Eleven Huskies In Medal Contention At U23 World Rowing Championships

July 25, 2009

RACICE, Czech Republic - After Saturday's repechage and semifinal races, 11 Huskies will be in medal contention in the finals Sunday.

The Canadian women's eight, which includes Huskies Rosie DeBoef, Kim Kennedy and Kira O'Sullivan, pieced together an impressive 6:18.53, winning their repechage race. Team Canada started out ahead, holding a slight edge over Germany by the 500 meter mark. By the 1000, the Canadians had stretched their lead to just under a second. In the third 500, Canada continued to pull away, holding over a second and a half lead over the Germans. Poland mounted a strong final sprint, overtaking Germany for second, but finished half a length back of the Canadian crew. Those three crews plus Belarus will rematch in Sunday's A final.

Team Canada kept rolling, with Will Crothers, Max Lang, Anthony Jacob and Conlin McCabe pulling out a 6:02.14 to win the second semifinal heat in the straight four, the second-fastest qualifying time among straight fours. The quartet of Huskies established an early lead, holding almost a one second advantage at the 500. In the second 500, Romania took a huge move, going from fifth to second by the midway point. At the 1000, the Canadian four had built their lead up to about a length. They maintained that lead through the third 500. In the final sprint, Romania made another move, closing the gap significantly, but could not move through the Canadians. Romania finished half a length back of Canada, with Slovenia in third. All three crews re-match tomorrow in the A final, along with New Zealand (who posted the fastest qualifying time), Germany and the United States.

Mathis Jessen and Tom Lehmann took third in their semifinal race in Germany's straight pair, clocking a 6:41.34. By the end of the first 500, only 2.5 seconds separated first through sixth places in what looked to be a tight race. In the second 500, the pair made a move, pulling up to third place, where they would remain for the rest of the race. Greece won the semifinal, with Hungary in second. All three crews race again Sunday in the A final, along with Serbia, Italy and Belarus.

In the men's eight B final, Blaise Didier helped the U.S. to a win, crossing the finish line in 5:37.11. Russia was the leader by the 500 mark, but the Americans moved through Russia in the second 500 and held a length's advantage by the 1000. Neither Russia nor Italy challenged the U.S. boat again and the Americans won by over six seconds.

Erika Shaw won the B final of the straight pair racing for Team Canada. The Canadian pair took a commanding lead early in the race and won the contest by over a length. Shaw and her partner crossed the line in 7:42.68.

Hans Struzyna competed with the U.S. in the C final of the quadruple scull, finishing fifth in 6:05.70.

Husky rowing fans can look forward to five crews and four races that feature Washington rowers. Jessen and Lehmann race in the men's pair at 2:06pm local time (5:06am PDT). The straight four featuring Team Canada's Crothers, Lang, Jacob and McCabe gets underway at 2:42pm local time (5:42am PDT). Four Huskies compete in the women's eight (DeBoef, Kennedy and O'Sullivan for Canada, Adrienne Martelli for U.S.A.) at 3:54pm local time (6:54am PDT). Stephen Connolly wraps the day up for the Huskies in the men's eight A final at 4:06pm (7:06am PDT).

Complete schedule and results can be found here.

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