Day 1 Ends with Four Crews to Semis

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Friday, July 7, 2017 – Nine Canadian crews took to the water this morning in Lucerne, racing on the Rotsee at World Cup 3. This event was the first international competition of the 2017 season for Canadian crews.

Four crews, the men’s pair, men’s double sculls, women’s single sculls and the lightweight men’s pair (A. Lattimer and Keane) will head to the semifinals with repechages for the women’s four and lightweight women’s double sculls still to come. The men’s four and the men’s single sculls both head to the C Finals.

Kai Langerfeld and Will Crothers opened racing in the men’s pair in a competitive heat against the Sinkovic brothers from Croatia and the European Champions from Italy, Matteo Lodo and Giuseppe Vincino. After pulling ahead of France 2 in the last 500m of their heat, Crothers and Langerfeld secured a spot in tomorrow’s semifinals with a third place finish in the Repechage.

Matthew Buie and Conlin McCabe followed with a second place finish, only behind the World Cup 2 gold medallists from New Zealand. With only the top boat getting a pass to the final, the men’s double sculls crew stormed ahead to a victory in the repechage, moving on to the semifinals.

After finishing sixth in their heat, Dave de Groot, Martin Barakso, Taylor Perry and Ryans Rosts of the men’s four moved to the repechage and just missed out on a semifinal berth, with a fourth place finish. The four will move to the C Final tomorrow.

In the women’s single sculls, Carling Zeeman finished first in both her heat and the quarterfinals. In the quarters, Zeeman made her move quickly jumping from third at the 500m to finally overtake the German rower in the 500m to claim first and move to the semifinals.

Trevor Jones, in his first World Cup regatta, placed second in his heat only to the World Best Time holder Robbie Manson of New Zealand. Through to the repechage, he placed fifth and will race in the C Final.

Following the lightweight men’s double sculls’ heat, Max Lattimer pulled out of competition due to medical reasons. Lattimer and his partner, Hardy, had finished fifth in their heat.

After securing a spot in the repechage, Patrick Keane and Aaron Lattimer of the second lightweight men’s double sculls powered through the initial 1500m, holding onto a strong first place lead. Only in the last 500m were they edged out by Japan and Poland, but placed third to secure a spot in the semifinals.

In the women’s four, Nicole Hare, Christine Roper, Susanne Grainger and Hillary Janssens battled with Australia for the full race as Canada pushed to be the top boat to grab a spot in the A Final. Australia eked out a first place finish by one second. The women’s four will compete in a repechage tomorrow.

Jill Moffatt and Ellen Gleadow of the lightweight women’s double sculls faced off in a competitive heat with World Cup 1 and 2 medallists from Poland and the double from New Zealand which includes Zoe McBride. Finishing four in their heat has moved them into a spot to compete in the repechage tomorrow.

Racing continues tomorrow with repechages and semi-finals in the morning. Startlists, live tracking and audio commentary can be found at worldrowing.com.

RCA will bring you live coverage on the Rowing Canada Aviron Twitter feed (@RowingCanada). CBC will livestream the A Finals on Sunday beginning at 4:20 a.m ET/1:20 a.m. Live coverage of Sunday’s A Finals will be streamed on the World Rowing website.