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Three Australian crews into A-Finals in Racice

Four crews set to contest A-Finals on last day of World Rowing Junior Championships

Australia’s Junior Men’s Coxed Four, Junior Women’s Four and Junior Men’s Single Scull all booked places in A-Finals today (Saturday) in Račice. The three crews’ qualification brings the total number of Australian crews in A-Finals at the World Rowing Junior Championships to four, with the Junior Women’s Coxed Four having qualified on Friday. The Junior Women’s Single Scull will contest the B-Final, while the Junior Men’s Pair finished third in the C-Final.

The Junior Men’s Coxed Four semi-final saw Ben Gerrard, Hamish Henriques, Logan Ullrich, Miller Rowe and Isaac Schmidt drawn in Lane 4. Taking on crews from Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Ireland and Russia the crew sat next to the reigning World Champions, Italy.

At the start, it was Russia and the Czech Republic that led the way, with Australia back in fifth. As the crews passed the halfway mark, it was Italy and the home favourites, Czech Republic leading with Australia making its move on the pack. As the crews moved into the final 500, it was Italy leading with Schmidt’s crew sprinting through to take second and Czech Republic third.

The Junior Women’s Four semi-final saw the Australians once again drawn in Lane 4. The crew of Phoebe Robinson, Hilary Ballinger, Jessica Scott and Leukie Smith took on an inform USA and Romania with the US taking an early lead. As the crews pushed into the second half of the race, the USA upped their rating to make sure they took the win, with Romania in second and Australia crossing the line in third, rating 36 strokes per minute.

The Junior Men’s and Women’s Single scullers both featured in semi-finals today. Cormac Kennedy-Leverett was drawn alongside the reigning Junior World Champion, Clark Dean of the USA in his race. The Queenslander came out quickly in what were pacey conditions in the Czech Republic and took an early lead in the race with Dean in second.

Dean made a push at the 750 mark to go ahead of the Australian who held with him, as the two scullers broke free of the field. Dean managed to push away to take the lead and ended up crossing the line in a new World Best Time, 6.45.45, with Kennedy-Leverett taking second and Tristan Vandenbussche of Belgium in third.

Taylor McCarthy-Smith’s semi-final saw the Brisbane rower drawn on the outside and taking on an inform Maria Sol Ordas of Argentina and Italy’s Greta Martinelli. In tough and blustery conditions, the Australian came out quick at the start but didn’t keep pace with her competition, crossing the line in fifth. The Queenslander will now contest the B-Final on Sunday.

The Junior Men’s Pair of Jack Thornton and Hamish Wynn-Pope were first to race this morning in the Czech Republic. In the C/D semi-final, the Victorian duo moved their way through the pack from fifth at the 500 metre mark, to cross the line first to make the C-Final. The Geelong College/Geelong Grammar combination then went on to finish third place in the C-Final later that day. The result saw them conclude the event ranked 15th in the world.

Race Times for Sunday 12 August at 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships
Junior Women’s Single Scull (McCarthy-Smith): B-Final 18:30 AEST
Junior Women’s Coxed Four (Mentzines, Chancellor, Graham, Furrer and Cowap): A-Final 18:58 AEST
Junior Men’s Coxed Four (Gerrard, Rowe, Ullrich, Henriques and Schmidt): A-Final 19:09 AEST
Junior Women’s Four (Robinson, Ballinger, Scott and Smith): A-Final 19:57 AEST
Junior Men’s Single Scull (Kennedy-Leverett): A-Final 21:43 AEST