Month: February 2021

Vesper HP Video in Austin 2021

HP Team Training in Austin, TX (Video)

A great video captured by Eamon Glavin, in Austin, Texas. There is a lot of Vesper's HP team and their Head Coach Peter Mansfeld (at least his voice!).


Here's a link to Eamon's YouTube channel for some more of his wonderful videos:



Kevin Cardno & JP Kirkegard

Kevin Cardno & JP Kirkegard

Kevin Cardno (stroke) & JP Kirkegaard (bow)

After we introduced you all the lightweight men double combinations that will race at the upcoming Olympic Trials, it's time to present the big guns. We have an open men’s double (M2x) lineup which is a composite entry with the OKC HP program.


In stroke seat: Kevin Cardno

Kevin Cardno was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Shortly after graduating, Kevin joined the Oklahoma City High Performance Training Center to pursue rowing at a higher level.


At UAH, he was able to balance earning his degree while having success on the water, primarily in the single scull. Beginning rowing in 2013 after starting college, Kevin began sculling a year after due to lack of team members. It was the switch to sculling, a few teammates, and support from family and friends that helped Kevin achieve success on the water. Kevin has been rowing with OKCHP for the past three years steadily improving since joining under Coach Reilly Dampeer. He has had success in the Elite category at Club Nationals as well as constant improvement in the US Trials system. Beginning in December of 2020 Kevin was invited to train with Vesper in Austin, Texas after a promising doubles test race with JP. Kevin is excited to race with JP and see the hard work of the past few months come to fruition.


In bow seat: JP Kirkegaard

Vespers old battle horse started rowing in 2004 for Purdue University while earning  his BS in Aerospace Engineering.  They had some good success winning the Dad Vails V8 and earning D final appearances at IRAs in 2007 and 2008 which was a big deal for a club program.  After senior year in 2008, JP stopped rowing but continued working out doing several Olympic distance triathlons in 2008 and 2009.  In the fall of 2009, he began coaching the novices at Purdue while earning his Masters degree also in Aero Engineering.  JP graduated in 2012 and moved to Cleveland where he slowly began sculling with not much regularity until 2013.  In 2014 he moved to Philadelphia to join Vesper's elites and began training full time. In 2017 he had his first National Team appearance in the Men’s Quad M4x at the World Championships in Sarasota.


This combination developed greatly in our training Camp and has been nothing but an outstanding training partner for and with the light men’s doubles. Maybe an outsider by name but definitely a crew that will battle for the spots on the podium.

2021 HP Team Event Calendar

High Performance Team 2021 Event Calendar

Our Vesper High Performance Team's trial/event calendar is below.


For Team USA Rowing Schedule:





February 22 to 26 

Sarasota, FL

May 15 to 17

Lucerne, Switzerland

May 21 to 23

Lucerne, Switzerland

June 19

Beach Sprint Trials

Sarasota, FL

July 7 to 11

Prague, Czech Republic

July 16 to 18

World Championship Trials
Camden, NJ

July 23 to 30

Tokyo, Japan

September 24 to 26

World Beach Sprints

Oeras, Portugal 

October 1 to 3

World Rowing Coastal Championships

Oeras, Portugal

October 17 to 24

World Rowing Championships

Shanghai, China

Vesper’s Jasper Liu – Rowing News, February 2021

Vesper's Jasper Liu is on the cover of February 2021's Rowing News magazine and interviewed in an article about lightweight rowing and the 2021 Summer Olympics.

Click HERE for Rowing News magazine.

Rowing News, Feb. 2021 - Jasper Liu

Zach Heese & Jasper Liu

Zach Heese & Jasper Liu

Zach Heese (stroke) & Jasper Liu (bow)

In our little series about the HP Team we want to introduce you all the young athletes who train at Vesper and what they are training for. This time we have the pleasure to present you another Lightweight Men Double combination that will race at Olympic Trials In Sarasota from February 22nd to 26th.


Zach Heese in stroke seat joined Vesper in the fall of 2018 after he graduated from University of Virginia. At UV he rowed under Coach Frank Biller. In 2018 he rowed the LM 1x at the U23 World Championships. He started rowing in 2012 at Pelham Community Rowing Association. During the time of the quarantine Zach managed to improve his erg numbers significantly. He would have the US Record on 30 minutes for a few weeks (before his team mate Josh Remland would beat this score). To mention are his improvements on the 2000m distance.


Jasper Liu in bow seat started rowing in 2013 as a walk on at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Vesper after a few seasons at Penn AC. His strong side is his raw strength and anaerobic capacity. He is one of the few lightweight rowers in the world who can produce over 1000 Watts on the erg. Currently he is the World record holder on the 1 Minute distance on the Concept2 rankings. Despite that, he did a tremendous job improving his “weak spots” and increased his 6000m performance significantly.


Both had their first elite National Team appearance together in 2019 where they rowed the LM 4x at the World Championship in Linz, Austria.