MONTREAL – Luce Bourbeau, a McGill University student from the Iles-de-la Madeleine, Que., and her Canadian women’s eight boat have advanced to Sunday’s gold medal final at the under-23 world rowing championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.
Bourbeau, a 22-year-old political science junior who stands 5-foot-11, qualified with the rest of her crew for the A final after finishing second in Friday’s repechage. Germany won the race in six minutes, 29.83 seconds. Canada posted a time of 6:32.08 after overtaking the Netherlands, which placed third in 6:32.36.
Other members of the Canadian crew were Marissa Kump of St. Catharines, Ont., Aleda Kawalek of Welland, Ont., Sarah Rothwell of Listowel, Ont., Julie Calvert of Burlington, Ont., Kathleen Morrison of Mississauga, Ont., Meghan Robinson of Bowen Island, B.C., Nicole Hare of Calgary, Alta., and coxswain Luellen Fawcett
“Today was an incredible race,” said Fawcett of St. Catharines, who won gold in 2011 in the same event. “We really showed up as a boat and put our hearts out on the race course. There are certain things we know we can do better that will allow us to only get faster for the final. I think we proved to ourselves what is possible, and what we need to do on Sunday.”
Bourbeau rose to prominence with the McGill crew last fall after winning gold in women’s pairs at the Canadian University Rowing Association championships in Burnaby, B.C. She was also part of a foursome that finished fourth of 46 entries in the club fours category at the prestigious Head of the Charles River regatta in Boston. When not competing for McGill, she trains with the Club d’aviron de Boucherville.
In other results, the men’s double was second in the repechage (6:39.22), to advance to the semi. Romania won the race in 6:35.54. The Canadian crew is Pascal Lussier of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Paul Thiessen of Mitchell, Man.
The lightweight men’s pair of Maxwell Lattimer of Delta, B.C, and Evan Cheng of Vancouver, B.C, was third (6:58.46) in the semi, advancing to the A final.
The lightweight women’s single with Erin Snelgrove of Jordan, Ont., finished second (8:01.01) in the rep, advancing to the semifinal. Austrian Anna Berger won the race in 8:00.46.
The Canadian U-23 men’s single, with Benjamin Murphy of Markham, Ont., was third in a quarter-final (7:18.27) and advanced to Saturday’s semifinal.
The lightweight men’s double of Dylan Harris of Ottawa and Alex Walker of Jasper, Alta., was third (6:49.25) in the rep, and the finished second in 6:47.41 in their semi to move on to the C final (for places 13th to 18th).
The lightweight men’s single (Matthew Christie of Kingston, Ont.) was fifth in his quarter-final (7:21.84) and then third in his semi (7:15.13), advancing to the C final.
More information on the under-23 worlds can be found onlne at www.rowingcanada.org and www.worldrowing.com/events/2013-world-rowing-under-23-championships
2013 TEAM CANADA U-23 CREW:
Marissa Kump – St. Catharines Rowing Club, St. Catharines, Ont.,
Aleda Kawalek – South Niagara Rowing Club, Welland, Ont.,
Sarah Rothwell – Peterborough Rowing Club, Listowel, Ont.,
Julie Calvert – University of Western Ontario Boat Club, Burlington, Ont.,
Kathleen Morrison – University of Western Ontario Boat Club, Mississauga, Ont.,
Meghan Robinson – Kingston Rowing Club, Bowen Island, B.C.,
Luce Bourbeau – McGill Rowing Club & Club d’aviron de Boucherville, Iles-de-la Madeleine, Que.,
Nicole Hare – Calgary Rowing Club, Calgary, Alta.,
Coxswain : Ellen Fawcett, St. Catharines, Ont.
Coaches: Terry Paul, Michelle Darvill, Volker Nolte, Phil Marshall and Doug White.
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