of the field (which was FOUR BOATS ACROSS). Great racing all around!
So 2nd place overall (hurray!), followed by mandatory drug-testing and a post-race practice. All in all, it was a fabulous morning of racing. Congrats to Susan and Erin, NSR#2 champs!
Check out results at powerhousetiming.com