Gevvie Stone, first U.S. Rower to qualify for Team USA, six other Trials winners heading to Rio
With the conclusion of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Rowing Trials on Sunday, seven new Team USA athletes from four different rowing events were confirmed. To date, this brings the total number of Team USA qualified athletes to 100.
Olympic hopefuls competed to advance to the finals for a chance to punch their ticket to the 2016 Rio Games. Over 46 races, both in qualified and non-qualified events took place April 17-24 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.
Time trials for all qualified classes began on Thursday, and all rowers advanced to their respective heats on Friday, positioned by time trials results.
Women's single sculls (W1x)
A total of 11 rowers competed for one Olympic spot. Three total heats, comprised of three or four rowers in each heat were contested on Friday. The top two in each heat advanced to the semifinals on Saturday. Those outside of the top two went to the repechage (second chance qualifier) to race for a semifinals spot.
Each winner of the two repechages advanced to the semis and the rest were eliminated. Eight rowers advanced to the semis and the races were split into two races of four rowers. The top 2 in each semifinal race advanced to the finals on Sunday.
Gevvie Stone became the first Olympic rower named to Team USA this year after posting a time of 7:51:57, overpowering Stesha Carle by more than seven seconds in the final.
Women's double sculls (W2x)
Seven boats (14 athletes) entered the heats on Friday. Two heats were held, three boats in the first and four boats in the second.
The winner of each heat advanced to the final and all remaining boats were sent to the repechage races on Saturday. Only the winner of each repechage advanced to the final on Sunday.
Men's and women's lightweight double sculls (LM2x and LW2x)
Two heats comprised of four boats each competed on Friday. The winner of each heat advanced to the final and the rest raced in each of the two repechages. The winner of each repechage competed in the final.
Andrew Campbell Jr and Joshua Konieczny finished the LM2x final in 6:32:86 and qualified for an Olympic spot on Team USA. Teammates Austin Meyer and Nick Trojan were less than five seconds behind crossing the finish in 6:37:14.
Racing in the LW2x, Kate Bertko and Devery Karz won an Olympic selection finishing with a time of 7:18:50. Teammates Hillary Saeger and Erin Roberts crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 7:30:42.
Non-qualified events: Men's single sculls (M1x), double sculls (M2x) and quadruple sculls (M4x)
Winners of each non-qualified event will represent the U.S. at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Two-time Olympian, Ken Jurkowski, won the M1x final on Sunday beating out 21 entrants. His win gave him the opportunity to represent U.S. rowing in Lucerne. In order to qualify the U.S. for one more quota spot in the M1x event in Rio, Jurkowski must secure a top three finish.
Stephen Whelpley and Willy Cowles (M2x) won their final on Sunday, brothers Peter and John Graves, Ben Dann and Ben Davison won the M4x final on Tuesday. They must secure a top two finish in Lucerne to earn a quota for the U.S. in their respective events.
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Rowing Trials will air on NBCSN on May 8 at 5 p.m. ET.