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Packed first day of racing for Australians at World Rowing Cup 3

Men’s Eight and Women’s Four progress straight to Sunday’s A-Finals; Lightweight A-Finals set for Saturday afternoon in Switzerland

A packed first day of racing at World Rowing Cup 3 has seen Australia’s Men’s Eight and Women’s Four progress straight through to Sunday’s A-Finals, while the Men’s Four (AUS 1), both the Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls,  the Women’s Single Scull and the Women’s Double Scull, have all made semi-finals. With a total of 28 races, in glorious conditions on the Rotsee, the Australians had a busy schedule that saw many race in both heats, repechages and quarter-finals.

Australia’s Men’s Eight secured itself a spot in the A-Final of the event on Sunday after finishing second in a tight race with reigning World Champions, Germany. Crossing the line in 5 minutes 29.93 seconds, just 1.2 seconds behind the Germans, the crew has had a seating change, with Angus Widdicombe taking on the stroke seat and Rob Black moving to seven seat.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Women’s Four showed their prowess in their heat, taking on a fast-paced Danish crew, to cross the line in a time of 6 minutes 27.38 seconds. Having sat back in second for the first 1500 metres of the race, Lucy Stephan, Rosie Popa, Sarah Hawe and Molly Goodman surged ahead in the final 500 metres, rating 42 in the final 200, to cross the line and book a place in Sunday’s A-Final.

The reigning World Champions, Australia’s Men’s Four, dominated their heat, qualifying fastest for Saturday’s semi-finals. Josh Hicks, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill crossed the line in a time of 5 minutes and 53.53 seconds and led from start to finish.

The Lightweight Women’s Single Scull is a straight final in Switzerland this weekend, however the results of the Test Race could bode well for Australia ahead of the A-Final tomorrow. Alice Arch won the race in a time of 7 minutes 43.85 seconds, some 1.79 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. She’ll be joined in tomorrow’s final by Australia’s U23 sculler, Wallis Russell, who finished fourth in the test race today.

The afternoon’s racing saw plenty of repechages and quarter-finals. The U23 Women’s Double Scull had a good performance in their repechage to progress to the semi-finals tomorrow, while Maddie Edmunds led from start to finish in her repechage to make the semi-finals of the Women’s Single Sculls.

Tomorrow will see the first of the medals handed out in Lucerne, with the A-Finals of the Lightweight Men’s and Women’s Single Sculls and the Lightweight Men’s and Women’s Quadruple Sculls.

Australia is already qualified for the A-Finals of the two women’s events, plus the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls, the latter occurring by the virtue of Australia’s crew finishing third in its repechage. Hamish Parry and Sean Murphy will both be aiming to book berths in the Lightweight Men’s Single Scull final, having secured themselves places in Saturday morning’s semi-finals.

Australia’s Men’s Quadruple Scull, Women’s Eights (both the Senior and U23 crews), the Women’s Quadruple Scull, the Women’s Pair and the Lightweight Women’s Double Scull will all contest repechages tomorrow in Switzerland after narrowly missing out on qualification berths in their heats.

Saturday 14 July – Confirmed race times for Australian crews at World Rowing Cup 3, Lucerne
* Denotes U23 Australian Rowing Team crew

Lightweight Men’s Single Scull 2* (Murphy): Semi-Final – 17:30 AEST (9:30 local time)

Lightweight Men’s Single Scull 1 (Parry): Semi-Final – 17:35 AEST (9:35 local time)

Men’s Pair* (Judge and O’Brien): D-Final – 17:55 AEST (09:55 local time)

Men’s Four 2* (Clarke, Grant, von Appen, Pensini): C-Final 18:25 AEST (10:25 local time)

Men’s Single Scull 1 (C Watts) and Men’s Single Scull 2* (S Marsh): C-Final 18:35 AEST (10:35 local time)

Lightweight Men’s Double Scull* (Curtin and Chambers): C-Final 18:40 AEST (10:40 local time)

Women’s Pair* (Patten and Cox): Repechage21:07 AEST (13:07 local time)

Women’s Double Scull* (Thompson and Hudson): Semi-Final 21:28 (13:28 local time)

Men’s Four (Hicks, Turrin, Hargreaves and Hill): Semi-Final 22:14 (14:14 local time)

Women’s Single Scull (M Edmunds): Semi-Final 22:28 (14:28 local time)

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull* (Zilm and Masters):  Repechage22:56 AEST (14:56 local time)

Women’s Quadruple Scull (Horton, Meredith, Cronin and Aldersey): Repechage – 23:25 AEST (15:25 local time)

Men’s Quadruple Scull (Antill, A Purnell, Letcher and D Watts):  Repechage23:32 AEST (15:32 local time)

Women’s Eight 1 (Saunders, Dunkley-Smith, Werry, Gotch, Rowe, Wilson, Vermeersch, Fessey and Rook) and Women’s Eight 2* (Franetic, Pozzi, Brown, Rowan, Pearce, Bettega, Parker, Stalph and Harrisson): Repechage – 23:39 AEST (15:39)

Lightweight Women’s Single Scull 1 (Arch) and Lightweight Women’s Single Scull 2* (Russell): Final – 00:09 AEST (16:09 local time)

Lightweight Men’s Single Scull A/B Finals – Times and crews TBC

Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull (James, Miansarow, Pound and Nesbitt): Final – 00:35 AEST (16:35 local time)

Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Scull (Fowler, Heseltine, Kerr and Kelly): Final – 00:50 AEST (16:50 local time)