U.S. Concludes Racing at World Rowing Cup III

The U.S. finished its world cup racing schedule on Sunday with a pair of sixth-place finishes in the women’s double and quadruple sculls and a victory in the B final of the men’s eight at World Rowing Cup III in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Ellen Tomek (Flushing, Mich.) and Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.) finished sixth in the final of the women’s double sculls. Canada and the Czech Republic got off to blistering starts, taking almost three seconds on the closest boat during the first 500 meters. The two crews continued to lead through the halfway mark before Australia and Romania began to chase down the leaders. With 500 meters to go, Australia had moved into first place with Romania close behind, but the Romanian crew rowed through Australia in the final 500 meters to take the gold medal in a 7:58.39. Australia finished second, while Canada claimed the bronze medal. Tomek and O’Leary finished with a time of 8:18.15.

In the final 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.) also finished sixth. Germany grabbed the lead off the start, building a comfortable advantage on the rest of the field by the midway point of the race. Over the third quarter of the race, Poland closed the gap on the leading crew, but the Germans were able to respond and row to a three-second victory. Germany finished with a time of 6:46.64, with Poland taking the silver in a 6:49.59. Australia took the bronze medal. The U.S. finished with a time of 7:09.92.

After just missing a spot in the race for the medals, 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.) came back to win the B final to place seventh overall. The crew, which will represent the U.S. at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships later this month, led the entire way down the course, easily defeating Russia. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:01.70.

In total, 304 boats from 42 countries raced 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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