Men’s Crews Advance on Friday at World Rowing Junior Championships
By Genevieve Carrillo • August 4, 2017
TRAKAI, Lithuania — The U.S. junior men took Lithuania by storm today, as the men’s single sculls, pair and quadruple sculls crews earned spots in Saturday semifinals at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships.
Clark Dean (Sarasota, Fla.) won his quarterfinal, while the U.S. men’s pair and quad finished second and third in their repechages, respectively. Today’s performances put a total of eight U.S. crews in contention for medals, including the men’s eight and four with coxswain that qualified for the A finals on Thursday.
In the men’s single sculls, Dean continued to command attention on the water today. Taking the lead after the first 500 meters, Dean was able to maintain his position in the first of four quarterfinals, crossing the line in a time of 7:07.48. Norway finished second in 7:10.89, followed by Uzbekistan in 7:14.44.
Dean will race in Saturday’s semifinal at 5:47 a.m. EST, against Uzbekistan, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland and Belarus, with the top three advancing to the A final.
After finishing third in its heat on Thursday, the U.S. men’s pair of Daniel Stoddard (West Windsor, N.J.) and Andrew Hickey (Yardley, Pa.) returned to finish second behind Argentina in the final repechage. The crew was in third position after 1,500 meters before making a push into qualifying position. Argentina led throughout, finishing in a time of 6:54.94, with the U.S. following in 6:55.57.
“The race itself was a battle from start to finish. Argentina and South Africa were right there with us all the way down the course,” said Hickey. “We managed to find the last push in the sprint to progress, but it was definitely one of the closest races I’ve ever been in.”
On top of battling other crews, Stoddard and Hickey were shaken when the unexpected happened during the warm-up: a collision with an official launch, which resulted in a damaged oar and rigger. The U.S. crew was able to return to the dock for a replacement oar, but raced with a bent backstay on the rigger.
“It was pretty scary as it was happening, but the whole experience gave us a little bit of encouragement going into the semifinal, because we know that we still haven’t raced to our full potential,” said Hickey. “We’re excited to see what will happen in the semifinal, where we’ll hopefully be at full capacity, both in terms of physical health and equipment.”
Stoddard and Hickey will race in the semifinals Saturday at 4:19 a.m. EST, against Romania, New Zealand, Uzbekistan, Spain and Italy.
In the U.S. men’s quadruple sculls, the crew of Emory Sammons (Fort Plain, N.Y.), James Wright (Philadelphia, Pa.), Liam Galloway (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Gus Rodriguez (Rye, N.Y.) finished third in the second of two repechages. With Poland leading, four crews were in close contention for the remaining two qualifying positions. Estonia sprinted to second place, crossing in 6:06.86, while the U.S. held off Russia for third, crossing in 6:09.20.
“We are all super excited,” said Galloway. “The constant threat of elimination hung over us, and that’s a pretty scary thing when our only goal is to medal. Heading into the semifinals, we have that same nervous feeling again, but we know that we can just use it as fuel like we did in the reps. We are looking forward to some good racing tomorrow.”
The U.S. quad will race in the semifinal at 5:10 a.m. EST, against Poland, Great Britain, Germany, Greece and Czech Republic.
Five U.S. crews did not qualify in the repechages and quarterfinals, and will now race in the C/D semifinals on Saturday.
In the U.S. men’s four, Spencer Dettlinger (Alamo, Calif.) of the men’s eight replaced David Slear (Dallas, Texas), joining Evan Krum (Orange, Calif.) Leif Carlson (Larkspur, Calif.) and Harrison Schofield (Sarasota, Fla.) to race in the repechage. The U.S. finished third, missing a spot in the semifinals by 5.03 seconds. With Chile and Canada holding first and second all the way down the course, the U.S. finished in 6:25.07. The U.S. will now race in a C/D semifinal at 2:42 a.m. EST, against Lithuania, France, Spain and India.
The U.S. duo of Gregory Cain (Denver, Colo.) and Thomas Satterthwaite (Providence, R.I.) finished fifth in the second quarterfinal of the men’s double sculls. Cain and Satterthwaite raced in sixth for the majority of the course, but pulled through Uzbekistan in the final 500 meters to post a time of 6:54.52. Belarus, Italy and France advanced to the semifinals. The U.S. will now race in tomorrow’s C/D semifinal at 4:54 a.m EST, against Latvia, Ukraine, Austria, Lithuania and Bulgaria.
The women’s double sculls of Jenna Hardman (Seattle, Wash.) and Sarah Brunsberg (London, England) also finished fifth in its quarterfinal. The crew held the fifth place position the entire way down the course, crossing in 7:34.91. Italy won in a 7:20.04, followed by Greece and Ukraine. Hardman and Brunsberg will now race in the C/D semifinal tomorrow at 5:09 a.m. EST, against China, Sweden, Australia, Austria and Norway.
The U.S. women’s eight was unable to qualify out of the repechages and will now race in Sunday’s B final. The crew of Aparajita Chauhan (Seattle, Wash.), Julia Braz (Sarasota, Fla.), Azja Czajkowski (Chula Vista, Calif.), Katryna Niva (Davis, Calif.), Fran Raggi (Winter Park, Fla.), Christiana Congdon (Concord, N.H.), Teal Cohen (Dallas, Texas), Jenna Van De Grift (San Diego, Calif.) and Miranda Nykolyn (Huntington, N.Y.) held the lead off of the start, but was challenged by Russia going into the 1,000-meter mark. Italy sprinted past the U.S. in the final stretch to claim the second qualifying position in a 6:27.88. The U.S. posted a 6:31.02. Russia won the repechage with a time of 6:26.34.
In the first quarterfinal of the women’s single sculls, Claire Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) just missed qualification to semifinals. With top three to qualify, Campbell put pressure on the third-place sculler from Mexico, but slipped into fourth at the 1,500-meter mark, crossing the line in 8:09.59. Spain won the quarterfinal in 7:54.36, followed by The Netherlands in 8:00.92 and Mexico in 8:01.99. Campbell will take on Latvia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Italy and Uzbekistan in the C/D semifinal at 5:33 a.m. EST.
Racing continues Saturday, August 5, with the U.S. women’s four, men’s and women’s pairs, men’s and women’s quadruple sculls and men’s single sculls all racing for a shot at Sunday’s A finals.
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U.S. Racing Schedule for Saturday, August 5 (All times EST)
- 2:48 a.m. – Men’s four – Semifinal C/D
- 2:54 a.m. – Men’s double sculls – Semifinal C/D
- 3:09 a.m. – Women’s double sculls – Semifinal C/D
- 3:33 a.m. – Women’s single sculls – Semifinal C/D
- 3:58 a.m. – Women’s four – Semifinal A/B
- 4:12 a.m. – Women’s pair – Semifinal A/B
- 4:19 a.m. – Men’s pair – Semifinal A/B
- 4:56 a.m. – Women’s quadruple sculls – Semifinal A/B
- 5:10 a.m. – Men’s quadruple sculls – Semifinal A/B
- 5:47 a.m. – Men’s single sculls – Semifinal A/B
- 9:09 a.m. – D finals begin
- 9:48 a.m. – C finals begin