Five Canadian crews lined up for heats on day two at the 2018 World Rowing Championships, enjoying tailwind conditions in sunny Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Canada tallies up another two race wins to advance to semi-finals later this week.
The first Canadian crew to compete today was the Para PR3 mixed coxed four team- Victoria Nolan, Bayleigh Hooper, Andrew Todd, Kyle Fredrickson and coxswain Laura Court. In the PR3 classification, rowers can use legs, trunk, and arms and can push a sliding seat.
Canada raced a strong heat, surpassing the Ukraine at the 1000m mark yet couldn’t gain momentum on the United States, finishing in 2nd place. With only one qualifying spot up for grabs, the Canadians will race in the repechage on Wednesday. This newly formed Para crew consists of a mix of novice rowers and Olympic bronze medalists- Andrew Todd and Victoria Nolan.
Jeremy Hall lined up for his first race of the week in the PR2 men’s single. In the PR2 classification, rowers use trunk and arms and are unable to use their legs to push a sliding seat. There is strapping around the legs to provide stability.
Hall raced to a 3rd place finish behind Great Britain and Italy, which means we will see Jeremy racing the repechage on Wednesday.
“I definitely didn’t race to my potential today. I need to stay in my lane and focus on the right things going forward. I lost speed by not concentrating on my plan and what needed to get done in the boat,” admitted Hall. “I know the upcoming rep will help me adjust some of those pieces and I’ll be much better set up for finals.”
The women’s four, consisting of Jessie Loutit, Karen Lefsrud, Kendra Wells and Larissa Werbicki are racing their first event as a new team, placing 4th in a competitive heat, moving into the repechage tomorrow.
Andrea Proske and Gabrielle Smith made their World Championship debut today in the women’s double sculls, coming off a silver medal performance at the World Cup Lucerne in June.
Proske and Smith raced a solid heat, surpassing the Germans at the halfway mark to overtake the lead and safely cross the finish line. “We’ve increased out training time significantly since Lucerne and that has definitely helped build our relationship and trust as a team,” said Proske. This fresh crew will advance directly to the A/B semi-finals on Friday. “It’s nice to get this first race done and focus on the plan for the rest of the week.”
The final race of the day for Canada saw Carling Zeeman line up in heat three of the women’s single event. Zeeman got off the start behind Germany, making her move just passed the halfway mark of the race to secure the overall win with the third fastest heat time overall (7:35.40). Carling recently won a bronze medal at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne.
Tomorrow, let’s cheer for Canada in the repechages for the lightweight women’s double (Jennifer Cassons and Kate Sauks) and the women’s four (Jessie Loutit, Karen Lefsrud, Kendra Wells, Larissa Werbicki).