July 24,2014(ISN) – At the conclusion of the second day of racing at the World U23 Rowing Championships,
two crews have already secured places in the coveted A finals and a furtherfour
crews remain in the hunt. An A final is necessary for a podium finish.
On Wednesday, the women’s four of Zoe Fettig-Winn, Michelle Aylard, Hillary Janssens
and Nicole Hare booked their place in Saturday’s A final by finishing second in
their heat behind Russia.
The men’s coxed four of Trofym Anderson, Michael Thornton, Martin Barakso, Tim
Schrijver and coxswain Jacob Koudys won their heat convincingly over New Zealand and
Germany and progressed directly to Saturday’s A final.
Yesterday also saw the lightweight men’s pairing of Grayson Gray and James Myers in
action. In a tight race in which the duo recorded the fastest qualifying time
(6:54.97), they now progress to the semi-final round taking place tomorrow morning.
Joining the lightweight men’s pair in action tomorrow will be fellow lightweight
team mates Samuel Frum, Lucas Farewell, Cameron Howie and Matthew Segal (LM4-) and
Jill Moffatt and Katherine Walker (LW2X). These two crews will be fighting for their
places in their respective A finals through the repechage rounds.
The women’s combination of Sabina Proctor and Sierra Bronkhorst also raced
Wednesday. Placing sixth in the heat meant the duo was relegated to the repechage
round today. A fifth place finish will send the pair, based out of the Saskatoon
Rowing Club, to Saturday’s B final.
The highlight of Thursday’s racing was the convincing win by Canada’s men’s
quadruple sculls crew. They were over five seconds ahead of Poland, the nearest
competitor, gaining much of theirmargin in the last quarter of the race. Matthew
Finley, Taylor Perry, Graham Peeters and Matthew Wortley progress to the semi-finals
that will take place on Saturday.