Dean Wins Heat to Open 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships

TRAKAI, Lithuania — Men’s single sculler Clark Dean (Sarasota, Fla.) led the U.S. charge at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships with a resounding first place finish and the fastest time out of eight heats in the event.

In total, 13 United States crews will race over the five-day competition. More than 740 rowers in 258 boats from 59 countries are entered in this year’s championships.

Dean battled with Germany’s Moritz Wolff for first place, pulling ahead at the 1,000 meter-mark. Dean continued to build his lead, ultimately crossing the line nearly three seconds ahead of Wolff in a time of 7:00.68.

All four U.S. crews who raced today earned placements in quarterfinals and will race again on Friday, August 4. Start lists and times will be determined following tomorrow’s repechages.

Starting off the morning was the U.S. men’s double sculls of Gregory Cain (Denver, Colo.) and Thomas Satterthwaite (Providence, R.I.). Holding a consistent fourth place over the 2,000-meter course in their heat, Cain and Satterthwaite crossed the line in a time of 6:51.81, securing a spot in the quarterfinals.

Also progressing to quarterfinals was the U.S. women’s double sculls crew of Jenna Hardman (Seattle, Wash.) and Sarah Brunsberg (London, England). Fighting their way from sixth place, the women crossed the line in third place with a time of 7:18.91, just 0.01 seconds ahead of Austria.

The fourth and final U.S. crew to advance to the quarterfinals today was U.S. women’s single sculler Claire Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.), who finished third in her heat. South Africa won the race, with Germany in second. Campbell finished nearly six seconds ahead of Lithuania in a time of 8:05.99.

Racing for the United States will continue Thursday at 2:36 a.m. EST, with heats in the women’s four, men’s four with coxswain, women’s and men’s pair, men’s four, women’s and men’s quadruple sculls, and the women’s and men’s eights.

Live audio commentary and live race tracker will be available for all races on www.worldrowing.com. There will not be video streaming available for this event.

Complete press coverage, athlete bios and links to event information can be found at www.usrowing.org and www.worldrowing.com. Follow along with the U.S. Under 19 National Team using hashtags #WRJChamps and #TrekToTrakai.

Click here to view the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships Press Kit.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Schedule

  • 2:36 a.m. – Women’s Four – Top two to semifinal
  • 2:54 a.m. – Men’s Four with Coxswain – Top two to final
  • 3:15 a.m. – Women’s Pair – Top three to semifinal
  • 3:27 a.m. – Men’s Pair – First place to semifinal
  • 3:54 a.m. – Men’s Four – First place to semifinal
  • 4:24 a.m. – Women’s Quadruple Sculls – Top three to semifinal
  • 4:42 a.m. – Men’s Quadruple Sculls – Top two to semifinal
  • 5:00 a.m. – Women’s Eight – Top two to final
  • 5:06 a.m. – Men’s Eight – Top two to final

 

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