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Fast Finishing Crews Secure Promising Results at World Cup 2

Australia put in a showing at World Cup 2 today with tight finishes and dominant performances at Lake Malta, Poznan.

The team has built momentum well across all 10 boat classes, with our first podium performance from Georgia Nesbitt in the Lightweight Women’s Single Scull A Final. Nesbitt was slightly behind off the start, but a courageous row from the Tasmanian saw her row down the German scull and clinch the Silver Medal and so kick starting the Australian Medal Tally at this World Cup.

“It was a good race – tricky conditions but I knew everyone was going to be out pretty fast and furious, so I was just trying to hold on and see who I could mow through. It was pretty good to get the German – I’ll hunt down the American next time.”

The Lightweight Women’s Double Scull was also a nail-biter. Anneka Reardon and Lucy Coleman looked dominant as they led the race through the first 1500m, though the young duo were pipped at the post by the Swiss crew by a mere 0.06 seconds. The second place will see them contest the A Final tomorrow in a very competitive field.

Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre Women’s Head Coach, John Keogh said, “[The Lightweight Women’s Double] is one of the most competitive boat classes – what’s really outstanding for me is watching these girls compete at their first international regatta and sit out in the front of the field and be really composed and controlled. It’s exciting for them and to see how they go [in the A Final].”

Jack Cleary and Caleb Antill led the Semi-Final of the Men’s Double Scull from start to finish to secure the A Final. The duo burst out the blocks well over 44 strokes per minute and did not let their rate drop below 38 the entire race, finishing a length clear of the Dutch in second.

The Women’s Four of Lucy Stephan OAM, Kat Werry, Bronwyn Cox, and Annabel McIntyre OAM had an exciting Semi-Final; the Dutch [who won the Olympic Silver Medal in Tokyo] did their best to peg back the all-the-way winners, but Werry said that Stephan’s calls were what kept the Aussies in front.

“It was a really good race today, though the conditions were a little bit wild, we stayed calm – Lucy [Stephan] called it to be calm and relaxed, so we’re really happy with the outcome.

We’ve got a few cards left up our sleeve, so we’re very keen for the race tomorrow.”

Tara Rigney secured her first international A Final in the Women’s Single Scull, the New South Welsh athlete said she was excited to be in the Final, and keen to “give it a crack.”

“It’s a lot harder, especially in these conditions, but what I’ve found is just keeping calm, internal, and just trying not to get dropped in the first 500m is the trick to doing well out here I think.”

The Men’s Single Scull saw both Australian crews David Bartholot and Sam Marsh contest the same Semi-Final, requiring a top three win to progress to the A Final. Bartholot looked like he had secured third position to progress, when a late charge from the Canadian crew nabbed the qualifying spot. Bartholot finished in fourth while Marsh took fifth with a solid performance; both will contest the B Final tomorrow.

Red Matthews and Hamish Harding executed a dream race for their C Final of the Lightweight Men’s Double Scull. The composed Aussie duo fended off a late charge from the favoured Danish crew to win their race and rank them 13th overall.

Oscar McGuinness had a tough race in the Semi-Final of the Lightweight Men’s Single Scull this morning; after keeping overlap with the leading crews and qualifying positions throughout the race, he finished just behind the fast-finishing local crews to place fourth, into the B Final. The young South Australian was pipped on the line after leading most of the B Final in the afternoon, placing second to give him a ranking of eighth overall.

The Senior Team debutants of Eliza Gaffney and Genevieve Hart finished fifth in their repechage; they will contest the B Final tomorrow.

The racing schedule and up-to-date information regarding the regatta can be found below with a link to the World Rowing website. Live racing updates and commentary can be viewed through the World Rowing website, and A finals can be seen on Foxtel or Kayo on Sunday 19 June, 18:05 to 22:45 (AEST).

Find all the latest on World Rowing Cup 2 here: https://worldrowing.com/event/2022-world-rowing-cup-ii/

Read about the new Athlete Selection Rules here: https://worldrowing.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/ALS-Process_Information-for-Teams_f.pdf

World Cup 2 Crew List

Women

Lwt W1x

Georgia Nesbitt

Coach: Ellen Randell

Lwt W2x

B) Anneka Reardon

S) Lucy Coleman

Coach: Ellen Randell

W1x

Tara Rigney

Coach: Ellen Randell

W2-

B) Genevieve Hart

S) Eliza Gaffney

Coach: Tom Westgarth

W4x

B) Georgie Gleeson

2) Rowena Meredith

3) Harriet Hudson

S) Kate Rowan

Coach: John Keogh

W4-

B) Lucy Stephan OAM

2) Katrina Werry

3) Bronwyn Cox

S) Annabelle McIntyre OAM

Coach: John Keogh

W8+

B) Eleanor Price

2) Jean Mitchell

3) Paige Barr

4) Jacqueline Swick

5) Ella Bramwell

6) Giorgia Patten

7) Georgina Rowe

S) Emma Fessey

Cox: Talia Barnet-Hepples

Coach: Tom Westgarth

Para

PR1 M1x

Erik Horrie OAM

Coach: Jason Baker OAM

Men

Lwt M1x

Oscar McGuinness

Coach: David Fraumano

Lwt M2x

B) Redmond Matthews

S) Hamish Harding

Coach: David Fraumano

M1x

AUS 1 – Sam Marsh

AUS 2 – David Bartholot

Coach: Lyall McCarthy

M2x

B) Caleb Antill

S) Jack Cleary

Coach: Lyall McCarthy

M4-

B) Alexander Purnell OAM

2) Spencer Turrin OAM

3) Jack Hargreaves OAM

S) Jack O’Brien

Coach: Rhett Ayliffe

M8+

B) Sam Hardy

2) Henry Youl

3) Benjamin Canham

4) Angus Widdicombe

5) Jackson Kench

6) Simon Keenan

7) Patrick Holt

S) Rohan Lavery

Cox: Kendall Brodie

Coach: Mark Prater