Aug. 21, 2001
Lucerne, Switzerland - All five current members of the Washington rowing team will compete in repechages, or second chance heats, Wednesday at the FISA World Rowing Championships. Competition runs through Aug. 26 on the
John Lorton and the men's quadruple scull finished second in its heat Monday and advanced to Wednesday's repechages. The crew clocked a 5:53.57 to finish 1.78 seconds behind the heat winners from Italy. The Italian crew led from the start, clocking a 5:51.79. Heat winners Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands earned automatic berths in the semifinals, while the remaining crews will race in the repechages.
Lucas Ahlstrand and the men's lightweight four finished third in its heat Monday behind France and Canada, clocking a time of 6:13.09. The U.S. crew now races in the repechages Wednesday for the right to advance to the semifinals. The French boat, which is the same crew that won the Olympic gold medal in Sydney last summer, stroked a 6:07.76 to win the race and earn an automatic berth in the semifinals. Canada, the runners-up at the world cup stop in Munich, finished second with a time of 6:11.90 but will still have to race in the repechages.
The women's eight that features Husky coxswain Mary Whipple (Orangevale, Calif.), Anna Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash.) and Heidi Hurn (Redmond, Wash.) finished third in its heat in a time of 6:17.99 and also races in Wednesday's repechage. The U.S. boat made a strong push over the final 1,000 meters to catch and pass Belarus for the third position. Australia won the heat in a time of 6:12.48, while Romania finished second in a time of 6:13.78. Australia and the other heat winner, Great Britian, advanced directly to the final.
Semifinals for events with enough entries will be held on Thursday and Friday, with the finals on Saturday and Sunday. Last year, the U.S. won seven total medals in the 24 events, three at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and four at the non-Olympic world championships where the non-Olympic events are contested. In 1999, the U.S. won 10 total medals.