The GB Rowing Team is to compete for the first time in recent years at the Windermere Cup in Seattle, USA.
A squad of 22 rowers fly today to the USA to take part in two eights on May 3rd in crews that will blend youth with experience.
"This is a good opportunity to provide match-racing experience early in the season and to blood some new rowers", said Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director.
Newcomers Phil Congdon, Adam Neill and Mason Durant feature in the men's eight squad with cox Henry Fieldman - although Congdon and Durant did feature in a development crew at the Eton Dorney world cup in 2013.
Durant's twin brother Scott is also listed in the 10 rowers for eight seats in Seattle along with last year's squad members Oliver Cook, Matt Gotrel, Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell, Alan Sinclair and Mat Tarrant. Dan Ritchie, World Champion in 2013, is the most experienced name in the squad.
Competition is likely to be stiff as US college crews often form the basis of the American national team. The University of Washington men's crew, for instance, were finalists at Henley Royal Regatta in the Grand Challenge Cup for men's eights and gave the GB Rowing Team first eight a significant test.
The GB women's eight in the US will be coxed by 2013 World finalist Zoe de Toledo. Sam Courty, Karen Bennett, Georgia Francis and Rebecca Chin are the new names at senior level in the 10-strong women's squad.
They are joined by Olivia Carnegie-Brown, a graduate of the GB Rowing Team Start programme, Zoe Lee and Caragh McMurtry who raced in the GB women's eight that reached the final of the World Championships in 2013 as well as Rosamund Bradbury who was in the women's quad in Korea.
GB last competed in the Windermere Cup when a women's crew raced there after the Atlanta Games.
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GB ROWING TEAM SQUAD LIST
Windermere Cup, Seattle, 3 May, 2014
Phil Congdon (Molesey BC/Bury St Edmunds/06.06.1989)
Oliver Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/05.06.1990)
Mason Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.1988)
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.1988)
Matt Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.1989)
Adam Neill (Leander Club/Peterborough/29.5.90)
Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.1988)
Daniel Ritchie (Leander Club/Herne Bay/06.01.1987)
Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Munlochy/16.10.1985)
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.1990)
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Imperial College BC/Barnes/25.11.1988)
Karen Bennett (Molesey BC/Perth/05.02.1989)
Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.1988)
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.1991)
Sam Courty (Bath University BC/Alnwick/7.1.93)
Rebecca Chin (Agecroft RC/Deganwy/11.12.1991)
Katherine Douglas (Leander Club/Midlothian/03.08.1989)
Georgia Francis (Pangbourne College BC/Tunbridge Wells/18.08.1994)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond/15.12.1985)
Caragh McMurtry (Reading Univ BC/Southampton/22.08.1991)
Laura Wheeler (Nottingham RC/Burton-on-Trent/16.02.1985)
Zoe de Toledo (cox) (Leander Club/London/17.07.1987)
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THE SEASON AHEAD
GB Rowing Team Diary Dates for 2014
Windermere Cup - Seattle, USA (GBRT men's and women's eight only)
Announcement of the GB Rowing Team for the European Championships, Caversham.
28 – 1 June
European Championships, Belgrade
Announcement of GB Para-Rowing crews for the World Cup, Caversham
World Cup II, Aiguebelette, France (includes para-rowing)
Henley Royal Regatta – TBC
World Cup III, Lucerne, Switzerland
Announcement of GB Rowing Team crews for the World Championships - venue TBC
World U23 Championships, Varese, Italy
World Junior Championships, Hamburg, Germany
World Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China
24 – 31
World Championships, Amsterdam
World University Championships, Gravelines, France (U23s only)
British Championships - GB Rowing Team participation TBC
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