Bears Off To Strong Start At U23 World Championships
VARESE, Italy – Members of the Cal men's rowing team had s strong opening day of the U-23 World Championships held at Lake Varese in Varese, Italy on Tuesday. Five Golden Bears helped their boats win their respective heats with another Bear finishing second.
Frederik Breuer and Leonard Brahms won their heat in the coxed four for Germany. The duo finished with a time of 6:12.65 in a spectacular race. The German boat came back from a three-second deficit over the final 1,000 meters to defeat Australia by three-tenths of a second and advance to the A Final on July 29 at 7:35 a.m. PT.
Campbell Crouch, competing for New Zealand, helped his coxless four win their heat. Crouch and company finished with a time of 5:56.88, defeating runner-up Romania comfortably by over three seconds. New Zealand started the race fast jumping out to a three-second lead after 500 meters and never looked back. Crouch will row again in the A Final on Saturday, July 30 at 7:37 a.m. PT.
Jamie Arnold and Angus Dawson guided Australia's eight to a win over incoming freshman Emilio Pappalettera and Italy. Arnold sat in the bow seat with Dawson in the six-seat and finished with a time of 5:34.77. Australia opened up the race with a two-second lead at the 500-meter mark and kept building to its lead. The Aussies will advance to the A Final on July 30 at 9:32 a.m. PT.
Pappalettera and his boat finished second in the heat with a time of 5:37.75. Italy will next row in Repechage 1, taking on Canada, France, Germany, and Romania tomorrow at 6:05 a.m. PT.
Incoming freshman Pablo Moreno raced for Spain in the quadruple sculls. Spain finished sixth in their heat, finishing with a time of 6:47.27. They will race tomorrow in Repechage 1 at 5:45 a.m. taking on Mexico, Romania, the Netherlands, and Lithuania. The top two boats advance to the A Final, all other boats to the B Final.
Full results, as well as video highlights of select races, can be found at WorldRowing.com or by clicking here.
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