USRowing has announced the initial roster of athletes who will represent the United States at the 2018 World University Rowing Championship in Shanghai, China. The competition will take place August 10-12. Athletes selected will train in Ypsilanti, Mich., reporting after their respective collegiate seasons end.
Both the men and women will contest eight events at the 2018 World University Rowing Championships including the eight, four, pair, double sculls, single sculls, lightweight four, lightweight double sculls, and lightweight single sculls. To be eligible, athletes must be 25 or under and pursuing a degree. This group represents the first selected athletes, with men’s coach Gregg Hartsuff and women’s coach Kemp Savage still having 13 and 15 seats to fill, respectively.
“Kemp and I have been reviewing and interviewing applicants for the past few months,” said Hartsuff. “We have to make selections carefully because the timeline set by FISU is quite a bit earlier than other international events; and therefore, trials are difficult to implement for the small boats during the academic year.”
Hartsuff said invitations have gone out to several more athletes, and the coaches are waiting until the under 23 application and selection process is complete before finalizing the WUC roster, as many applicants are under consideration for both. Hartsuff also emphasized that athletes who have aged out of under 23 eligibility, including graduate students, are eligible candidates for WUC.
“We want the most talented athlete pool possible and to win multiple medals at the WUC,” Hartsuff said. “Right now, the eights are our priority events. We have plenty of athletes who have applied, and those who have been accepted, with only a few exceptions, have met the ergometer score standards we have set forth. While we will accept applications until the under 23 team has been selected, new applicants should be under 6:10 for men and 7:10 for women to be seriously considered.”
In line with Articles 1.5 and 1.6 of the FISU Regulations and in addition to the conditions laid out in the FISA Rules of Racing (Rule 16), any member federation that has membership of FISU may take part in the World Rowing University Rowing Championships or the Universiades. A federation that is not affiliated to FISU but that is affiliated to FISA may participate in the Championships.
To take part in a FISU regatta, competitors must satisfy the following conditions:
a) Be a national of the country they represent;
b) Be at least 17 and less than 25 years of age on January 1st in the year of the event;
c) Be officially registered for and pursuing a full time course of study at a university or similar institute whose status as a university is recognized by the appropriate national academic authority of their country;
d) Be former students of the institutions mentioned in c) above who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the year preceding the event.
e) In countries with fewer than 2,000,000 inhabitants or having fewer than 5,000 University students, students attending technical or secondary schools may participate in the Championships or Universiades, provided that they have been attending their educational institutions for at least two (2) years. Countries wishing to take advantage of this concession must submit an application to the FISU Executive Committee at least six (6) months before the scheduled start of the event. Such an application must be supported by documents endorsed by the appropriate State or National Academic Authorities.