Following the racing Kris Korzeniowski and Coach Bill Manning assembled a group of male scullers and trained in four quads (see attached picture) to get an early look at candidates for the 2024 M4x. Four Penn AC athletes participated as did a number of others who have spent time with us but live elsewhere.
Penn AC’s High Performance Group raced US Rowing’s Fall Speed Order at Mercer, NJ. The racing showed our continued progress and moved a couple of our athletes into the conversation for Olympic selection.
Our highlights include:
- Evan Olson and Jamie Copus placing second in the M2-. Both raced at this year's world championships, with Olson finishing fifth in the M2- and Copus racing in the LM4x. Jamie is now trying for the Paris Olympics as a heavyweight and this result shows that he is competitive with the field.
- Cedar Cunningham finishing fourth out of forty-eight in the M1x defeating four athletes with senior national team experience. Cedar began sculling in July, 2022.
- Breck Duncan placing ninth out of forty-eight in the M1x. Breck began sculling in June 2023!
- Charlotte “Charlie” Forman earning eleventh out of thirty-six in the W1x. This is a massive step forward for her. She is now the fastest woman on Boathouse Row.
Young athletes are improving at Penn AC. We are an incubator of talent not simply a warehouse. We are developing athletes, thus serving their ambitions, and growing the pool for Olympic selection which fulfills our role as a high-performance partner club for US Rowing.