Finals Start Saturday With Five U.S. Crews Rowing For Medals
August 17, 2012
PLOVDIV, Bulgaria – And on the third day, there were finals.
With all but three races determined, the United States will send five crews to the line to race for medals tomorrow. Three other crews will race in B finals, and three semifinals will determiner the remaining unsettled events.
Medal racing will be featured in the junior women’s four, the junior women’s quadruple sculls, the lightweight senior women’s quadruple sculls, the senior men’s pair with coxswain and the junior women’s pair.
The first medal race will be in the men’s pair with coxswain. The crew of Stephen Young Jr. (Tampa, Fla.), Justin Stangel (Madison, Wis.) and Blaise Didier (San Francisco) will race at 11:30 a.m. against Italy, Belarus, Canada, France and Germany.
The U.S. will need a solid effort as Belarus, Canada and France were all faster in the heats.
At 11:40 a.m., the lightweight senior women’s quadruple sculls crew of Hillary Saeger (Dedham, Mass.), Michelle Sechser (Folsom, Calif.), Lindsay Hochman (Seattle, Wash.) and Chelsea Smith (Edna, Minn.) will race against Australia, Italy, Poland, Denmark and China.
The U.S. won bronze in the event at last year’s world championships but will be in a fast crowd with four boats that raced faster times in the heats.
In the junior women’s four, the crew of Kendall Chase (Evergreen, Colo.), Georgia Radcliffe (Vienna, Va.), Deirdre Fitzpatrick (Cheshire, Conn.) and Ruth Narode (Portland, Ore.) will try and defend the U.S. world championship title won last year in Eton Dorney, England at 12:25 p.m.
They have been very good so far in the regatta, but look to China to try and beat them to the top of the podium.
At 12:55 the junior women’s pair of Kathryn Brown (Federal Way, Wash.) and Christine Cavallo (Windermere, Fla.) will contest for medals against Russia, Italy, Greece, Spain and Germany. The U.S. had to row through the repechage to get to the final, but make no mistake, this is crew is a contender.
In the last A final of the day, the junior women’s quadruple sculls crew of Cicely Madden (Weston, Mass.), Alexandra Zadravec (Fairfield, Conn.), Elizabeth Sharis (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Rosemary Grinalds (New York, N.Y.) race at 1:25 p.m. against Italy, Belarus, Romania, New Zealand and Germany.
This crew won their opening race and fought New Zealand the length of the course today to reach the final in second place and stand poised to be the first ever U.S. junior women’s quad crew to medal in the event.
Rowing first in the B finals will be the lightweight senior men’s quadruple crew of Sam Cunningham (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Dave Smith (Seattle, Wash.) Bob Duff (Huntington Valley, Pa.), and Shane Madden (Ambler, Pa.). They will row at 9:14 a.m. against Hungary, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland and Brazil.
In the lightweight senior men’s eight, the crew of coxswain Eric Rhiel (Menomonie, Wis.), Phil Grisdela (Great Falls, Va.), Ryan Fox (Edgerton, Wis.) Anders Corbett (Staten Island, N.Y.), Martin Forde (Mill Creek Wash.), Nick Dawe (Cincinnati, Ohio), Will Robins (Chappaqua, N.Y.), Sean McKenna (Blue Bell, Pa.) and Andrew Hashway (West Boylston, Mass.) race at 9:21 a.m. against Hungary and The Netherlands.
In the junior men’s four with coxswain, the crew of coxswain Jake Mendelson (Jacksonville, Fla.), Bradley Plunkett (Darien, Conn.), Samuel Helms (Snohomish, Wash.), Eli Brown (Dallas, Texas) row at 9:35 a.m. against Croatia, Australia, Belarus and Russia.
In semifinal racing, the junior men’s pair crew of Justin Murphy (Montclair, N.J.) and Nathaniel Goodman (Montclair, N.J.) will race at 10:17 a.m. against the Czech Republic, France, Serbia, Hungary and Croatia.
In the junior women’s double sculls, the crew of Mackenzi Sherman (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Olivia MacLean (Lancaster, Mass.) row at 10:31 a.m. against Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.
In the junior men’s double sculls, the crew of Chase Buchholz (Norfolk, Mass.) and Richard Wagner (Providence, R.I.) will row to the line at 10:45 a.m. against Spain, Germany, Latvia, France and Slovenia.
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