Three U.S. Boats Advance to Finals on Friday at 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships

Three U.S. crews – the men’s eight, women’s four and women’s four with coxswain – advanced to the finals on Friday at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

The U.S. men’s eight of coxswain ​Audrey Gates​ (Orinda, Calif.), ​Harrison Schofield​ (Sarasota, Fla.), Greg Le Meur​ (San Francisco, Calif.), ​John Mark Ozaeta​ (Moraga, Calif.), ​Ian Burnett​ (Arlington, Mass.), James Patton ​(Houston, Texas), ​Travis Keating​ (Placerville, Calif.), ​Savas Koutsouras​ (Culver, Ind.) and Jacob Hudgins (Andover, Mass) won its repechage on Friday to earn a spot in Sunday’s final. The crew used a quick start to establish a two-second lead in the first 500 meters and extended its advantage to almost four seconds at the midway point of the race. The U.S. boat continued to increase its lead over the third 500 before cruising to a 3.92-second victory. The Americans crossed the line in a 5:45.22, with Poland finishing second in a 5:49.14. Hungary and China also advanced to the final. The four crews will join the heat winners from Germany and Great Britain in the final.

“We were just trying to get over some nerves that we had yesterday and just get out there and race a hard race,” Ozaeta said. “Obviously, it’s super competitive here. Every country is coming out and putting everything on the water, and we’re just trying to do our best to stay with everybody and push off as much as we can.”

The U.S. women’s four of ​Julia Abbruzzese​ (Ridgefield, Conn.), ​Julia Braz (Sarasota, Fla.)​, Isabella Batistoni​ (Issaquah, Wash.) and ​Katherine Kelly​ (Vashon Island, Wash.) finished second in its repechage to earn a spot in Sunday’s final. While Romania led the race from start to finish, the U.S. and Great Britain battled it out for the second qualification spot. Great Britain held second through the first 500 meters before the U.S. inched ahead as the crews crossed the 1,000-meter mark. The American boat slowly increased its advantage over the third quarter of the race before pulling away in the final strokes. Romania clocked a 6:53.47, with the U.S. finishing in a 6:59.20. The two crews will race Italy, New Zealand, China and Germany in the final.

In the women’s four with coxswain, the U.S. crew of coxswain ​Carina Baxter​ (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Lindsey Rust​ (Roslyn, N.Y.), ​Morgan Linsley​ (Princeton, N.J.), ​Alena Criss​ (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Aidan Wrenn-Walz​ (Arlington, Va.) advanced to Sunday’s final off of a third-place finish in the repechage. With four to advance, Germany took the early lead on the field with the U.S. boat sitting in second position 500 meters into the race, just ahead of France. The French crew took a slight advantage on the U.S. for second as the crews crossed the midway point, and the two crews continued to jockey for position through the 1,500-meter mark. At the line, Germany won with a time of 7:03.99. France finished second in a 7:05.98, with the U.S. crossing in third in a 7:08.50. Australia claimed the last spot in the final. The four crews will race heat winners Italy and China in the final.

“Yesterday, we kind of dipped our toes in the water internationally. It was the first race for all of us,” Wrenn-Walz said. “Today, I think we’re finding out what we need to do going into the final. I think we’re really pumped for it.”

“It’s nice now that we’ve raced all of the boats that we can kind of put together a plan for the final, so we’re super excited,” Rust said.

In the women’s eight race for lanes, the U.S. crew of coxswain Hannah Diaz (Seattle, Wash./Holy Names Academy), Mia Levy (Des Moines, Iowa/Phillips Academy Andover), Julietta Camahort (San Francisco, Calif./Marin Rowing Association), Gabrielle Graves (Vashon, Wash./Burton Beach Rowing Club), Samantha Henriksen (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Rowing Foundation), Violet Barletta (Weston, Mass./St. Paul’s School), Lettice Cabot (Cambridge, Mass./The Winsor School), Megan Lee (Natick, Mass./Newton Country Day School Crew) and Greta Filor (Rye, N.Y./RowAmerica Rye) finished second, just behind the boat from Italy. After getting off the line in third, the U.S. sat just off of Italy’s pace the rest of the way down the course. Italy finished with a time of 6:21.99, with the American boat crossing the line in a 6:22.63. Germany finished third in a 6:23.26. The five crews will race again on Sunday in the final.

The men’s four with coxswain crew of coxswain Elizabeth Romero​ (Pleasant Hill, Calif.), ​Michael Fairley​ (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Chase Haskell​ (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), Pablo Matan​ (San Jose, Calif.) and Jackson Stone (West Newton, Mass.) finished fourth in its repechage and will race in Saturday’s B final for places 7-9. The crew got off to a strong start, leading the field 500 meters into the race. The U.S. boat dropped to fourth at the midway point but was still within contact of the race leaders. In the back half of the race, however, Australia and South Africa rowed away from the field to secure the two qualifying spots. At the line, South Africa crossed first in a 6:21.85, with Australia less than a second behind in a 6:22.52. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:29.40. Tomorrow, the U.S. will take on crews from Russia and Canada.

The women’s pair of Heidi Jacobson​ (Greenwich, Conn.) and Kylie Oakes​ (Vero Beach, Fla.) finished fourth in its repechage and will now compete in Saturday’s B final for places 7-12. With two to advance, China and Italy grabbed control of the qualification spots in the first 500 meters and rowed away from the rest of the field. China won the race in a 7:23.41, with Italy finishing second. The U.S. crossed in a 7:44.97 and will take on Lithuania, Great Britain, Denmark, Hong Kong, and Thailand in the B final.

In the C/D semifinals of the men’s double sculls, Gil Dexter (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Rowing Association) and Peter Lawry (Alplaus, N.Y./ Saratoga Rowing Association) earned a spot in tomorrow’s C final with a third-place finish behind China and Austria. The Austrian crew led through the 1,000-meter mark before China made its move. At the line, China crossed in a 6:42.35, with Austria finishing in a 6:45.99. The U.S. clocked a 6:47.43 and will now race Greece, China, Austria, Lithuania and Thailand for places 13-18.

The U.S. will have five crews racing in semifinals on Saturday, with the top three finishers from each semifinal earning a spot in Sunday’s final.

Katelin Gildersleeve (Dallas, Texas/Oklahoma City High Performance Center) won her heat of the women’s single sculls to advance to the semifinals. Gildersleeve will take on scullers from Russia, Hungary, Mexico, China and Ukraine in the second of two semifinals. Russia is the other heat winner in the second semifinal.

In the men’s single sculls, Nicholas Aronow (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Oak Neck Academy) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals off of a second-place finish in his heat. Aronow will take on scullers from Italy, Belarus, Switzerland, Germany and Chinese Taipei. Italy and Belarus won their heats to advance to the semifinals, with Belarus’ Ivan Brynza clocking the fastest time of the heats.

In the men’s pair, Adam Campain (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Huron High School) and David Edington (Portland, Ore./Rose City Rowing Club) advanced to the semifinals thanks to a third-place finish in their heat. The crew will take on Italy, Germany, Denmark, Croatia and Greece in the second of two semifinals. Italy won its heat on Wednesday.

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) reached the semifinals thanks to a third-place finish in their repechage. The crew will take on the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and France in the first of two semifinals. The Czech and Swiss boats both won their heats on Wednesday.

In the women’s double sculls, Taylor English (La Claire, Ill./Y Quad Cities Rowing) and Delaney Evans (Bettendorf, Iowa/Y Quad Cities Rowing) qualified for the semifinals with a second-place finish in their repechage. English and Evans will take on crews from China, Great Britain, Greece, Germany and South Africa in the first of two semifinals. Great Britain and China won their heats and enter the race as the top seeds.

In addition to the men’s four with coxswain, women’s pair and men’s double sculls, the men’s quadruple sculls crew also will race in the placement finals on Saturday. The boat 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) finished fourth in its repechage to move on to the C final. The crew will take on France, Japan, Austria and India for places 13-17.

Racing concludes on Sunday with the medal races, along with the remaining B finals.

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.

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.

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