Seven U.S. Crews Begin Racing Wednesday at 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo

The United States will have seven boats competing in heats on Wednesday, as racing gets underway at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan, site of the 2020 Olympic Games.

The regatta, which has a total of 14 different boat classes being contested, will open with heats in the men’s pair, women’s quadruple sculls, men’s quadruple sculls, men’s double sculls, women’s double sculls, men’s single sculls, and women’s single sculls on Wednesday. The U.S. has entries in all 14 events.

In the men’s pair, Adam Campain (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Huron High School) and David Edington (Portland, Ore./Rose City Rowing Club) are both making their international racing debuts in Tokyo. Last year, Romania, Germany and Croatia won the medals, with the U.S. finishing 17th. Racing in the first of three heats on Wednesday, Campain and Edington will take on crews from Romania, Germany, Greece, and South Africa. The Romanian crew returns one rower from last year’s gold medal-winning boat, while Germany’s lineup is new. The top three finishers in the heats will advance to the semifinals, with the remaining crews heading to the repechage.

The women’s quadruple sculls crew of Hailey Mead (Orinda, Calif./Redwood Scullers), Graciella Leon (West Palm Beach, Fla./Miami International RowHouse), Brenna Morley (Bettendorf, Iowa/Y Quad Cities) and Audrey Lyda (Pittsburgh, Pa./Three Rivers Rowing Association) will take on Italy, Japan, China and the Czech Republic in the second of three heats. Last year, Switzerland, Germany, and The Netherlands won the medals, with the U.S. finishing 10th. All four U.S. athletes are competing in their first junior world championships. The top three finishers in tomorrow’s heat will advance directly to the semifinals.

The men’s quadruple sculls crew of Austin Lai (Oakland, Calif./Oakland Athletic Rowing Society), Malakai Leon (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Crew), August Altucher (Portland, Ore./Oregon Rowing Unlimited) and Theory Millar (Topanga, Calif./California Yacht Club) also is made up national team rookies. The boat recently won the 2019 CanAmMex Regatta in Sarasota and is looking to build off of that performance in Tokyo. On Wednesday, the U.S. will face China, New Zealand, Japan, India and Romania in the first of three heats, with the top two finishers advancing to the semifinals. Last year, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, and Germany won the medals, with the U.S. finishing 10th.

In the men’s double sculls, Gil Dexter (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Rowing Association) and Peter Lawry (Alplaus, N.Y./ Saratoga Rowing Association) also will be making their international debuts. Last year, the U.S. finished 21st in the event, with Germany taking home the gold, followed by Greece and the Czech Republic. In tomorrow’s second of four heats, the U.S. will race against Russia, Norway, Austria, Latvia and Singapore, with only the winner advancing to the semifinals and the remaining crews heading to the repechages.

In the women’s double sculls, Taylor English (La Claire, Ill./Y Quad Cities Rowing) and Delaney Evans (Bettendorf, Iowa/Y Quad Cities Rowing) will face off against Denmark, South Africa, Norway and Belgium in the third of four heats, with the winner advancing to the semifinals. Evans raced in the women’s quadruple sculls at last year’s World Rowing Junior Championships, while English raced in the quadruple sculls at the 2017 championships. The duo won the event at the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships. China, Greece and New Zealand won the medals last year, with the U.S. finishing seventh.

In the men’s single sculls, Nicholas Aronow (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Oak Neck Academy) will be making his international debut in Tokyo. Aronow won the single sculls at the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships and the under 19 men’s single at the 2019 USRowing National Championships. Aronow will take on scullers from The Netherlands, Japan, Thailand and Kiribati in the third of four heats. The top two finishers will advance directly to the semifinals. Last year, Team USA’s Clark Dean won gold for the second consecutive year in the event, followed by Australia and Belarus.

In the women’s single sculls, Katelin Gildersleeve (Dallas, Texas/Oklahoma City High Performance Center) will take on scullers from Germany, Latvia, Canada and the Czech Republic in the fourth and final heat. The top two scullers will advance directly to the semifinals. Gildersleeve won the intermediate single and finished second in the elite/senior single at the 2019 USRowing National Championships. In 2018, Romania, Argentina and Italy won the medals, with the U.S. finishing 22nd.

Six additional U.S. boats will get their regatta started on Thursday morning. Thursday’s schedule also features repechages for Wednesday’s events. Friday’s racing includes the remaining repechages and C/D semifinals, as well as the race for lanes in the women’s eight. Saturday’s racing is highlighted by the semifinals and the start of placement finals. The medal races, along with the remaining B finals for places 7-12, will take place on Sunday.

More than 550 athletes from 50 countries are scheduled to race in Tokyo. This year’s U.S. roster includes 14 athletes returning from the 2018 team. Last year, the U.S. led the medal table with seven at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. The women’s four and men’s single sculls won gold, while the women’s pair, men’s four with coxswain, men’s eight and women’s eight won silver. The women’s four with coxswain brought home a bronze medal.

Complete press coverage, athlete bios and links to event information are available at USRowing’s 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships Coverage Page. Follow along with the U.S. Under 19 National Team as it prepares for the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships by using the hashtags #WRJChamps and #Tokyo2019.

Live video streaming will be available on the World Rowing website. The video streaming will start 10 minutes before the start of racing each day and will cover all races from Wednesday, August 7, through Sunday, August 11. From Wednesday to Saturday, the last 1,000 meters will be streamed. On Sunday, the full 2,000 meters will be streamed.

For the most up-to-date schedule and results, click here.


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