July 24, 2009
RACICE, Czech Republic - Two Huskies raced on day two of the U23 World Rowing Championships, both for the United States.
In the quadruple scull, Hans Struzyna, rowing the United States, helped his crew to a fourth place finish in the second repechage, crossing the finish line in 5:59.26. The Americans, in fifth place at the midway mark, tried to mount a comeback in the last 500 meters. The U.S. scullers passed Egypt to overtake fourth, but could not make a dent in the top three.
In the men's eight, Blaise Didier helped the U.S. to a hard-fought third place showing. The Americans got off to a strong start, sitting in second place at the 500 meter mark. By the halfway point, the U.S. had slipped into third by the slimmest of margins. A quick third 500 put the U.S. back in second place, battling with Estonia for position. The Estonians pieced together a faster sprint than the U.S. did and out-paced the Unites States by almost a length. Didier and his crew crossed the finish in 5:36.69, placing them in the B final, to be held Sunday.
In all, Huskies will row in four races Saturday. The United States men's eight (with Didier) will row in the B final at 12:00pm, local time (3:00 am PDT). The Canadian women's eight races in the repechage at 12:12pm, local time (3:12am PDT) and the top four boats advance to the A final. At 2:50pm local time (5:20 am PDT) Mathis Jessen and Tom Lehmann race in the straight pair A/B semifinal for Germany. The top three boats in that event move on to the A final. Finally, at 3:30pm local time (6:30am PDT) the Canadian straight four (Will Crothers, Max Lang, Anthony Jacob and Conlin McCabe) rows in the A/B semifinal. The top three boats in that race advance to the A final, to be held Sunday.
Adrienne Martelli and the U.S. women's eight advanced directly to the A final Sunday with their win in Thursday's heat race. Martelli's eight posted the fastest qualifying time of any women's eight in any heat.
Stephen Connolly and the Canadian men's eight also advanced straight to the A final on Sunday with his boat's win their heat race.
Complete results and schedules can be found here.