Women’s Quad Advances to Final at World Rowing Cup III

The U.S. will have two crews in Sunday’s medal races at World Rowing Cup III after the women’s quadruple sculls crew advanced to the finals during Saturday’s racing in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Racing in the repechage, the crew of Maureen McAuliffe (Olney, Md.), Kristina Wagner (Weston, Mass.), Heidi Robbins (Hanover, N.H.) and Lily Keane (Buffalo, N.Y.) came back to qualify for the final of the quad, finishing fourth in the second-chance race. The Netherlands took the early lead in the repechage before Australia moved into the top spot during the second quarter of the race. The Australians continued to pull away from the rest of the field over the final 1,000 meters, clocking a 6:45.94. Great Britain finished second, with the Dutch crew crossing the line in third position. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:56.65, finishing just ahead of France for the last qualifying spot. The top four crews will join heat winners Germany and Poland in Sunday’s final.

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.) just missed a spot in Sunday’s final, finishing fifth in its repechage. The crew, which will be racing at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships later this month, tried to chase down The Netherlands in the final 500 meters but fell just short, missing a qualifying spot by 0.08 seconds. Australia led for the first half of the race before New Zealand moved into the top position just after the 1,000-meter mark, pulling away for the victory. New Zealand crossed the line in a 5:42.56, with Romania taking second ahead of Australia. The U.S. finished in a 5:46.33, just behind the Dutch boat, and now will race Russia in tomorrow’s B final for places 7-8.

In addition to the women’s quad, the women’s double sculls crew of Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.) will race for a medal on Sunday after advancing to the final off of a second-place finish in yesterday’s heat. Tomek and O’Leary will race crews from the Czech Republic, Romania, Australia, Canada and Germany.

In total, 304 boats from 42 countries are racing 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. ET 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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