US rowers qualify for 2017 Worlds

Rio 2016 Paralympian Blake Haxton headlines the roster. 13 Aug 2017
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Blake Haxton

By US Rowing and IPC

Six athletes have qualified for the US team heading to the 2017 World Rowing Championships after their national team trials concluded on Wednesday (9 August).

Blake Haxton will go for his first ever major medal after just missing the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He finished fifth at his first ever World Championships, and is in position to better that performance from two years ago in the PR1 men’s single sculls.

The crew also sees a new face in Hallie Smith, who secured her spot after over taking 2016 Paralympian Jacqui Kapinowski in the PR1 women’s single sculls event.

Natalie McCarthy and Russell Gernaat will pair up in the PR3 mixed double sculls; while Laura Goodkind and Isaac French will try to make some noise in the PR2 mixed double sculls.

The remaining boat to be nominated from selection camp is the PR3 mixed four with coxswain.

The 2017 World Rowing Championships will be held 24 September – 1 October.

More information can be at the event website.