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Brighton students are first BPS athletes to compete in adaptive rowing event

Posted by Justin Rice  February 15, 2013 04:35 PM

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For the first time in its 31-year history, the 2013 C.R.A.S.H.-B.’s World Indoor Rowing Championships will include Boston public schools students in its adaptive events on Sunday at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Brighton High students, Elvon Pemberton and Ricky Mejia, who train at Community Rowing in Brighton, will compete alongside more than 2,300 competitors from around the world, including current and past Olympians, world record holders and collegiate athletes.

Competitors will race against the clock on 96 Concept2 Indoor Rowing machines, otherwise known as Ergometers, for an amount of time that simulates 2,000 meters.

“Each race amounting to about six to eight minutes of pure athletic intensity,” a press release for the event states.

This year’s event will feature nearly 100 adaptive competitors, including world record holders Fred Baker of Boston, Caroline MacDonald from the United Kingdom, Anke Molkethin of Germany, Eric McDaniel, Jr., from Austin, Texas, Syd Lea from Taneytown, Md., Paul Hurley, from Arlington, Va.

Adaptive events include functional electrical stimulation and the three Paralympic classifications: legs-trunk-arms, trunk-arms, and arms-shoulders.

This year's event will also feature 2012 US Olympians bronze medalist Megan Kalmoe (women’s quadruple scull) and gold medalist Meghan Musnicki (women’s eight) along with US Under-23 lightweight men’s double tandem competing against each other in the elite lightweight men’s division, Nick Trojan from Long Beach, Calif., and Austin Meyer, currently an undergraduate at Harvard University.

The defending champion in the Open Men’s event, Juan Carlos Cabrera Pérez of Mexico, will also compete.

For more information visit http://www.crash-b.org/

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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