Under 23 Worlds A final action set for Sunday in Sarasota

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    Canada’s first A final appearance at the 2019 World Rowing U23 Championships saw the Women’s Coxed Four take fourth place after a close battle with Australia for the final spot on the podium.

    Canada and Australia were neck and neck through the full 2000m, with Australia pulling ahead in the last 500 to finish 4.17 seconds ahead of Canada’s time of 7:08.70.

    The Women’s Quad finished their U23 Worlds experience with a strong performance in the B final, coming in first place (seventh overall). While sitting in third place for much of the first half of the race, the crew made a big push to advance ahead of the Czech Republic and be the first across the line with a time of 6:37.930.

    “I think we did a good job from the 750 holding there and then slowly gaining,” said bow-seat Marilou Duvernay Tardif (St. Jean-Baptiste, QC). “Everybody was very excited about what was happening in the boat. It was pretty fun to see and to feel.”

    “We’re a pretty powerful crew, we knew that the middle was kind of where we get crews, cause we’re pretty consistent and we always make up speed,” said stroke-seat Kieanna Stephens (Surrey, BC). “Throughout the regatta we knew that we had a finish. I was confident that we could pull through and when we did it just gave us more motivation to finish it off.”

    Saturday morning also featured the last set of semi-finals of the event. Spencer Kielar (Guelph, ON) is moving on to the Lightweight Men’s Single B final after placing fourth in the A/B semi-final. Tyler Adams (Victoria, BC) and Michael Bryenton (Peterborough, ON) will also compete in Sunday’s B finals after finishing sixth in the Men’s Double A/B semi-final.

    Racing continues for Canada on Sunday with the Women’s Double, Men’s Double, Men’s Eight and Lightweight Men’s Single B finals and the Women’s Four and Women’s Single A finals

    Team Canada Results and Progressions

    Women’s Quadruple Sculls (roster below)
    4th in Heat > 3rd in Repechage > 1st in B Final

    Women’s Four (roster below)
    4th in Heat > 2nd in Repechage > A Final

    Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls – Spencer Kielar
    2nd in Heat > 1st in Repechage > 4th in A/B Semi > B Final

    Women’s Single Sculls – Louise Munro
    4th in Heat > 2nd in Repechage > A Final

    Women’s Double Sculls – Katie Clark & Yara Ensminger
    3rd in Heat > 3rd in Repechage > B Final

    Men’s Double Sculls – Tyler Adams & Michael Bryenton
    4th in Heat > 1st in Repechage > 6th in A/B Semi > B Final

    Men’s Coxed Eight (roster below)
    3rd in Heat > 3rd in Repechage > B Final

    Women’s Coxed Four (roster below)
    4th in Prelim > 4th in A Final

    Under 23 World Championship Team

    Women’s Four
    Piper Battersby Victoria City Rowing Club/University of Victoria Rowing Club
    Isabel Ruby-Hill Branksome Hall Rowing/Duke University
    McKenna Simpson University of Victoria Rowing Club
    Ivy Elling Quaintance Victoria City Rowing Club/Washington State University
    Women’s Coxed Four
    Kailani Marchak Victoria City Rowing Club/University of California
    Brenna Randall Regina Rowing Club/University of Tennessee
    Charlotte Deacon Kingston Rowing Club/Queen’s University Rowing Club
    Clarie Dirks Havergal Rowing Club/Yale University
    Megan Stellato (coxswain) Havergal Rowing Club/Queen’s University Rowing Club
    Women’s Quad
    Anna Burnotte Club d’aviron de Sherbrooke
    Marilou Duvernay Tardif Knowlton Rowing Club
    Kieanna Stephens Burnaby Lake Rowing Club/University of Washington
    Grace VandenBroek Peterborough Rowing Club
    Women’s Double
    Katie Clark False Creek Rowing Club/Rockies Rowing Club/University of British Columbia Rowing Club
    Yara Ensminger Don Rowing Club/University of Western Ontario Rowing Club
    Women’s Single
    Louise Munro Queen’s University Rowing Club
    Men’s Eight
    Charles Alexander Sudbury Rowing Club/Laurentian University
    Curtis Ames Calgary Rowing Club/University of Western Ontario Rowing Club
    Nicholas Everett Brockville Rowing Club/University of Washinton
    Luke Gadsdon Leander Boat Club/Brock University
    Travis Gronsdahl Victoria City Rowing Club/University of Victoria Rowing Club
    Peter Lancashire Brentwood College/University of Washington
    Nicholas Tavares South Niagara Rowing Club/Syracuse University
    Brett Vilk St. Catharines Rowing Club/University of California
    Skylar Presch (coxswain) University of Victoria Rowing Club
    Men’s Double
    Tyler Adams University of Victoria Rowing Club
    Michael Bryenton Kingston Rowing Club/Queen’s University Rowing Club
    Lightweight Men’s Single
    Spencer Kielar Guelph Rowing Club/Trent University

    Under 23 Coaches
    Women’s Sculling – Gavin McKay (Aviron Québec)
    Women’s Sweep – Greg Szybka (Brock University Rowing Club)
    Men’s Sculling – Dane Lawson (University of Western Ontario Rowing Club)
    Men’s Sweep – Pat Newman (Victoria City Rowing Club)