PR3 Mixed Four with Coxswain Wins Silver at the 2019 World Rowing Championships

The PR3 mixed four with coxswain won a silver medal and two U.S. crews qualified for Tokyo on Saturday at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.

The women’s quadruple sculls earned a qualification spot for the Olympics by winning its B final, while the PR2 mixed double sculls earned a spot at the Paralympic Games by finishing second in its B final. The U.S. now has qualified six boats for the Olympics and three for the Paralympics and will have three more opportunities to qualify boats tomorrow.

The U.S. PR3 mixed four with coxswain brought home the silver medal from the world championships for the sixth consecutive year. The crew of coxswain Karen Petrik (Glastonbury, Conn.), Dani Hansen (Patterson, Calif.), John Tanguay (Pennington, N.J.), Charley Nordin (Alameda, Calif.) and Allie Reilly (North Kingstown, R.I.) got off the line in third position behind Great Britain and Russia before moving into second place behind the British crew in the second quarter of the race. The U.S. slowly extended its advantage on the remainder of the field over the third 500, easily winning the silver medal. The British boat continued its gold-medal streak, winning with a time of 7:09.54. The U.S. finished in a 7:21.61. Italy won a tight race for bronze, besting Australia by a little over a second.

“I thought it was a good race,” Nordin said. “I thought we executed our piece pretty well. We went out there and did what we wanted to do. Silver’s a big honor, and I’m proud to bring one home for the country.”

“With such a tradition of winning medals on this team, it’s always an honor to bring back another one, uphold that tradition,” Reilly said.

Tracy Eisser (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls, Wis.) finished fourth in the final of the women’s pair, just missing the medal stand. Australia took the early lead on New Zealand, with the U.S. sitting in third at the 500-meter mark. Eisser and Kalmoe continued to row in third during the second quarter of the race as Canada began to pull along side of the American crew. At the midway point, Canada had inched its bowball ahead of the U.S. for third position. The Canadians began to power through the U.S. during the third quarter of the race, taking a length in the third 500 meters. Meanwhile, New Zealand was beginning to close the gap on Australia at the head of the field. At the line, New Zealand won gold with a time of 7:21.35. Australia took silver in a 7:23.62, with Canada winning bronze in a 7:26.52. The U.S. finished with a time of 7:32.25.

The men’s four of Clark Dean (Sarasota, Fla.), Andrew Reed (Wayland, Mass.), Tom Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.), and Tom Peszek (Farmington Hills, Mich.) finished fifth in their final. Poland established the early lead over Great Britain and Italy. The Polish crew continued to build its advantage during the second 500 meters, with Italy moving into second at the midway point. The British crew then began to push back on Poland, passing Italy as the boats entered the final quarter of the race. The U.S. continued to row in sixth position but had begun to cut into the Italians lead for the bronze medal; however, so had the Romanians. Romania continued to close the gap on the medal positions over the final 300 meters, passing Italy and then Great Britain to move from fourth to second position at the line. Poland held on to win gold in a 6:09.86, with the hard-charging Romanian crew winning silver in a 6:11.41. Great Britain finished 0.3 seconds behind Romania for bronze. The U.S. crossed the line in a 6:13.40, 0.01 seconds behind Italy in fourth.

Caryn Davies (Ithaca, N.Y.), Madeleine Wanamaker (Neenah, Wis.), Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.) and Molly Bruggeman (Dayton, Ohio) finished sixth in the final of the women’s four. Australia took the lead off the line, with The Netherlands sitting just off the pace. Those two crews began to separate from the pack as they entered the second half of the race, with Denmark sitting about a half-length up on Poland and the USA for third. The American boat tried to keep pace with Denmark over the third 500 but was not able to match the Danes’ pace. At the finish, Australia pulled away from The Netherlands to win gold by just over two seconds, finishing in a 6:43.45. The Dutch won silver in a 6:45.55, followed by Denmark in third. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:55.98.

The U.S. had three crews racing in B finals on Saturday with Olympic or Paralympic qualification on the line.

The women’s quadruple sculls crew of Kate Roach (North Oaks, Minn.), Emily Huelskamp (Sainte Genevieve, Mo.), Sophia Vitas (Franklin, Wis.) and Lauren Schmetterling (Moorestown, N.J.) won the B final to finish seventh overall and earn a qualifying spot for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The U.S. got off the line quickly, establishing its lead over Italy in the first 500 meters. The Americans continued to build their lead in the second quarter of the race and then pulled away from the field over the final 1,000 meters, winning by open water. The U.S. finished in a time of 6:40.11, nearly six seconds ahead of Italy.

“We just had to get the job done, and we knew what was required of us, so we went out there and tried to do it and we succeeded,” Huelskamp said. “We just knew we had to work together, and we really wanted to commit to doing that this time around, even more so than we’ve done before, and I think we succeeded in doing that.”

In the PR2 mixed double sculls, Laura Goodkind (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Russell Gernaat (Redwood City, Calif.) finished second in the B final for eighth place overall, earning a qualification spot for the 2020 Paralympics. With the top two crews earning spots for Tokyo, Goodkind and Gernaat settled into second position in the first 500 meters with China at the head of the field. The U.S. boat continued to hold a solid advantage over Russia and Germany at the midway point. The Germans tried to cut into the American crew’s lead in the third 500, but Goodkind and Gernaat responded to take second by more than five seconds. China won the race in an 8:49.14. The U.S. finished in an 8:54.42.

“Our race today, we had to make sure that we were top two,” Goodkind said. “We didn’t have our best start, but we pulled it together. Around the 500, I saw that all of our boats were pretty even. I didn’t want to play that game of who’s going to get second, who’s going to pull ahead. I was like, ‘This isn’t a game. We’re pulling ahead.’ At around the thousand, the winds changed in our favor. I kind of noticed in my periphery other boats struggling to keep going through that wind and knew that was our time to get ahead. We kept momentum together; we kept in sync together; we kept strong, strong and long. We gave it everything we had and were able to qualify the boat.”

In the B final of the lightweight women’s double sculls, Christine Cavallo (Windermere, Fla.) and Michelle Sechser (Folsom, Calif.) finished fourth for a 10th-place finish overall. With only one Olympic qualification spot available, Switzerland took the lead off the line in an attempt to gain control of the race, with the rest of the boats rowing within a length of the leader. The Swiss boat continued to hold a little over a half-length advantage on Canada at the midway point, with the U.S. in sixth but still within striking distance. With about 1,250 meters to go, the Canadians began to make their move on Switzerland, closing to within a deck as the crews entered the final quarter of the race. The U.S. also began its push, moving into fifth as the crews entered the final sprint. Canada took the lead with about 450 meters to go and started to power away from Switzerland, but the Canadians had made their move too soon as Italy quickly closed the gap. At the line, Italy won by a length over Canada, Australia and the U.S., crossing in a 7:11.18. The three trailing crews finished within 0.31 seconds of each other, with the U.S. finishing in a 7:13.96.

The men’s pair of Anders Weiss (Barrington, R.I.) and Ezra Carlson (Eureka, Calif.) led the C final from start to finish to claim 13th place overall. Weiss and Carlson grabbed an early lead over Germany and continued to pull away from the field in the second quarter of the race, establishing more than a three-second lead on Denmark at the midway point. Denmark made a move in the third 500, cutting the gap by half, but the U.S. was able to hold off Denmark and a late charge by Poland to win the race. Weiss and Carlson finished in a 6:29.94, with Poland taking second in a 6:31.36. Denmark finished another 0.24 seconds behind.

The men’s quadruple sculls crew of Michael Knippen (Germantown, Wis.), Tristan Amberger (Towson, Md.), Gregory Ansolabehere (Bakersfield, Calif.) and John Graves (Cincinnati, Ohio) also won its C final to finish 13th overall. The crew led a tight field at the 500-meter mark before taking control in the second quarter of the race. The U.S. boat continued to increase its lead the rest of the way down the course, winning in a time of 5:48.61. Austria finished second in a 5:52.95.

In the lightweight men’s double sculls, Nick Trojan (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Andrew Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) finished third in their C final for 15th place overall. The field was tight throughout, with Trojan and Campbell sitting in sixth position through the midway point of the race. The U.S. moved into third position behind Austria and Denmark at the 1,500-meter mark, with Portugal just behind. At the finish, Austria won the race in a 6:21.13, followed by Portugal in a 6:22.43. The U.S. finished in a 6:22.69.

The men’s double sculls duo of Justin Keen (Hatfield, Pa.) and Erik Frid (Madbury, N.H.) finished second in the D final, just behind Slovenia. Keen and Frid led the race through the 1,500-meter mark before Slovenia was able to pass the U.S. boat in the final 300 meters. Slovenia won the race in a 6:23.87, with Keen and Frid crossing in a 6:24.98 to finish 20th overall.

Five U.S. crews will be racing for medals on Sunday, while three American boats will be seeking Olympic or Paralympic qualification spots.

Hallie Smith (Washington, D.C.) finished third in her semifinal of the PR1 women’s single sculls to advance to the final and qualify the boat for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Smith will take on scullers from Norway, Israel, France, Ukraine and Germany in the race for the medals.

The women’s double sculls crew of Gevvie Stone (Newton, Mass.) and Cicely Madden (Weston, Mass.) advanced to the final thanks to a third-place finish in the second semifinal, earning a 2020 Olympic qualification spot. Stone and Madden will face New Zealand, Romania, Canada, France, and The Netherlands in their quest to reach the medal stand.

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.) finished second in its semifinal to advance to the medal race. The boat will take on crews from Germany, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands in the final. In addition to the medals, Olympic qualification also will be on the line, as the top five finishers will earn spots for Tokyo.

In the first semifinal of the women’s single sculls, Kara Kohler (Clayton, Calif.) rowed to a one-length victory to reach the final, qualifying her boat for Tokyo. Kohler will take on scullers from Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain and Switzerland in the race for the medals on Sunday.

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 U.S. will take on New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and Romania in the final, with Olympic qualification on the line in addition to the medals. The top five finishers will earn qualification spots for Tokyo.

Blake Haxton (Columbus, Ohio) finished fifth in his semifinal of the PR1 men’s single sculls and now will race in the B final with Paralympic qualification on the line. Haxton will face scullers from China, Poland, France, Lithuania and Italy, with the winner qualifying the boat for Tokyo.

Men’s single sculler Kevin Meador (Berkeley, Calif.) will race in the D final for overall places 19-23. Meador will take on scullers from Romania, Turkey, Switzerland and Sweden on Sunday.

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