The U.S. will have three boats competing at the final World Rowing Cup race of the season starting Friday in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The women’s double sculls crew of Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.) will race in its second world cup event of the season, having finished fourth at World Rowing Cup II in Poznan, Poland. Tomek and O’Leary, who won a bronze medal in the event at the 2018 World Rowing Championships and silver in 2017, will take on 13 other crews in Rotterdam including Australia’s Genevieve Horton and Amanda Bateman, who won the bronze medal in the event last month in Poznan.
In the men’s eight, the U.S. will send an under 23 crew made up of coxswain Woods Connell (Bethesda, Md.), Andrew Gaard (Madison, Wis.), Andrew Knoll (Greenback, Tenn.), Sam Halbert (Redmond, Wash.), Alex Miklasevich (Pittsburgh, Pa.), William Creedon (Denver, Colo.), Chris Carlson (Bedford, N.H.), Justin Best (Kennett Square Pa.) and Madison Molitor (Moses Lake, Wash.) to Rotterdam. Gaard, Halbert, Carlson, Best and Molitor were all part of the men’s eight that won a gold medal at the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, while Connell, Creedon, and Miklasevich won gold in the men’s four with coxswain. Knoll finished fourth in the men’s four. The crew will take on seven other crews including Germany and Great Britain, who took the top two spots at World Rowing Cup II.
The U.S. will race in the women’s quadruple sculls for the first time internationally this year. Maureen McAuliffe (Olney, Md.), Kristina Wagner (Weston, Mass.), Heidi Robbins (Hanover, N.H.) and Lily Keane (Buffalo, N.Y.) will take on a field of eight other crews that includes Poland and Germany, the silver and bronze medalists from Poznan. McAuliffe was part of the quad that finished sixth at last year’s world championships. Robbins is a two-time world champion in the women’s eight, while Wagner was a member of the 2013 Under 23 National Team. Keane is representing the U.S. for the first time internationally.
Racing will take place beginning Friday, July 12, and run through Sunday, July 14. In total, 304 boats from 42 countries are scheduled to race at World Rowing Cup III. The World Rowing Cup series was launched in 1997 and consists of a series of three events, with the overall World Rowing Cup winners being determined after the third event in Rotterdam.
Live audio commentary and the live race tracker will be available for ALL races on www.worldrowing.com.
NBC Sports will have live streaming coverage of the finals of World Rowing Cup III in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on the OlymicChannel.com at 4:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 14. Tape-delayed broadcasts will be shown on the Olympic Channel at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 14, and on NBCSN at 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15.
Live streaming will not be available on worldrowing.com in the United States, but the VOD clips will be available 24 hours after the event.
World Rowing has partnered with NBC Sports Group for coverage of the World Rowing Cups, European Championships and World Rowing Championships through 2020.