Former Stanford Rower Adam Kreek Helps Canada's Men's Eight Boat Lock Up Olympic Berth
Aug. 31, 2007
MUNICH, Germany - Two former Stanford rowers were on the water Friday at the World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany, with one of them securing a berth in the 2008 Olympics. Adam Kreek ('07), rowing with Canada's men's eight crew, helped the boat to the fastest time of the semifinal heats, securing his second Olympic berth in the process.
Canada won its semi-final in 5:30.88, followed by Great Britain in 5:32.62 and crowd favourites Germany, in 5:33.05. China, Switzerland and Belarus move to the B final.
'They got out of the start and steadily moved away, they had good length,' said men's coach Mike Spracklen, who led the men's eight to two consecutive World Championships before the last Olympics in 2004, where the eight finished fifth. 'It was a good race and they rowed well. Sunday's final will be a nail biter that's for sure.'
The eight's members are Kyle Hamilton of Richmond, B.C., Adam Kreek of London, Ont., Dominic Seiterle of Victoria, B.C., Malcolm Howard of Victoria, B.C., Jake Wetzel of Saskatoon, Sask., Andrew Byrnes of Toronto, Ont., Ben Rutledge of Cranbrook, BC, Kevin Light of Sidney, B.C., and (coxswain) Brian Price of Belleville, Ont..
Price, Hamilton, Kreek, Rutledge, and Light are all back from the 2004 Olympic boat, while Wetzel won a silver in the men's four at the 2004 Games. Seiterle competed at the 2000 Games in the men's double, and Byrnes has not yet made an Olympic appearance.
Meanwhile, the U.S. men's quadruple sculls crew of Mark Flickinger (Big Flats, N.Y.), Jamie Schroeder '06 (Wilmette, Ill.), Deaglan McEachern (Portsmouth, N.H.) and J. Sloan DuRoss (South Portland, Maine) also finished sixth in its semifinal and will now race in the B final. Quick off the line, the crew sat in second place 500 meters into the race, just 0.26 seconds off of the pace being set by the Ukraine. However, the Americans began to fall back as the crews hit the 1,000-meter mark and dropped to sixth during the third quarter of the race. Italy edged Germany at the line to win the race by 0.06 seconds, finishing with a time of 5:50.48. Ukraine clocked a 5:51.35 to hold on for third. The U.S. shut down over the last 250 meters and finished with a time of 6:05.59.
The eight-day regatta, which serves as the primary country qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Games, features 1,285 athletes racing in 474 crews from 68 nations. Complete entry lists, heat sheets and results can be accessed throughout the regatta at www.worldrowing.com.