Three Additional U.S. Crews Advance to Sunday’s Finals at World Rowing Cup I

Saturday morning in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, five U.S. crews raced the repechage for a second chance at competing in Sunday’s finals of World Rowing Cup I. Two of the U.S. entries in the women’s four and an entry in the women’s pair advanced from today’s racing for a shot at the medal podium tomorrow. In total, five U.S. crews are set to race in Sunday’s finals.

In the repechage of the women’s four, the two U.S. crews jockeyed positions within the field throughout the race, making sure they would finish in the top four to secure a spot in the final. With China leading the race start to finish, the crew of Olivia Coffey (Watkins Glen, N.Y.), Emily Huelskamp (Sainte Genevieve, Mo.), Madeleine Wanamaker (Neenah, Wis.) and Erin Reelick (Brookfield, Conn.) got off the line in third position, sitting behind a second Chinese boat. By the time the first half of the race had concluded, the women had overtaken the second Chinese boat and would go on to hold their position, crossing the line in 6:41.59, behind the winning time of 6:35.49.

The second U.S. crew of Molly Bruggeman (Dayton, Ohio), Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.), Brooke Mooney (Peru, Vt.) and Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.) came through the first 500-meter mark in fifth position and would fight their way up to fourth by the 1,000-meter mark. In the second half of the race, the women pushed into third, where they would cross the line in 6:43.45, also earning a spot in tomorrow’s final.

The two U.S. fours will race in tomorrow’s final for a shot at the medal podium. They will be joined by the third U.S. entry in the event, comprised of Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio), Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.), Gia Doonan (Rochester, Mass.) and Kristine O’Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), who qualified directly for the final by winning their heat on Friday. Additionally, they will be joined by two Chinese crews and a crew from The Netherlands. The race it set to take place tomorrow, Sunday May 12, at 4:58 a.m. EDT.

For the repechages of the women’s pair, a top two finish in either race would secure a spot in Sunday’s final. In the first of two repechages, the duo of Regan and Mueller raced off the line to second position. Holding second behind China, who led throughout the entire race, Regan and Mueller crossed the line in 7:14.07, behind China’s 7:12.34. They were followed by Mooney and Musnicki who sat in third position for the entirety of the race, crossing the line in a time of 7:16.89.

Regan and Mueller will race in tomorrow’s final, joining Wanamaker and Reelick, who qualified directly on Friday by winning their heat. The final is set to go off Sunday, May 12, at 3:35 a.m. EDT. The two U.S. crews will line up against two crews from China, one from Spain and one from The Netherlands.

Mooney and Musnicki are set to race in tomorrow’s B final, for places 7 through 12 overall at 3:10 a.m. EDT. They will be joined by Huelskamp and Coffey, who finished third in the second repechage race in a time of 7:13.13. Getting off the line in fifth position, the two women made a big push in the second 500 meters of the race to move through Hungary and Romania, but could not catch the Spanish or the Dutch who finished in 7:07.31 and 7:07.71, respectively.

Racing will continue tomorrow, Sunday, May 12. The women’s pair B final is set to take place at 3:10 a.m. EDT, immediately followed by the final for the event at 3:35 a.m. EDT. The final for the women’s four is set to run at 4:58 a.m. EDT. In total, 157 boats from 24 countries are scheduled to race at the event.

All results of today’s racing can be found at World Rowing’s website.

Live audio commentary and the live race tracker will be available for ALL races on

NBC Sports will have live coverage of the finals of World Rowing Cup I in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, at 3:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 12. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition on The Olympic Channel cable network, via NBC Sports online at or through the NBC Sports app, which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

Live streaming will not be available on in the United States, but the VOD clips will be available 24 hours after the event.

World Rowing has partnered with NBC Sports Group for coverage of the World Rowing Cups, European Championships and World Rowing Championships through 2020.

Photo courtesy of Merijn Soeters Fotografie

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