U23 Women’s Four win their repechage to make Friday’s semi-finals
Three Australian crews took to the water on day two of the 2017 World Rowing U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Strong and fast racing from the U23 Women’s Four saw them win their repechage to book a place in tomorrow’s (Friday) semi-finals, while the U23 Men’s Coxed Four and the U23 Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull both finished second in their repechages to secure A-Final berths for Saturday.
In fast conditions, the U23 Women’s Four of Rafaela Stalph, India Dempsey. Elise Franetic and Amanda Bateman took to the water needing a top three finish to book a place in the semi-finals. The crew, coached by Annabelle Eaton, fired out of the start, at a rate of 44 strokes per minute in the first 50 metres, ready to do battle with their competitors, who ultimately came in the form of the USA.
Through the first 500m of the repechage, it was the USA that led but, as the crew passed the marker, Australia maintained a fast pace and passed the Americans to take the lead, holding it through to the conclusion of the race and booking themselves a spot in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
The crew will contest the semi-final tomorrow (Friday) against New Zealand, Belarus, Italy, Germany and Denmark.
In the following race, the U23 Men’s Coxed Four of Henry Youl, Sam Hardy, Andrew Judge, Sam Marsh and coxswain Georgia Litt, needed a top four finish to secure a berth in Saturday’s A-Final. Facing some stiff competition from the likes of Great Britain and Romania, the Australians were the fastest out the start, alongside Great Britain, and were rating at 48 strokes per minute in the first 100 metres.
As the race progressed, the battle ensued between the British and Australian crews, while Romania and France fought it out for third and fourth place, ahead of Germany. As the crews crossed the line, it remained as it had throughout the race, with Australia coming in second, which in turn secured them a place in Saturday’s A-Final.
Saturday will see the crew take on France, USA, Italy, Great Britain and Romania in the A-Final.
The young U23 Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull of Wallis Russell, Verayn Zlim, Georgina Masters and Madeleine Williams had a sublime race that saw the crew finish in second place and in turn book a place in Saturday’s A-Finals.
With an average age of just 18.5 years, this crew paced their race beautifully – sitting back in third for the first 500 metres, before making their move in the middle thousand and maintaining their rate and boat speed to ensure they crossed the line just behind Switzerland to snap up the only two A-Final spots on offer.
The crew will race in Saturday’s A-Final against Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and Switzerland.
Tomorrow will see three Australian crews take to the water. The U23 Women’s Four and U23 Men’s Four will both compete in semi-finals, while the U23 Men’s Single Scull, Caleb Antill will race his quarter-final.
Race times for Friday 21 July at World Rowing U23 Championships
U23 Men’s Single Scull – Quarter-Final 3 (Top 3 to semi-finals) 10:50 local time (17:50 AEST)
U23 Women’s Four – Semi-Final (Top 3 to A-Final) 17:39 local time (00:39 AEST)
U23 Men’s Four – Semi-Final (Top 3 to A-Final) 18:00 local time (01:00 AEST)