Team WinTech enjoyed a very successful weekend at the USRowing Senior Trials last weekend, with wins in three categories. Held at Mercer Lake, the event serves as the last domestic stepping stone for athletes looking to compete on the international stage for the USA this summer.
Eliot “Finn” Putnam of New York Athletic Club won the M1x in a time of 6:50.7, finishing over seven seconds ahead of Andrew LeRoux of California Rowing Club. Eliot has ample international pedigree already, having finished fourth in the quadruple sculls at the 2021 World Rowing Cup I and fourth in the eight at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. His performance bettered that of his showing at the 2023 Winter Speed Order, where he finished sixth overall.
Sophia Luwis, fresh off a win at World Cup III in Lucerne, won the LW1x by over seven seconds. Racing for Whitemarsh Boat Club, Sophia is building back after a difficult 2022 season where a serious injury prevented her from competing at the World Rowing Championships. This year, she has also raced at World Cup II (finishing second) and Henley Royal Regatta, where she was a beaten semi-finalist in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup.
Audrianna Boersen finished second behind Sophia. She also hails from Whitemarsh Boat Club. This represents an important step on for Audrey, who won the lightweight quadruple sculls and open weight quadruple sculls and finished second in the open weight double sculls at the 2022 USRowing Summer National Championships.
Athletes in our Cobra shells also finished first in the LW2- in an uncontested final. Solveig Imsdahl and Elaine Tierney won the race in a time of 7:31.61, racing for Penn A.C. Rowing Association. Solvieg is a seasoned international competitor, having finished second in the lightweight pair at the 2022 World Rowing Championships alongside bronze in the quadruple sculls and fourth in the pair at the 2019 Pan American Games.
The final WinTech result came via the pairing of Katherine Horvat and Karina Feitner, who placed fourth in the ‘A’ final of W2x. They were around 21 seconds back on the overall winners, racing for ARION.
We are very much looking forward to watching these athletes progress into the summer racing season and potentially represent USRowing at international events over the next few months.
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