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Silver lining for Arch and Parry at World Cup

Lightweight single scullers both win silver medals at World Rowing Cup 3; Seven Australian crews set to race A-Finals tomorrow in Switzerland

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Alice Arch and Hamish Parry opened Australia’s medal tally for World Rowing Cup 3 today winning silver medals in their respective Lightweight single scull finals. The medals by the two Australians will no doubt spur on the seven Australian crews set to race in A-Finals tomorrow (Sunday) in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Arch, who sat in second throughout the race that was won by Germany’s Marie-Louise Draeger, admitted that winning silver in the Lightweight Women’s Single Scull was a special moment.

“I’ve loved being in Lucerne,” admitted the Melbourne University Boat Club member. “That [the race] felt really good, I had a good start. The conditions were quite challenging in the middle. This is my first regatta in the single so it was all about finding a good rhythm.”

Alice Arch and her silver medal (Copyright Rowing Australia)

Parry, who made an impressive sprint for the line to secure his silver medal, said post-race, “That was my first international win so I’m absolutely stoked.”

The Toowong Rowing Club athlete had been in fourth at the 500 metre mark, but worked his way through the pack to finish second to home favourite Michael Shmid of Switzerland. “I wanted to do as well as possible as I’ve been working a lot on my mental state and it felt good during the regatta. I progressed well throughout the heats and today I had a good 1500 metres and managed to have a good sprint towards the end,” added Parry.

Fellow Australian Lightweight Men’s Single Sculler, Sean Murphy of the U23 team, finished sixth in the A-Final, while the Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull and the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Scull both missed out on podium finishes in their A-Finals, with the respective crews both finishing in fifth place.

Hamish Parry (right) celebrates winning silver with Lars Wichert (GER) and Michael Schmid (SUI). Image Copyright Rowing Australia

Earlier in the day, Australia undertook various semi-finals and repechages in a bid to make Sunday’s A-Finals. The reigning World Champions, Australia’s Men’s Four, continued their dominance of the boat class, leading their semi-final from start to finish. Josh Hicks, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill will race their final against South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, Russia and Great Britain.

A fantastic race from the young Australian Women’s Pair of Giorgia Patten and Bronwyn Cox saw the pair secure a spot in Sunday’s A-Final. The West Australians held a steady pace alongside China throughout the race, with only the top two making the A-Final. The Under 23 Australians maintained good speed through the race, and then powered through the Chinese in the final 250 metres, to win the repechage and a place in the A-Final.

The Women’s Quadruple Scull finished fourth in their repechage to progress to the A-Final, while the Men’s Quadruple Scull had a great tussle with Great Britain and New Zealand in their repechage to cross the line in second to book a place in the A-Final. The Women’s Eight progressed straight to the A-Final after finishing third in their repechage.

Madeleine Edmunds took on the reigning World Champion, Switzerland’s Jeannine Gmelin, in her semi-final.  Edmunds sat in third for the first half of the race but the Queenslander crossed the line in fifth and will now contest Sunday’s B-Final. Meanwhile, the U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull of Verayna Zilm and Georgie Masters finished third in their repechage and will also race in a B-Final.

Australia’s U23 Women’s Double Scull of Harriet Hudson and Ria Thompson finished fifth in their semi-final. A stellar effort from this young partnership has secured them a place in tomorrow’s B-Final, which will no doubt provide great race practice ahead of the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in a few weeks.

In today’s C-Finals, the Lightweight Men’s Double Scull finished third and the Men’s Four 2 crew crossed the line in second, both of these crews are Under 23 crews that will race in Poznan later this month. Meanwhile, in the C-Final of the Men’s Single Sculls, Campbell Watts finished first, while another Under 23 athlete, Sam Marsh finished in fifth. Finally, in the D-Final of the Men’s Pair, Under 23 Australian Rowing Team members, Andrew Judge and Jack O’Brien, finished third.

Race times for Sunday 15 July at World Rowing Cup 3, Lucerne, Switzerland

* denotes Under 23 Australian Rowing Team crew

Women’s Double Scull* (Hudson and Thompson): B-Final 17:05 AEST (09:05 local time)
Women’s Single Scull (M Edmunds): B-Final 17:25 AEST (09:25 local time)
Lightweight Women’s Double Scull* (Masters and Zilm): B-Final 17:35 AEST (09:35 local time)

Women’s Pair* (Patten and Cox): A-Final 18:05 AEST (10:05 local time)
Women’s Quadruple Scull (Horton, Cronin, Meredith and Aldersey): A-Final 18:31 AEST (10:31 local time)
Women’s Four (Stephan, Popa, Hawe and Goodman): A-Final – 21:33 AEST (13:33 local time)
Men’s Four (Hicks, Turrin, Hargreaves, Hill): A-Final – 21:44 (13:44 local time)
Men’s Quadruple Scull (Antill, A Purnell, Letcher and D Watts): A-Final 21:59 AEST (13:59 local time)
Women’s Eight (Saunders, Dunkley-Smith, Werry, Gotch, Rowe, Wilson, Vermeersch, Fessey and Rook): A-Final 22:14 AEST (14:14 local time)
Men’s Eight (Donald, Black, Moore, Keenan, N Purnell, Masters, Booth, Widdicombe and Brodie):  A-Final – 22:48 AEST (14:48 local time)