July 26, 2009
RACICE, Czech Republic - On the final day of the Under 23 World Rowing Championships, one Husky made it to the medal stand. Rising senior Adrienne Martelli earned silver with the United States women's eight, missing gold by just one second.
The final day of U23 racing was filled with tight races. In the women's eight, less than two and a half seconds separated first through third places. Martelli and the Americans pulled across the line in 6:21.80.
Great Britain was about half a second ahead at the 500-meter mark, with Poland trailing and the U.S. in third. Poland stayed in the silver medal position through the 1000, but the U.S. made a move in the third 500, pulling a few seats ahead of the Polish crew with 500 meters to go. The U.S. boat mounted a strong final sprint, opening a bigger lead over Poland, but couldn't move through Great Britain, who won the race in 6:20.71. Poland finished third in 6:23.16.
Only five seconds separated first through fifth in the men's eight, and only two and a half seconds separated third through fifth. The Canadian boat with Stephen Connolly finished fifth in that race in 5:37.74.
Poland came out on top in an exciting men's eight race that saw three different crews in the lead at different points in the race. Estonia was the early leader, holding a few seats' advantage in the first 500 with Great Britain trailing. The British pulled in front of the pack by the halfway mark and the Estonian crew dropped back to fifth. The Canadian eight moved into second with a strong move in the second 500. Poland made a move in the third 500, taking the lead and dropping Great Britain to second and Germany in a close third, edging the Canadians back to fourth. During the final sprint, Germany made a move to overtake Great Britain for second, but Poland was too far ahead. Australia finished fourth, after making a move of its own, dropping the Canadians back to fifth.
The men's straight four saw another exciting race, with just two seconds separating first through fourth. The Canadian crew of Huskies Will Crothers, Max Lang, Anthony Jacob and Conlin McCabe finished fourth in 5:56.49, exactly two seconds back of gold medalist New Zealand and less than three one-hundredths of a second out of medal contention.
The Canadians took a lead off the blocks, holding a few seats' ledge after the first 500. New Zealand made a move in the second 500, dropping the Canadians back to second, only a few seats back. In the third section, Germany made a push, moving through Canada and into second place, relegating the Canadian crew to third with the U.S. in fourth. The final sprint saw the United States go from fourth to second, finishing a second and a half behind New Zealand. Germany finished third, about a half a second behind the U.S. and the Canadians finished fourth, less than a half a second behind Germany.
In the men's straight pair, Mathis Jessen and Tom Lehmann finished in fifth place rowing for Germany. The pair crossed the finish line in 6:36.61, after holding fifth place throughout the race. Greece took gold in 6:25.34, with Hungary in second (6:28.52) and Serbia earned bronze (6:33.83).