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They did it!
Four Penn AC athletes won Trials today qualifying for the 2023 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Below is a picture of our four winners.
A 2023 US senior national team trials racing re-cap is avaialble on the USRowing website.
This is the first senior national team for Evan Olson (M2-). Evan rowed with a partner from California RC, another USRowing High Performance Partner Club.
Jamie Copus stroked the winning LM4x composite crew consisting of athletes from Penn AC, Riverside BC, and San Diego RC.
The successful LW2- was an all-Penn AC lineup of Laine Tierney and Solveig Imsdahl; the same crew that won silver at the 2022 FISA World Rowing Championships.
Penn AC head coach Bill Manning will coach the USA M4x and LW2-. Coach Manning says the focus will be on qualifying boats for the Olympics: a top-seven finish for the M4x, and top-eleven finish for the M2- as well as winning medals in the non-Olympic events (LW2- and LM4x).
Even though their race times at the trials event were better than 95% of the gold medal standard, the lightweight athletes are not funded by USRowing and must pay their own way. Each athlete is responsible for the USRowing fee as well as for their airfare. This works out to approximately $5,000 each for Jamie, Laine, and Solveig, for a total of $15,000. There will be additional domestic training expenses, but this is what’s needed to send them to the world championships.
If you can help send these deserving athletes to the 2023 World Championships to represent Penn AC, Philly, and the USA we would greatly appreciate your help.
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Penn AC Rowing Association
PO Box 56111
Our official name is “Penn AC Rowing Association” and Penn AC’s Tax ID is 23-2565-133.
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