Seven Crews Advance on Friday at the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships

by Brett Johnson, Director of Operations, | Aug 08, 2014
HAMBURG, Germany – Seven U.S. crews advanced out of the quarterfinals and repechages on Friday to highlight the third day of racing at the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany.


HAMBURG, Germany – Seven U.S. crews advanced out of the quarterfinals and repechages on Friday to highlight the third day of racing at the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

Last year, Lily Lindsay (Harrison, N.Y.) and Meghan Galloway (Ridgefield, Conn.) raced in the women’s eight that finished fifth at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. This year, the duo is heading back to the finals – this time in the women’s pair – after winning its repechage in convincing fashion.

In yesterday’s heat, Lindsay and Galloway led through 1,000 meters before Canada pulled ahead to win a spot in the final. Today, the duo took a more measured start, getting off the line in second place before taking the lead about 750 meters into the race and then walking away from the rest of the field.

“In the heats, it’s all about figuring out where you stand, where everyone else is and just assessing the competition,” Lindsay said. “Today, we did a better job of staying in our own lane and space and working together to move the hull and, I think, treating it more as just business, doing what we needed to do and not letting our surroundings distract us from the plan.”

After grabbing the lead from Germany, Lindsay and Galloway continued to stretch their advantage on the field over the final 1,000 meters, crossing the line in a 7:38.69, nearly five seconds ahead of the Germans. The victory puts them in a strong position heading into the final, with a chance to cap off their junior careers, hopefully, on the medal stand.

“This is the fun part,” Galloway said. “This is the what we’ve been working for all summer. We have 2,000 meters left as juniors, and that’s just really exciting.”

“It’s freeing knowing that there is nothing left, there’s nothing in our way now. It’s just that final 2,000 meters,” Lindsay said. “There’s no more qualification; there’s no more time trials. There are a few more practices, but in reality, there’s no more racing left other than that final. There’s something about that – knowing that it’s what we came here to do. Having that in our heads is really exciting. We’re going to be out there with the best crews finally seeing where our best race can take us.”

With only two to advance from their repechage, Mary and Claire Campbell (New Canaan, Conn.) won a three-way battle to the line to advance to tomorrow’s semifinal in the women’s double sculls. The Campbell sisters were in third place at the 500-meter mark before overtaking Sweden to move into the ever-important second position at the midway point of the race. The Czech Republic, which got off the line in first, continued to lead as the crews entered the final 500 meters. But, the U.S. boat had already cut the Czech’s lead in half and continued to press as Lithuania began its push towards the front. At the line, the U.S. held off Lithuania by 0.2 seconds and the Czech Republic by 1.02 seconds.

“That was probably the hardest race we’ve ever done,” Mary said. “We started sprinting 500 in. We normally race at a 32, 33 (strokes per minute), and today we raced at a 36.

“We’re shockingly calm,” Mary said on their approach to this week. “I think we have the mentality of racing to just to race, rather than having something to lose. Certainly, that applies to us here. We’re scary calm.”

The sisters now will race in Saturday’s second of two semifinals against Australia, Germany, South Africa, Hungary and Ukraine, with the top three advancing to the final.

In the men’s single sculls, Benjamin Davison (Inverness, Fla.) overcame a slow start and then held off a late charge by Australia’s Thomas Schramko to win his quarterfinal of the men’s single sculls. Davison got off the line in fourth position but took over the lead from the Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Hellebrand just before the 1,000-meter mark. The American continued to build his lead going into the final 500 meters as Schramko moved into second position. Davison then hung on as the two scullers crossed the line, clocking a 7:10.70 to win by just 0.15 seconds. Bulgaria’s Rangel Katsarski grabbed the third qualifying spot for the semifinals. Davison will race France, Switzerland, South Africa, Lithuania and Bulgaria in the second of two semifinals on Saturday, needing a top-three finish to advance to the final.

The men’s quadruple sculls crew of Kenneth Michalec (Evanston, Ill.), Andrew LeRoux (Venice, Fla.), James Mahoney (Hillsborough, Calif.) and Jacob Franks (Sarasota, Fla.) advanced to tomorrow’s semifinals with a second-place finish in its quarterfinal. The U.S. took the lead off the start and continued to hold its advantage until the crews crossed the 1,000-meter mark when Croatia took a slight advantage. Croatia’s move earned them more than two seconds on the field with 500 meters to go, and they held off a late charge from the U.S. to take the victory. Croatia crossed the line in a 6:11.06, with the U.S. just over one second behind in a 6:12.43. Poland finished third to also advance to the semifinals.

“We knew Croatia was going to be a really quick boat, and we knew we couldn’t underestimate the other boats. Most of them posted quicker times than us in the heats,” Michalec said. “We knew we were faster than what we put out in the heats, and we just knew we had to stick to the race plan, come out a little faster than we did. We were in first place at the 500 and coming into the 1,000, and we just made our moves together and rowed really well together.”

The quad will take on Poland, Romania, Great Britain, Slovenia and Belarus in the second of two semifinals. A top-three finish would send them to the final.

In the women’s single sculls, Elizabeth Sharis (Bettendorf, Iowa) advanced to the semifinals by placing second in her quarterfinal. France’s Camille Juillet controlled the race from the start, as the other scullers were left to battle for the remaining two qualifying spots. Sharis got off the line in fourth position before working her way into second place as the scullers reached 500 meters to go. Serbia’s Ljiljana Josic challenged Sharis for second down the stretch, but the American held her off at the line. Juillet won the race in an 8:04.98, with Sharis crossing in an 8:17.32. Josic finished 0.29 seconds behind but also moved on. Sharis now will take on scullers from Serbia, Germany, Belarus, Greece and Bulgaria in first semifinal, needing a top-three finish to advance.

In the men’s four, Izak Epstein (Long Beach, Calif.), Alex Miklasevich (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Benjamin Cohen (Allentown, Pa.) and Mac Manion (Framingham, Mass.) advanced to the semifinals with a second-place finish in their repechage. The crew led early in the race before giving way to Greece just after the 500-meter mark. Greece methodically built its advantage over the final 1,500 meters, with the U.S. pulling away from Belarus. The Greek boat finished with a time of 6:22.19, while the Americans finished 2.49 seconds back. Belraus took third to also advance to tomorrow’s semifinals.

“We came out trying to move on to the next round, and while we didn’t necessarily have out best race, we’re in the same position as any crew that had gotten first yesterday or first today,” Epstein said. “We move on to the next round and focus one race at a time. Tomorrow, we have an opportunity to make it to the A final, and that’s our next goal.”

The four will race Switzerland, Denmark, Croatia, Germany and Italy on Saturday for the right to advance to the final.

The women’s eight of coxswain Liliana Hansen (San Anselmo, Calif.), Katy Gillingham (Seattle, Wash.), India Robinson (Berkeley, Calif.), Isabel Fitter (Fairfield, Conn.), Julia Sesler (Bronxville, N.Y.), Melissa Curtis (Rye, N.Y.), Erica Swartwout (Amityville, N.Y.), Shayla Lamb (Kent, Conn.) and Riley MacAulay (Mercer Island, Wash.) advanced to Sunday’s final with a third-place finish in its repechage. After a rough start that saw the U.S. drop to fifth and out of a qualifying position, the crew found its rhythm and moved back into third place at the midway point of the race. Romania set the pace off the start and pulled away from the field the entire way down the course. At the line, Romania clocked a 6:32.73, with Italy crossing more than three seconds later. The U.S. finished less than a second behind the Italians in a 6:37.11.

In the men’s eight, the crew of coxswain Cole Durbin (Newton, Mass.), Nick Edwards (Sarasota, Fla.), Michael Grady (Bradfordwoods, Pa.), Liam Corrigan (Old Lyme, Conn.), Brennan Wertz (Marin, Calif.), Jovanni Stefani (San Francisco, Calif.), Travis Taaffe (Sarasota, Fla.), Andrew Barnish (Perkasie, Pa.) and Lucas Peilert (Sewickley, Pa.) finished fourth in its repechage and will now race in the B final on Sunday. While France got out on the field early, the U.S., Great Britain, Serbia and Russia began the battle for the second and last qualifying spot in the final. Serbia moved into second as the crews passed the 1,000-meter mark and continued to hold its position with 500 meters to go. That’s when Great Britain made its charge, eventually overtaking Serbia at the line. The U.S. tried to get back on terms with the top three boats but could never quite make up the distance. France held on to win the race in a 5:53.60, with Great Britain taking second. The U.S. finished with a time of 5:56.27.

Keith Lewis (Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Hogan (Orinda, Calif.), Andrew Gaard (Madison, Wis.), Charles Watt (Acton, Mass.) and Andrew Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) finished fifth in their repechage of the men’s four with coxswain and will now race in Sunday’s B final. With two spots in the final up for grabs, South Africa and Germany went out hard. As the crews crossed the 1,000-meter mark, Germany took the lead and South Africa pulled away from third-place Romania. The two leaders continued to build on their advantage, with Germany winning by nearly two seconds in a 6:34.16 and South Africa another four seconds ahead of third place. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:42.89.

The men’s pair of Allen Reitz (Long Beach, Calif.) and Luke Khoury (Long Beach, Calif.) finished fifth in its quarterfinal and now will race in the C/D semifinals on Saturday. Reitz and Khoury sat in sixth position through the 1,000-meter mark before moving into fifth. After a quick start by the French boat, Greece tracked it down in the second quarter of the race, built nearly a two-second lead with 500 meters to go and then held off a furious charge by France to win by less than a deck. Greece crossed the line in a 6:56.25, with France following in a 6:56.56. The U.S. clocked a 7:11.18. Reitz and Khoury will race Latvia, Egypt, Australia, Poland and Georgia in the C/D semis tomorrow. The top three finishers move on to the C final.

The men’s double sculls crew of Galen Bernick (Tempe, Ariz.) and Daniel Holod (St. Paul, Minn.) also finished fifth in its quarterfinal and will now race in the C/D semifinals. Germany left no question as to who would be the winner of the second quarterfinal, taking a four second lead in the first 500 meters and never being challenged the rest of the race. Germany crossed in a 6:34.95. China and Poland grabbed the other two spots in the semifinals. Bernick and Holod finished with a time of 6:52.06. Bernick and Holod will race Paraguay, New Zealand, Great Britain, Israel and Latvia in the C/D semifinals.

The U.S. has two other boats racing in tomorrow’s semifinals after the crews advanced directly from the heats.

The women’s four of Marlee Blue (Ashland, Ore.), Claire Collins (McLean, Va.), Dana Moffat (Manlius, N.Y.) and Mia Croonquist (Vashon Island, Wash.) had little trouble winning its heat, clocking the fastest time of the opening round. The four will take on crews from Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Belarus and Russia in the second of two semifinals, with the top three crews advancing to the final.

The women’s quadruple sculls crew of Emily Kallfelz (Jamestown, R.I.), Georgia Gray (Seattle, Wash.), Emily Delleman (Davenport, Iowa) and Haley Zapolski (Davenport, Iowa) finished third in its heat, earning a spot in Saturday’s semifinals. The quartet will take on the Czech Republic, New Zealand, China, Romania and Denmark in the second of two semifinals, with the top three advancing.

In total, 727 athletes in 251 crews from 56 nations are competing for junior world championships in 13 events. The U.S., which has 49 athletes competing this week, joins host Germany and Italy as the only countries with entries in all 13 events.

On Saturday, semifinal racing has been moved up to 9:00 a.m. due to the early afternoon weather forecast. The C through F finals, which determine overall placements 13-35, remain on their original schedule starting at 3:30 p.m. The A finals (places 1-6) and B finals (places 7-12) take place on Sunday.

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