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Trio of Australian boats hit the water as disrupted U19 world champs continue

Members of the Coxed Four pour on the power in Paris. Photo: Vera Buscu / Rowing Australia.

A trio of Australian crews took to the water at a testing U19 World Championships in Paris on day two of a regatta that has seen its schedule turned inside-out by difficult conditions at the future Olympic and Paralympic course.

The weather was significantly better, though, allowing a resumption of racing in a shortened program that will be provide a significant test for all boats closer to the business end of racing.

Eliza Bridgefoot and Liesel Page crewed the Women’s Double Sculls boat to victory in their repechage and booked a place in the semifinal, just holding off Spain in a close finish. They will need a top three finish to lock down a lane in the A Final.

The Men’s Coxed Four of Oscar St Pierre, Tane Potts, Doogal McKenzie, Joseph Lynch and Cox Ryder Taylor were safely through to the A Final after finishing second in the sole repechage.

And the Women’s Four wasn’t able to find a way past the second-placed German boat in their repechage. The quartet of Georgia Montague, Greta Spencer, Lyla Fievez, Minaya Bishop will now ready themselves for the B Final.

The final day of racing will cap off an excellent overseas campaign for Australia’s rising stars as eyes then turn towards the senior World Rowing Championships in Belgrade in September.

Keep an eye on the Rowing Australia website and social media channels for updates of the World Rowing U19 Championships and head to World Rowing for full results, schedules and live tracking of the racing in France.