Women’s Double Advances on Windy Day at World Rowing Cup III

Strong cross to cross-head wind conditions forced racing to go to a time trial format on Friday at World Rowing Cup III in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The women’s double sculls crew of Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.) used a fast final 500 meters to move into second place in their heat, advancing directly to Sunday’s final. Racing the time trial format, Tomek and O’Leary sat in fourth in their heat at the 1,000-meter mark before moving into second over the back half of the race. The Czech Republic won the heat in a 7:31.57, with the U.S. finishing in a 7:33.46, just 0.3 seconds ahead of Germany. Romania and Australia advanced out of the first heat.

The men’s eight of coxswain Woods Connell (Bethesda, Md.), Andrew Gaard (Madison, Wis.), Andrew Knoll (Greenback, Tenn.), Sam Halbert (Redmond, Wash.), Alex Miklasevich (Pittsburgh, Pa.), William Creedon (Denver, Colo.), Chris Carlson (Bedford, N.H.), Justin Best (Kennett Square Pa.) and Madison Molitor (Moses Lake, Wash.) finished fourth in its heat and will race in the repechages on Saturday. Great Britain took the top spot, advancing directly to the final with a time of 5:44.45. The U.S. crossed in a 5:56.12.

Racing in the second heat of the women’s quadruple sculls, the crew of Maureen McAuliffe (Olney, Md.), Kristina Wagner (Weston, Mass.), Heidi Robbins (Hanover, N.H.) and Lily Keane (Buffalo, N.Y.) suffered a crab just after the 1,000-meter mark and had to row the back half of the race with just three rowers, also finishing fourth. The boat now will row in the repechage tomorrow for a second chance to reach the final. Poland won the race in a 6:53.85, with Australia crossing in a 6:58.00.

Racing continues through Sunday. In total, 304 boats from 42 countries are scheduled to race at World Rowing Cup III. The World Rowing Cup series was launched in 1997 and consists of a series of three events, with the overall World Rowing Cup winners being determined after the third event in Rotterdam.

Live audio commentary and the live race tracker will be available for ALL races on www.worldrowing.com.

NBC Sports will have live streaming coverage of the finals of World Rowing Cup III on the OlymicChannel.com at 4:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. Tape-delayed broadcasts will be shown on the Olympic Channel at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday and on NBCSN at 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15.

Live streaming will not be available on worldrowing.com 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.


Photos courtesy of Merijn Soeters Fotografie

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