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Great Day for Australian Coxed Boats Day 2: World Rowing Under 23 Championships

Day 1 was about our two Heavyweight Single Scullers – Laura Gourley and Cormac Kennedy-Leverett – getting Australia off to a winning start. On Day 2 of the World Under 23 Championships, it was our coxed boats – the Men’s Eight and Women’s Coxed Four – that showed Australia’s depth, as the two crews won their respective Heats. The Women’s Four has been the talk of the rowing world in the last 24 hours, as they set a new Championship best time of 6:52.9. The previous record was 7:02.22, set at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. 

The coach of the Women’s Coxed Four, Annabelle Eaton, said post-race, “We set out to win this race. Our girls were desperate to race as it has been a long time since their last hit out.  They brought their A game today and our challenge in the next 36 hours is to better today’s performance. What also helped our girls was what Paul Thompson (Performance Director) said in the lead up to the race – the most important stroke is the one that you are on. Don’t rush.  One stroke at a time.”  

Men’s Eight Coach, John Bowes, commented that he was happy with his crew’s win in Heat 1, but he did say that the main challenge now would be the crew from Great Britain who comfortably won Heat 2. John said, “It is now all about strength of character. Nobody is going to get fitter or stronger in the next few days. What makes our guys so special is that they are there for one another. The boys have been stressing to each other, let’s do this for our three mates who are in their final year as Under 23 athletes. Paul’s words are true – race when you get there, but not before.”   

Conditions today were labelled as a moderate tail wind with warm water conditions, which produced some very fast times. Our Men’s Coxed Four were unlucky to be pipped on the line by Germany, after leading their race for the first 1500 metres. They will now race the Repechage to qualify for the A Final. Grace Sypher came 2nd in the Women’s Lightweight Single Repechage and will compete in the Semi Finals later this week.  

The Men’s Coxless Four of William Achermann, Nicholas Smith, Torben Ungemach and Charlie Batrouney put on a brave show in their Heat to finish in 3rd position.  Our young Women’s Coxless Four – Paige Barr, Jacqueline Swick, Genevieve Hart and Eliza Gaffney – also placed 3rd in their Heat and will be looking to “bounce back” in their Repechage today to qualify for the A-Final.  

Our small boat crews of Kate Oliver and Sophie Robinson (Women’s Lightweight Pair), and Alexander Wood and Harry Crouch (Men’s Double Sculls) were both competitive in the first 1000m of their respective Heats and will be looking to make some positive adjustments to their race plans during the week.  The Men’s Quadruple Sculls quartet of Marcus Della Marta, Lukas Matic, Xavier Hall-Sullivan and Alexander Rossi are using this regatta as a learning curve to build their international race experience. 

 The third day of the regatta (Wednesday 27th July) will see the start of the World Rowing Under 19 Championships. Our Junior Women’s Double Scull and Men’s Quadruple Scull crews will be the first Australian Under 19 crews to race. There will also be seven Under 23 crews racing in the Repechage round. 

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Results can be seen via the World Rowing website:  

 

Follow the Rowing Australia social media channels for the latest updates, as well as photos and video coverage of the Australian Under 23 and Under 19 Rowing Teams.  

 

Full Regatta Results (Day-2): 

 

Men’s Under-23 Eight (U23M8+) – 1st, Qualified for the A-Final. 

Jamie Arnold 

Marcus Emmett  

Patrick Long  

Joshua Hill  

Alexander McClean  

Angus Dawson  

Darcy McCluskey  

Fergus Hamilton  

Harry Keenan (Coxswain)  

 

Women’s Under-23 Coxed Four (U23M4+) – 1st in Preliminary, Qualified for the A-Final. 

Isabella Scammell  

Samantha Morton  

Emma Wilson  

Emmie Frederico  

Nicholas Dunlop (Coxswain)  

 

Women’s Under-23 Lightweight Single Scull (U23WL1X), 2nd in Repechage, Semi-Final A/B. 

Grace Sypher 

 

Men’s Under-23 Coxed Four (U23M4+) – 2nd In Heat 1, Repechage. 

Nikolas Pender 

Miller Eagle-Rowe 

Fraser Miscamble 

Harrison Fox  

Hannah Cowap (Coxswain)   

 

Women’s Under-23 Coxless Four (U23W4-), 3rd in Heat 2, Repechage. 

Paige Barr  

Jacqueline Swick  

Eliza Gaffney  

Genevieve Hart  

 

Women’s Under-23 Lightweight Coxless Pair (U23W2-), 3rd in Heat 1, Repechage. 

Kate Oliver  

Sophie Robinson  

 

Men’s Under-23 Coxless Four (U23M4-), 3rd in Heat 1, Repechage. 

William Achermann 

Nicholas Smith  

Torben Ungemach  

Charlie Batrouney 

 

Men’s Under-23 Double Sculls (U23M2X), 3RD in Heat 1, Repechage. 

Alexander Wood  

Harry Crouch 

 

Men’s Under-23 Quadruple Sculls (U23M4X), 5th in Heat 3, Repechage. 

Marcus Della Marta 

Lukas Matic 

Xavier HallSullivan  

Alexander Rossi  

 

World Under-23 Crew Lists: 

Women 

U23W1X  

Laura Gourley  

Coach: Hally Chapman  

 

U23LW1X  

Grace Sypher  

Coach: Lachlan Carter  

 

U23LW2-  

Kate Oliver  

Sophie Robinson   

Coach: Shaun Finlayson  

 

U23W4+  

Isabella Scammel  

Samantha Morton  

Emmie Frederico  

Emma Wilson  

Nicholas Dunlop (Coxswain)   

Coach: Annabelle Eaton   

 

U23W4- 

Paige Barr  

Jacqueline Swick  

Eliza Gaffney  

Genevieve Hart  

Coach: Tom Westgarth  

 

Men 

U23M1X  

Cormac KennedyLeverett 

Coach: Lincoln Handley  

 

U23M2X  

Alexander Wood  

Harry Crouch 

Coach: Alex Field  

 

U23M4X  

Marcus Della Marta  

Lukas Matic  

Xavier HallSullivan  

Alexander Rossi  

Coach: Alex Field  

 

U23M4+ 

Nikolas Pender 

Miller Eagle-Rowe 

Fraser Miscamble 

Harrison Fox  

Hannah Cowap (Coxswain)   

Coach: Matthias Ungemach    

 

U23M4- 

William Achermann 

Nicholas Smith  

Torben Ungemach  

Charlie Batrouney 

Coach: Matthew Ryan  

 

U23M8+ 

Jamie Arnold 

Marcus Emmett  

Patrick Long  

Joshua Hill  

Alexander McClean  

Angus Dawson  

Darcy McCluskey  

Fergus Hamilton 

Harry Keenan (Coxswain) 

Coach: John Bowes