Finals Set for Sunday at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships

TRAKAI, Lithuania — At the conclusion of Saturday’s semifinals at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships, five U.S. crews are set to race for medals in Sunday’s A finals. The women’s four, women’s quadruple sculls and men’s single sculls crews join the men’s eight and men’s four with coxswain that qualified for the A final in preliminary heats earlier this week.

In the women’s four, Kelsey McGinley (Westport, Conn.), Riley Lynch (Vashon, Wash.), Kaitlyn Kynast (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Rose Carr (Newark, Del.) sped off the line, leading the field for the first 1,500 meters. In the final sprint, China edged ahead, winning in a time of 6:52.46. The U.S. crossed second, qualifying for the A final in a 6:53.32, with New Zealand third in 7:00.02.

The U.S. faces New Zealand, Croatia, China, Romania and Poland on Sunday in the first A final of the championships at 4:00 a.m. EST.

The U.S. women’s quadruple sculls crew of Anna Matthes (Cambridge, Mass.), Caroline Sharis (Bettendorf, Iowa), Taylor English (La Claire, Iowa) and Kate Miles (Oakland, Calif.) placed second in its heat Thursday en route to the semifinal. In today’s race, the U.S. built up speed gradually over the 2,000-meter course, overtaking Russia, Czech Republic and Italy to grab the third-place qualification spot, crossing the line in 6:54.75.

The quad will challenge New Zealand, Switzerland, Romania, Germany and Great Britain for the podium on Sunday at 5:10 a.m. EST.

Sculling sensation Clark Dean (Sarasota, Fla.) won his fourth-consecutive race today in the semifinal of the men’s single sculls, solidifying his spot in the finals for both the single and the men’s four with coxswain. The 17-year-old U.S. sculler took the lead from the start and crossed more than three seconds ahead, posting a time of 7:13.87. Denmark finished second in 7:16.27, with Belarus third in 7:17.47.

Single scullers from Germany, South Africa and Turkey finished top three in the second semifinal, and will join the U.S., Denmark and Belarus in the Sunday’s final, scheduled for 6:30 a.m. EST.

Prior to his final in the single, Dean will join coxswain Ryan Williams (Wakefield, Mass.), Oliver Babb (Atlanta, Ga.), Clay Watson (Palo Alto, Calif.), and Peter Chatain (Winnetka, Ill.) in the men’s four with coxswain final against Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and South Africa at 4:10 a.m. EST. The U.S. won bronze in the event at the 2016 World Rowing Junior Championships.

Wrapping up finals on Sunday will be the U.S. men’s eight of coxswain Sydney Edwards (Sarasota, Fla.), Trey Holterman (Hillsborough, Calif.), Chase Barrows (Everett, Wash.), Nolan Parks (Seattle, Wash.), Harrison Burke (Westport, Conn.), Spencer Brennessel (San Francisco, Calif.), Nikita Lilichenko (Orinda, Calif.), Christian Tabash (Vienna, Va.) and Spencer Dettlinger (Alamo, Calif.), whose second-place finish in the heat put them in contention for medals. The U.S. won silver in the event at last year’s championships, and will race defending world champion Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain and Russia at 7:00 a.m. EST.

B Finals

Four crews will represent the U.S. in the B finals on Sunday t0 for places 7-12 overall.

In the U.S. women’s pair, Kate Burns (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Kaitlin Knifton (Austin, Texas) raced to a sixth-place finish in their semifinal, finishing in a time of 7:51.22. Romania, Italy and China earned qualification to the A final. Burns and Knifton will race at 2:42 a.m. EST, against New Zealand, South Africa, Belarus, Great Britain and Slovenia.

The U.S. men’s pair of Daniel Stoddard (West Windsor, N.J.) and Andrew Hickey (Yardley, Pa.) qualified for the semifinals by way of yesterday’s repechages. The U.S. fell short of qualifying for the A final, finishing sixth in a time of 7:14.52. Stoddard and Hickey will race at 2:48 a.m. EST, against Germany, Spain, Argentina, Italy and Austria.

After advancing to the semifinals from repechages, the U.S. men’s quadruple sculls crew of Emory Sammons (Fort Plain, N.Y.), James Wright (Philadelphia, Pa.), Liam Galloway (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Gus Rodriguez (Rye, N.Y.) held sixth place throughout the race, crossing the line in 6:13.23. They face Estonia, New Zealand, Australia, Poland and Czech Republic at 3:06 a.m. EST.

The U.S. women’s eight crew of coxswain 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.) faces Austria and Belarus at 3:27 a.m. EST.

C and D Finals

The U.S. men’s four, men’s and women’s double sculls and women’s single sculls crews each raced twice Saturday to cap of their 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships campaign.

U.S. women’s single sculler Claire Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) won her C/D semifinal and continued to dominate in the C final, crossing three seconds ahead of Lithuania for the win, claiming 13th place overall.

The U.S. men’s four of Evan Krum (Orange, Calif.), Harrison Schofield (Sarasota, Fla.), David Slear (Dallas, Texas) and Leif Carlson (Larkspur, Calif.) finished second in the morning C/D semifinal and fourth in the C final, for 16th place overall.

The U.S. women’s double sculls crew of Jenna Hardman (Seattle, Wash.) and Sarah Brunsberg (London, England) finished second in the morning C/D semifinal and fifth in the C final, for 17th place overall.

After finishing fourth in its C/D semifinal, the U.S. men’s double sculls duo of Gregory Cain (Denver, Colo.) and Thomas Satterthwaite (Providence, R.I.) finished fifth in the D final for 23rd place overall.

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.

Sunday Race Schedule (All Times EST)

  • 2:42 a.m. – Women’s Pair – B Final
  • 2:48 a.m. – Men’s Pair – B Final
  • 3:06 a.m. – Men’s Quadruple Sculls – B Final
  • 3:27 a.m. – Women’s Eight – B Final
  • 4:00 a.m. – Women’s Four – A Final*
  • 4:10 a.m. – Men’s Four with Coxswain – A Final*
  • 5:10 a.m. – Women’s Quadruple Sculls – A Final*
  • 6:30 a.m. – Men’s Single Sculls – A Final*
  • 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Eight – A Final*

*Indicates medal race.

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