Finals Set for 2019 Youth National Championships
By USRowing Staff • June 8, 2019
Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.– The finals are now set for the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships, following Saturday’s semifinal racing, which began promptly at 7:00 a.m.
One of those early races featured the Los Gatos men’s pair made up of Pablo Matan and Je-Woo Im.
“It wasn’t really like the other races we’ve had,” said Matan. “Dublin caught up on us early. We knew we had to trust our base speed through the middle thousand. In the last 500 and 750, we really were able to pull away by just sticking to base speed and putting on a sprint at the end.”
The crew raced in the first semifinal of the men’s pair alongside their teammates Jack Waiss and Dominic Richiuso, who finished in second place.
“We’ve been talking a lot of trash during practice, some back and forth between the two boats, so it’s pretty comfortable to have that boat right there next to us,” Matan said.
Both Los Gatos crews earned spots in the A final Sunday morning.
“We’re obviously both very glad that we both made A finals,” said Im.
After leading through time-trials and winning their semifinal race, the pair knows there is a big opportunity ahead of them.
“Tomorrow is going to be like today, sticking to know what we do best [and sustaining our] base speed through the thousand,” said Matan. “We know its a super realistic goal to shoot for top-three, but obviously we’re going for a top spot. That’s really what I want.”
Rounding out the progressing crews was Dublin Crew, which narrowly edged out Camp Randall by 0.009 seconds to gain the final spot in the national championship race.
In the second semifinal for the women’s lightweight four, four different boats finished within 0.80 seconds in a photo-finish. Merion Mercy Academy came in first with a time of 7:23.420. Right behind that crew was Holy Names with a time of 7:23.560, which placed ahead of Seattle and Saugatuck by 0.464 and 0.668, respectively. Merion Mercy Academy, Holy Names, and Seattle will advance to the A final.
Seattle just missed out in qualifying for the women’s quadruple scull A final, finishing in fourth place, just 0.102 seconds behind the boat from RowAmerica Rye, which grabbed the last spot in the A finals with a third-place finish.
The men’s eight first semifinal race also came down to a photo-finish with Community Rowing Inc. finishing second with a time of 5:54.059, followed by Greenwich Crew in 5:54.107. Falling to the B final was New Trier, which was just 0.284 seconds out of third place. The first-place finisher in that semifinal was Capital Crew, which clocked a 5.52:459.
Fans were entertained by a close finish in the C final of the men’s double, in which Julian Kuzdovich and Brad Stimson from Berkeley High narrowly edged out Brun Zulfikarpasic and Agustus Nordmeyer from Camp Randall. The crews crossed the line in 6:54.352 and 6:54.548, respectively.
A full list of today’s results as well tomorrow’s schedule of racing can be found on HereNow.com.
Due to a weather-related schedule change, racing will resume tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m., consisting of A finals first in the morning, followed by B finals for places 7 through 12 overall following the completion of A finals.
An Olympic Day celebration will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.* on Sunday at which Olympians will be at the USRowing membership tent to sign autographs and take photos. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894, Olympic Day’s mission is to promote fitness, well being, culture and education, while celebrating the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. From May 31-June 30, communities across the United States will celebrate Olympic Day 2019 through educational programming and other activities.
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