U.S. Eights Advance to Finals, Men’s Four Heads to Semifinals on Day Three at the 2019 World Rowing Championships
By USRowing Staff • August 27, 2019
The U.S. women’s and men’s eights advanced to the finals, while the men’s four moved on to the semifinals, on Tuesday at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.
The U.S. women’s eight of coxswain Katelin Guregian (Detroit, Mich.), Erin Reelick (Brookfield, Conn.), Gia Doonan (Rochester, Mass.), Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.), Olivia Coffey (Watkins Glen, N.Y.), Dana Moffat (Manlius, N.Y.), Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.), Kristine O’Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio) won its heat by more than two seconds to advance directly to Sunday’s final. The crew established an early advantage and continued to pull ahead over the first 1,000 meters, establishing a half-length lead on the Australian crew. As the boats moved passed the midway point, the U.S. made another push to take two more seats during the third 500 meters. Down the stretch, the Australians tried to cut the gap, but the U.S. responded and rowed to a three-quarter-length victory. At the line, the U.S. finished with a time of 6:07.04, with Australia coming home in a 6:09.42.
“It was a great race. It was our first time lining up together in this lineup, so it was fun to capitalize on an opportunity and see what we could do,” Musnicki said. “The focus is always the same. It’s the qualification year, so we have to come in top five to qualify the boat, and today was a great first step. We executed our race plan, we stayed internal, which is a common characteristic of U.S. women’s crews, so moving forward we are going to try to get a little bit better between here and the final and see what we can do on Sunday.”
The men’s eight of coxswain Julian Venonsky (Malvern, Pa.), Austin Hack (Old Lyme, Conn.), Ben Davison (Inverness, Fla.), Mike DiSanto (Boston, Mass.), Alexander Richards (Watertown, Mass.), Nick Mead (Strafford, Pa.), Conor Harrity (Weston, Mass.), Patrick Eble (Fort Washington, Pa.) and Alex Karwoski (Moultonborough, N.H.) held off The Netherlands for second place in the final sprint to earn an automatic berth in the finals. Great Britain took the early lead and held nearly a seven-seat advantage on the U.S. and Dutch crews as the boats went into the final 500 meters. At the midway point of the race, the U.S. held a couple of seats on The Netherlands, but the Dutch crew had closed the gap to about a half-canvas with 500 meters to go. The Dutch continued their sprint, trading second place with the Americans for a few strokes, before the U.S. popped its bowball ahead with about 250 meters to go. In the meantime, the crews had closed the gap on the British boat to less than a half-length. The Netherlands raised its rating again in an attempt to overtake the U.S., but the Americans held on to second by 0.34 seconds. Great Britain won the race in a 5:25.91, crossing a seat or two ahead of the U.S. in a 5:26.41. The Netherlands finished in a 5:26.73.
“That was the first race that we’ve done against other boats this whole summer, so we were just really excited to get out there, be next to somebody and be in the mix,” Venonsky said. “We just really went for it, had fun with it, and it was a good piece.
“We had the British a little closer. Obviously, the Dutch and the New Zealanders were pretty far on the other side of the course. We just rowed our race. I just had my eye on the Dutch the whole time, just knowing that we needed that top-two spot. It was a really hard piece. There were some really, really fast crews, but we’re excited.”
The men’s four of Clark Dean (Sarasota, Fla.), Andrew Reed (Wayland, Mass.), Tom Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.), and Tom Peszek (Farmington Hills, Mich.) won its repechage by just under one second, advancing to the semifinals. The U.S. crew took the lead in the first 500 meters, with Switzerland settling into second position. The American boat continued to hold about a one-second advantage the rest of the way down the course, with the Swiss boat sitting just off the pace. At the line, the U.S. finished in a time of 6:00.78, with Switzerland coming home in a 6:01.75 to claim the other spot in the semifinals. Belarus finished third, another two seconds back.
“I thought it was a good start, tried to push out, had a real efficient base,” Dethlefs said. “We tried to set it up for Clark to just do his thing and make sure that we won this piece.”
The American boat will now turn its focus towards the semifinals on Thursday. Peszek said they see each race as an opportunity to get faster.
“We’re a relatively young crew in terms of how long we’ve been together, so we see every race as a building opportunity — keep getting better, keep getting stronger, keep putting together a little better piece,” Peszek said. “We’re working hard, trying to get a little faster, and maybe have a little bit of fun doing so.”
In the women’s quadruple sculls, the U.S. crew of Kate Roach (North Oaks, Minn.), Emily Huelskamp (Sainte Genevieve, Mo.), Sophia Vitas (Franklin, Wis.) and Lauren Schmetterling (Moorestown, N.J.) finished fourth and now will race in the repechages. With only one to advance, Poland got off the line in first before The Netherlands took the lead just after the 500-meter mark. The Dutch boat continued to increase its advantage on Poland over the middle 1,000-meters before the Polish crew made a strong push to try to close the gap. At the line, The Netherlands held on for a 0.79-second victory in a 6:17.96. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:21.72.
The men’s quadruple sculls crew of Gregory Ansolabehere (Bakersfield, Calif.), Tristan Amberger (Towson, Md.), Michael Knippen (Germantown, Wis.) and John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished fourth in its repechage, narrowly missing a spot in the A/B semifinals. The crew now will race in the C final for places 13-18. With three to advance, the U.S. sat in fourth position as the crews moved into the final 500 meters but could not track down Ukraine for the last qualifying spot. New Zealand took the early lead before Great Britain moved into the top position during the second quarter of the race. The British boat continued to pull ahead of New Zealand, as the Kiwis inched away from the Ukranian boat. The U.S. chipped away at Ukraine’s lead in the third 500 but could not catch them in the sprint. Great Britain won the race in a 5:45.41, with New Zealand finishing 1.72 seconds back. The U.S. finished in a 5:48.80, 1.26 seconds behind Ukraine.
The lightweight men’s quadruple sculls crew of Jasper Liu (Phoenix, Ariz.), Daniel Madden (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Peter Schmidt (Providence, R.I.) and Zachary Heese (Pelham, N.Y.) finished sixth in its repechage and will race in the B final for places 7-8. With four to qualify, the crew raced in fourth position through the 1,500-meter mark but could not hold off France and Ireland during the final 500 meters. The Netherlands won the race in a 5:55.10, followed closely by Denmark and Austria. France claimed the last spot in the final, finishing in a 5:57.47. The U.S. clocked a 5:59.25.
In the lightweight women’s pair, the U.S. crew of Cara Stawicki (Wall, N.J.) and Margaret Bertasi (London, England) won their race for lanes. After rowing in third through the middle 1,000 meters, the U.S. crew passed Italy and Germany in the final 500 meters to take the victory in a 7:35.46. Italy finished less than a second behind in a 7:36.39, followed by Germany and Latvia. The four crews will race again in the final on Friday.
The lightweight women’s quadruple sculls crew of Mary Reckford (Short Hills, N.J.), Rosa Kemp (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), Michaela Copenhaver (Berkeley, Calif.) and Jessica Hyne-Dolan (Verdi, Nev.) finished third in their race for lanes. Italy led through the 1,000-meter mark before China took the lead. China won the race in a 6:31.76, followed by Italy in a 6:33.00. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:35.29, followed by Germany and Vietnam. The five crews will race again on Friday in the final.
The U.S. will have eight crews racing in quarterfinals on Wednesday, as well as four crews racing in repechages and three crews competing in preliminary races for lane assignments.
The women’s pair of Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.) won its heat to advance to the quarterfinals. The 2017 world silver medalists will take on crews from Romania, Poland, China, Denmark and Russia in the fourth quarterfinal, with the top three finishers advancing to the semifinals.
Anders Weiss (Barrington, R.I.) and Ezra Carlson (Eureka, Calif.) advanced to the quarterfinals thanks to a fourth-place finish in their heat of the men’s pair. The duo will take on New Zealand, South Africa, Great Britain, China and Brazil in the fourth of four quarterfinals. The top three finishers will advance to the semifinals.
In the lightweight men’s double sculls, Andrew Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) and Nick Trojan (Los Alamitos, Calif.) won their repechage to advance to the quarterfinals. Campbell and Trojan will take on the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, Denmark and Greece in the second quarterfinal, with the top three crews advancing to the semifinals.
Christine Cavallo (Windermere, Fla.) and Michelle Sechser (Folsom, Calif.) advanced to the quarterfinals thanks to a third-place finish in their heat of the lightweight women’s double sculls. The duo will race crews from Romania, France, Germany, Korea and Spain in the fourth quarterfinal, with the top three crews advancing to the semifinals.
The men’s double sculls duo of Justin Keen (Hatfield, Pa.) and Erik Frid (Madbury, N.H.) advanced to the quarterfinals on the backs of a victory in their repechage. The crew will race against Great Britain, Australia, Argentina, Switzerland, and Canada in the third quarterfinal. The top three crews will advance to the semifinals.
In the women’s single sculls, Kara Kohler (Clayton, Calif.) had no trouble winning her heat, crossing the line a couple of boat lengths of open water ahead of her nearest competitor to advance. Kohler will face scullers from Austria, France, Denmark, Bulgaria and Norway in the first quarterfinal, with the top three advancing to the semifinals.
Men’s single sculler Kevin Meador (Berkeley, Calif.) made up a six-second differential in the second half of his repechage to advance to the quarterfinals. He will face scullers from Norway, Serbia, New Zealand, Croatia and Mexico in the second quarterfinal. The top three finishers move on to the semifinals.
Tyler Nase (Phoenixville, Pa.), a 2016 Olympian, advanced to the quarterfinals in the lightweight men’s single sculls thanks to a second-place finish in his heat. Nase will take on scullers from Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Hong Kong, and Turkey in the fourth quarterfinal, with the top three moving on to the semifinals.
In the PR2 men’s single sculls, Isaac French (Glenville, N.Y.) will race in the repechage after finishing second in his heat. French will take on scullers from China, Spain, Italy, New Zealand and Germany, with the top four finishers moving on to the final.
Blake Haxton (Columbus, Ohio) finished second in his heat of the PR1 men’s single sculls on Sunday and will now race in the second of four repechages. Haxton will take on scullers from Paraguay, Canada, Lithuania and Hungary, with the top two finishers advancing to the semifinals.
In the PR3 men’s pair, Todd Vogt (Rochester, N.Y.) and Andrew Wigren (Wellesley, Mass.) finished fourth in their heat and will race in a repechage against Austria, France, Ukraine and Germany. The top four finishers advance to the final.
The lightweight men’s pair of Alex Twist (Seattle, Wash.) and James Nelson (Austin, Texas) finished third in its heat and now will race in a repechage against Brazil, Hungary, Armenia, Russia and Austria. The top four finishers will advance to the final.
In the PR2 women’s single sculls, Madison Eberhard (Getzville, N.Y.) will make her international rowing debut in a race for lanes against Latvia, Ireland, Australia, China and The Netherlands. The six scullers will get a chance to test their speed and earn lane assignments for the final.
In the PR3 women’s pair, Jaclyn Smith (Williston Park, N.Y.) and Molly Moore (Indianapolis, Ind.) will get to test their speed against Italy in their race for lanes ahead of Friday’s final.
Pearl Outlaw (Charlottesville, Va.) and Joshua Boissoneau (Bedford, N.H.) return to the national team in the PR3 mixed double sculls after finishing fifth last year. The duo will row in a preliminary race for lanes on Wednesday against crews from Austria, China, Italy, Russia and Israel.
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