Dean Sets Junior World’s Best Time on Opening Day of Championships

Men’s single sculler Clark Dean set a new junior world’s best time in winning his heat on Wednesday, highlighting the first day of racing for the United States at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.

Dean (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew) opened up the defense of his world title with a seven-second victory over Italy’s Gennaro Di Mauro. Dean got off the line in first position and continued to build his advantage the entire way down the course, clocking a 6:52.20 to break the previous junior world’s best time by more than five seconds. Di Mauro finished second in a 6:59.25.

“Clark had a pretty good race, making sure to get his nerves under control,” said Coach Casey Galvanek. “His race was well executed against terrifically strong competition. Hopefully, he is able to have another zesty performance in the quarterfinals. He will certainly need it. The field of athletes looks to be stronger than last year. I hope his preparation got him ready for prime time.”

In 2017, Dean became the first U.S. men’s single sculler to win gold in the event in 50 years. With today’s victory, he advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals.

The men’s double sculls crew of Cooper Tuckerman (Bozeman, Mont./Vesper Boat Club) and Kristopher Fisher (Oak Ridge, Tenn./Vesper Boat Club) advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals thanks to a fourth-place finish in its heat. Tuckerman and Fisher got off the line in second position and held third place through the 1,500-meter mark before being overtaken by Japan. The Czech Republic won the race in a 6:31.72, followed by Belgium and Japan. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:42.72.

Cassandra Reed (Belmont, Mass./West Cambridge Rowing) finished fifth in her heat and will race in tomorrow’s repechage. Reed dropped off the pack in the first 500 meters. Defending world champion Ester Briz Zamorano from Spain won the race by three seconds over New Zealand’s Veronica Wall. Briz Zamorano clocked a 7:42.03. Reed finished in an 8:22.55 and will face scullers from the Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia and Georgia in tomorrow’s repechage.

Ten additional U.S. boats will get their regatta started on Thursday morning.

Seven crews will be racing in the inaugural running of the women’s four with coxswain. The U.S. 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) will take on the Czech Republic, Australia and Italy in the first of two heats. Knifton placed ninth in the pair last year, while Abbruzzese served as an alternate. Ricksen, Johnson and Amlicke are first-time national team members.

In the men’s four with coxswain, the crew 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 12 other crews. Last year, Italy, Switzerland and Germany won the medals, while the U.S. finished sixth. On Thursday, the Americans will take on Ukraine, South Africa and Italy in the second of three heats.

The women’s pair of Lucy Koven (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Crew) and Caitlin Esse (Fairfield, Conn./ Saugatuck Rowing Club) has been strong all summer, winning the national team trials in early July and following that up with victories in the under 19, intermediate and senior pair events at the USRowing Club National Championships later in the month. Koven and Esse are one of 14 crews entered in the event. Last year, Romania, Greece and Germany won the medals, with the U.S. finishing ninth. Greece returns half of its boat form last year, while Romania and Germany have new lineups. Tomorrow, Koven and Esse will take on boats from Great Britain, Canada and Ireland.

Jack Gallagher (Newtown, Pa./ Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer) and Gregoire Le Meur (San Francisco, Calif./Pacific Rowing Club) are part of a 24-boat field in the men’s pair. Both are making their first appearance at the World Rowing Junior Championships. Last year, Croatia, Romania and Turkey won the medals, with the U.S. finishing 11th overall. Croatia’s Patrik and Anton Loncaric are back to defend their world championship. Gallagher and Le Meur will get an immediate test as they will take on both Croatia and Romania, as well as South Africa, Germany, and Austria, in the third of four heats.

The U.S. crew 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.) is looking to improve on last year’s bronze-medal finish. The U.S. is part of a 15-boat field this year. McGinley is the veteran of the crew, having raced in the event at the last two World Rowing Junior Championships. Garrett, Braz and Hedeman are making their international debuts. Croatia and Romania finished ahead of the U.S. last year. On Thursday, the U.S. will race against Romania, The Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark in the third of three heats.

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) will race in a field of 17. All four rowers are making their international debuts. The U.S finished 16th in the event last year, with Great Britain, New Zealand and Romania winning the medals. In another challenging draw, the crew will take on Great Britain, New Zealand, Russia, and Denmark in the third of three heats.

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) will try to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish for the U.S. Romania, Germany and Switzerland won the medals in 2017. Competing in a field of 17, the U.S. will race against crews from Germany, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Peru, and Canada in the first of three heats.

In the men’s quadruple sculls, the U.S. crew of Nathan Phelps (Ridgefield, Conn.), Emory Sammons (Fort Plain, N.Y.), James Wright, (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Kristopher Schumann (Sarasota, Fla.) are racing in a field of 20 boats. Wright and Sammons return to the quad after winning the B final last year to place seventh overall. Schumann was an alternate on last year’s team, while Phelps is competing for the first time internationally. Switzerland, Great Britain and Italy won the medals in 2017. The Swiss and Italians will be racing a new lineup, while the British boat returns two scullers from the silver-medal crew. The U.S. will take on Denmark, Ukraine, Germany and Romania in the third of four heats.

Camille VanderMeer (Elmira, N.Y./ Narragansett Boat Club) and Sarah McErlean (Vevey, Switzerland/ Club Aviron Vevey) will represent the U.S. in the women’s double sculls against 21 other crews. Both are making their U.S. team debuts. Great Britain, Germany and Canada won the medals last year, with the U.S. finishing 17th overall. The duo will race against Great Britain, China, Ukraine and Belarus in the fourth and final heat.

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) is hoping to improve on last year’s silver-medal performance against a field of nine other boats. Burke returns to the men’s eight, while Schofield competed in the men’s four last year. National team newcomers fill out the boat. Germany won gold last year, with Great Britain taking the bronze. The U.S. will race Great Britain, Italy, Russia and France in the first of two heats.

Racing continues on Friday with the remaining repechages and quarterfinals, as well as the race for lanes in the women’s eight. Saturday’s racing is highlighted by the semifinals and the start of placement finals. The medal races, along with the B finals for places 7-12, will take place on Sunday.

More than 750 athletes from 57 countries are scheduled to race in Racice. The U.S. and Germany have the largest teams, both with a full squad of 14 crews, followed by Italy with 13 crews.

Complete press coverage, athlete bios and links to event information are available at www.usrowing.org and www.worldrowing.com. Follow along with the U.S. Under 19 National Team at the 2018 World Rowing Under 19 Championships by using the hashtags #WRJChamps and #WRJChamps18.

World Rowing’s live stream for Wednesday through Friday’s racing will available via Facebook Live. Saturday and Sunday’s racing will be streamed through www.worldrowing.com.

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