Credit: US Rowing
US Rowing crews have good day at the Junior Rowing World Championships
Men’s single sculler Clark Dean won his quarterfinal, while four other crews won their repechages, to highlight Friday’s racing at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.
The women’s four with coxswain, men’s four, men’s quadruple sculls, and men’s eight all won their repechages, while the women’s quadruple sculls and women’s double sculls also advanced out of the reps.
Dean (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew) won his quarterfinal comfortably over Slovenia’s Jaka Cas to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. Taking the lead off the start, Dean held a 2.60-second advantage on South Africa’s Liam Smit at the 500-meter mark before continuing to pull away from the field over the middle 1,000 meters.
The defending world champion held more than a four-second margin going into the final quarter of the race. Cas and Uruguay’s Martin Gonzalez Volkman finished second and third to claim the other spots in the semifinals. Dean finished with a time of 6:58.59, with Cas coming home in a 7:01.23.
“Clark pushed hard today to get through the quarterfinals,” said Coach Casey Galvanek. “Working through illness is tough at home but unimaginable at a world championship. Fingers crossed his good luck doesn’t run out before the semifinals.”
Dean will take on scullers from the Czech Republic, Australia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland in the second semifinal.
After finishing third in its heat of the women’s four with coxswain, the crew 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) won its repechage in comfortable fashion. Belarus took the early lead before the U.S. moved into the top spot just after the halfway point of the race. The U.S. crossed the finish line in a 7:02.23, with Australia taking second in a 7:04.88. The victory earned the American boat a spot in Sunday’s final.
“The theme all along has been to just get better and improve, as they did at club nationals from the first race to the second race,” said Coach Bill Manning. “That was our goal here, and they did that today. Hopefully, they can improve from the second race to the third race. If they do that, they are going to have a lot of fun.”
The men’s four 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) also won its repechage to advance to the semifinals. The U.S. got off the line in fourth before moving into second at the halfway point. The U.S. then passed Serbia and walked away from the field. The American boat finished with a time of 6:05.25, with Switzerland finishing second and Serbia falling to third. On Saturday, the four will race the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Romania, Croatia and Serbia in the second semifinal.
“The repechage was a great opportunity to learn as a crew and practice implementing a more mature race plan,” said Coach Nick D’Antoni. “I thought the guys executed it very well without costing too much energy. In terms of racing, the semifinal is like a primetime game; everyone’s watching and you’re ‘under the lights’ with a lot of pressure to perform. After facing last year’s gold and silver medalists in the heat, they’re feeling more relaxed and confident in their strategy and are ready for their best effort yet.”
The men’s quadruple sculls crew of Nathan Phelps (Ridgefield, Conn./Maritime Rowing Club), Emory Sammons (Fort Plain, N.Y./Sarasota Crew), James Wright, (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends School Rowing) and Kristopher Schumann (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew) also won its repechage to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. Croatia took the early lead and held a slight advantage at the halfway point. The U.S. moved into the lead with about 750 meters to go and slowly pulled away from the Croatian boat, finishing with a time of 5:43.82. Croatia finished 1.31 seconds behind in a 5:56.13 to earn the other spot in the semifinals. The U.S. will take on the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Greece and Chile in the first semifinal.
“The boy’s quad had a terrific race – well executed and raced appropriately,” Galvanek said. “They came down the course in relative control. It only gets harder from here.”
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) held off a challenge by Hungary in the final 500 meters to win its repechage and advanced to Sunday’s final. The U.S. grabbed the lead off the start and built more than a two-second advantage at the 1,000-meter mark. Hungary made a push during the second half of the race, but the U.S. responded to earn the victory in a 5:39.01. Hungary finished second to claim the other spot in Sunday’s final.
“The athletes responded in a mature fashion today,” said Coach Jesse Foglia. “They identified and executed the elements they had come up short on during the heat. It’s great to be in the final, but we will need to continue to sharpen our execution as the entire field looks very competitive.”
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) advanced to the semifinals thanks to a second-place finish in its repechage. With three to advance, Canada jumped out to the early lead with the U.S. just behind. The two North American crews continued to walk away from the rest of the field, taking control of qualifying positions in the first 500 meters. Canada won the race in a 6:41.91, with the U.S. finishing in a 6:45.53. Russia earned the other spot in the semifinals. On Saturday, the quad will take on Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and Lithuania in the second semifinal.
Camille VanderMeer (Elmira, N.Y./ Narragansett Boat Club) and Sarah McErlean (Vevey, Switzerland/ Club Aviron Vevey) finished second in their repechage of the women’s double sculls to advance to Saturday’s semifinal. The duo sat in second position behind Germany the entire way down the course. Germany won the race in a 7:13.37, with the U.S. finishing in a 7:16.57. VanderMeer and McErlean will race Belarus, Russia, France, China and Japan in the second semifinal.
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 defending world champions and home favorites from the Czech Republic won the race in a 6:13.04. The U.S., which sat in fourth off the line before moving into second over the back half of the race, finished with a time of 6:15.49.
In the women’s single sculls, Cassandra Reed (Belmont, Mass./West Cambridge Rowing) finished fifth in her quarterfinal and will now race in the C/D semifinals for a spot in the C final, which determines overall places 13-18, or the D final for places 19-24. Reed moved into fifth position just before the halfway point but could not work her way into a qualifying position. Italy’s Greta Martinelli won the race in a 7:41.30. Reed finished in an 8:04.40 and will take on scullers from Lithuania, Greece, Slovenia, Sweden and Bulgaria in her C/D semifinal.
The men’s double sculls crew of Cooper Tuckerman (Bozeman, Mont./Vesper Boat Club) and Kristopher Fisher (Oak Ridge, Tenn./Vesper Boat Club) finished sixth in its quarterfinal and will now race in the C/D semifinals. Tuckerman and Fisher rowed in sixth the entire way down the course. Germany won the race in a 6:24.96. The U.S. finished in a 6:42.17 and will take on crews from Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Chile in its C/D semifinal on Saturday.
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 fourth in their repechage and now will race in a C/D semifinal on Saturday morning. With two to advance to the semifinals, the duo dropped to fourth off the line and were never in contention for a qualifying spot. Romania won the race in a 6:38.03, followed by Turkey. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:54.67. Gallagher and Le Meur will face crews from Sweden, Australia, Austria and Moldova in their C/D semifinal.
The U.S. will have three additional crews racing in semifinals on Saturday.
After winning its heat, the women’s pair of Lucy Koven (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Crew) and Caitlin Esse (Fairfield, Conn./ Saugatuck Rowing Club) will take on Chile, Germany, Lithuania, Great Britain and Hungary in the second of two semifinals.
Coming off of a heat victory, 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) will take on Canada, Spain, South Africa, Ukraine and Germany in the first of two semifinals.
The women’s four of Catherine Garrett (Darien, Conn./Connecticut Boat Club), Kelsey McGinley (Westport, Conn./Saugatuck Rowing Club), Julia Braz (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew) and Margaret Hedeman (Concord, Mass./Community Rowing, Inc.) also won its heat. The crew will race Australia, Germany, Austria, Romania and Denmark in the second of two semifinals.