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Dean wins semi-final and sets new record

Credit: US Rowing: Women's Four World Junior Rowing championship 2018

Dean wins semi-final and sets new record


After setting a junior world’s best time in the heat, only to see it broken in the quarterfinals by German rival Moritz Wolff, men’s single sculler Clark Dean (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew) lowered the record by almost five seconds in winning his semifinal on Saturday at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.

In a day that saw junior records broken nine times, Dean’s semifinal victory was one of four on the day for the U.S. squad. In addition to the men’s single, the men’s four with coxswain, women’s pair and women’s four won their semifinals to advance to Sunday’s medal races.

Racing in the second of two semifinals, Dean, the defending world champion in the event, grabbed a lead in the first 250 meters before Australia’s Cormac Kennedy-Leverett took the top position as the scullers crossed the 500-meter mark. However, the Australian’s lead was short-lived as Dean moved back into first at around 750 meters and began to pull ahead. Dean continued to build his lead in the third quarter of the race before putting on a strong sprint to win by more than six seconds and set the record.

Dean finished with a time of 6:45.45 ahead of Kennedy-Leverett. Belgium’s Tristan Vandenbussche finished third. The three scullers will join Wolff, who won the other semifinal, Belarus’ Ivan Brynza and Italy’s Gennaro Di Mauro in the final.

Similar to its heat, the men’s four with coxswain of coxswain George Doty (Corte Madera, Calif./Marin Rowing Association), Michael Fairley (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Rowing Association), Chase Haskell (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./ The Bolles School), Owen King (Montclair, N.J./Montclair High School) and Henry Bellew (Bethesda, Md./Harvard University) used a blistering start to take control of the race in the first 500 meters, en route to a victory in the first semifinal. The U.S. held more than a two-second advantage over South Africa early on before Canada moved into second place at the midway point of the race. However, neither crew was able to keep pace with the Americans. At the finish, the U.S. crossed the line in a 6:20.49. Spain and Germany overtook Canada in the final 500 meters to earn the other qualifying spots. Italy won the second semifinal, with Australia and the Czech Republic also advancing.

“There was some great racing in both semifinals today,” said Coach Chris Chase. “I was pleased with the start and how the boys settled into their base pace so comfortably. We tried to limit any tension and just relax on the slide. Tomorrow will be a great race. The defending champions certainly won’t give and inch, and the whole field is filled with quality boats.”

The women’s pair of Lucy Koven (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Crew) and Caitlin Esse (Fairfield, Conn./ Saugatuck Rowing Club) also won its semifinal to advance to Sunday’s medal race. Koven and Esse were second off the line behind Great Britain before pulling away from the field in the second quarter of the race. The American boat held nearly a three-second advantage at the midway point and continued to extend its lead throughout the second half of the race. Koven and Esse finished with a time of 7:17.42, nearly six seconds ahead of Chile. Lithuania finished third to also advance. Greece won the first semifinal in a junior world’s best time, with France and Canada also earning spots in the final.

“I think the Greek pair has shown that they are gutsy and fast on both ends of the race, so I’m really excited that (Lucy and Caitlin) get to go against them, but it’s a six-boat race,” said Coach Catherine Starr. “Moving forward, we just need to capitalize on what we do well and have fun doing that.”

The women’s four of Catherine Garrett (Darien, Conn./Connecticut Boat Club), Margaret Hedeman (Concord, Mass./Community Rowing, Inc.), Julia Braz (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew) and Kelsey McGinley (Westport, Conn./Saugatuck Rowing Club) gave the U.S. it’s other semifinal victory of the day. The U.S. traded places with Romania at the head of the field the entire length of the course. The two crews were basically even at the 500-meter mark before the Romanians took a one-second lead at the halfway point. The U.S. got back onto terms as the crews entered the final quarter of the race and pulled away at the finish. The Americans crossed the line with a time of 6:40.30, finishing 1.86 seconds ahead of Romania. Australia took third. Italy set a junior world’s best time to win the other semifinal, with New Zealand and The Netherlands also moving to the medal races.

“Our goal after the heats was a clean race start to finish,” said Coach Liz Trond. “In addition to that, they raced a very poised middle 1,000 meters to put themselves into a solid finish position. All four women’s sweep boats are in the A finals, which has been our top goal all season.”

The U.S. just missed reaching the final in the men’s four, finishing fourth behind Romania. The crew of Grant Person (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Aquatic Center), Alexander Degrado (Jacksonville, Fla./Sarasota Crew), Zachary Vachal (San Francisco, Calif./Pacific Rowing Club) and Kai Hoite (Berkeley, Calif./Oakland Strokes) got off the line in fifth before moving into fourth place before the 1,000-meter mark. The U.S. continued to inch closer to Romania but fell just short at the line. New Zealand overtook the Czech Republic in the final 500 meters to win the race in a 5:56.78. The Czech boat finished second. The Americans clocked a 5:59.36 to finish 0.41 seconds behind Romania in third. They will take on Croatia, Serbia, Germany, Switzerland and Spain in the B final for overall places 7-12.

In the women’s quadruple sculls, the U.S. crew of Bridget O’Callahan (Los Angeles, Calif./California Yacht Club), Emmeline Laurence (Greenland, N.H./Great Bay Rowing), Kathleen Dolan (Barrington, R.I./Narragansett Boat Club) and Delaney Evans (Bettendorf, Iowa/Y Quad Cities) finished fifth in its semifinal and now will race in the B final on Sunday. The U.S. rowed in fifth position the entire way down the course. Germany held off Switzerland to win the race in a 6:23.85, with Great Britain finishing third. The Americans clocked a 6:45.27 and will face Italy, Lithuania, Denmark, Russia and New Zealand tomorrow.

The men’s quadruple sculls crew of Nathan Phelps (Ridgefield, Conn.), Emory Sammons (Fort Plain, N.Y.), James Wright, (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Kristopher Schumann (Sarasota, Fla.) also finished fifth to move on to the B final. The crew rowed in sixth position for much of the race before passing Greece in the last 500 meters. The Czech Republic won the race in a 5:46.49, just ahead of Germany. Chile finished third. The U.S. finished with a time of 5:56.77. The crew will race against Switzerland, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand and Croatia in the B final.

Camille VanderMeer (Elmira, N.Y./ Narragansett Boat Club) and Sarah McErlean (Vevey, Switzerland/ Club Aviron Vevey) finished fifth in their semifinal of the women’s double sculls. Belarus won the race in a 7:08.15, with China finishing 0.11 seconds behind. France finished third. The U.S. boat clocked a 7:18.27 and will take on Russia, Japan, Estonia, Italy and Great Britain in tomorrow’s B final.

In the men’s pair, Jack Gallagher (Newtown, Pa./ Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer) and Gregoire Le Meur (San Francisco, Calif./Pacific Rowing Club) finished fifth in the C final for a 17th-place finish overall. China won the race with a time of 6:46.12, with the U.S. finishing in a 6:54.93.

The men’s double sculls crew of Cooper Tuckerman (Bozeman, Mont./Vesper Boat Club) and Kristopher Fisher (Oak Ridge, Tenn./Vesper Boat Club) finished third in the D final for a 21st-place finish overall. Chile won the race in a 6:36.93, with the U.S. finishing in a 6:38.71.

In the women’s single sculls, Cassandra Reed (Belmont, Mass./West Cambridge Rowing) finished fourth in the D final for a 22nd-place finish overall. Greece’s Ermioni Lamprianidou won the race in a 7:58.24. Reed clocked an 8:09.03 to edge Zimbabwe’s Lorryn Bass at the line.

The U.S. will have three additional crews racing for medals on Sunday.

The women’s four with coxswain of coxswain Caroline Ricksen (Orinda, Calif./Oakland Strokes), Heidi Jacobson (Greenwich, Conn./Connecticut Boat Club), Kaitlin Knifton (Austin, Texas/Texas Rowing Center), Julia Abbruzzese (Ridgefield, Conn./Connecticut Boat Club) and Noelle Amlicke (Westport, Conn./Saugatuck Rowing Club) advanced to the final off of a victory in its repechage. The crew will take on heat winners Italy and Ukraine, as well as Australia, Germany and the Czech Republic, in the final.

The men’s eight of coxswain Dylan White (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Aquatic Center), Harrison Schofield (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew), Eli Kalfaian (Milford, Conn./Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer), John Mark Ozaeta (Moraga, Calif./Oakland Strokes), Harrison Burke (Westport, Conn./Saugatuck Rowing Club), Nicholas Fisher (West Hartford, Conn./Kent School Boat Club), Charles Fargo (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier High School Rowing), Henry Lowe (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Deerfield Academy Crew) and Ryan Beeler (Melrose, Mass./Boston College High School) won its repechage to advance to the final. The U.S. will be joined by heat winners Great Britain and Germany, as well as Italy, Poland and Hungary, in the final.

With only five entries in the event, the women’s eight of coxswain Alin Pasa (Westport, Conn./Saugatuck Rowing Club), Hannah Schaenman (Rye Brook, N.Y./RowAmerica Rye), Jessica Mixon (Brentwood, Tenn./University of Pennsylvania), Francesca Raggi (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park Crew), Azja Czajkowski (Imperial Beach, Calif./San Diego Rowing Club), Larkin Brown (Chattanooga, Tenn./Girls Preparatory School), Isabel Mezei (Brookfield, Conn./Saugatuck Rowing Club), Gabrielle Graves (Vashon, Wash./Burton Beach Rowing Club) and Samantha Henriksen (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Rowing Foundation) finished second in its race for lanes ahead of Sunday’s final. The crew will take on the defending world champions and home favorites from the Czech Republic, as well as Romania, Germany and Italy, in tomorrow’s race for the medals.