Monday, July 31, 2017 - With 11 heats and four repechage races, it was a busy first day for the more than 190 rowers racing on Rabbit Lake.
The lightweight men’s four and women’s eight bookended the morning with the men’s pair featured in the middle competing in preliminary events. Following their races for lane placement, crews will be in their final on Thursday.
The men’s single sculls featured athletes with international experience in Trevor Jones from Ontario and Ty Adams from British Columbia, who raced at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships with Jones taking first place in the same event. Jones, Adams, Thomas Markewich of Saskatchewan and Quentin Basiren of Quebec took the top two spots in their heats and head straight to the A Finals. The repechage, which was raced later in the afternoon, saw Tyrone Nakagawa of Manitoba and Phillip Kirker of Alberta rounding out the A Final.
The women’s quadruple sculls produced some of the most exciting racing of the day, with the top three boats in both heats within three seconds of each other. First two boats in each heat went straight to the A Final which consisted of Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. British Columbia and Saskatchewan join the A Final after placing top two in the repechage.
In the women’s pair, British Columbia and Alberta finished first in their heats, proceeding directly to the A Final. In the competitive repechage, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick placed top four and will race for a medal on Thursday.
With Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta grabbing spots in the A Final, it was a battle between Saskatchewan and Quebec for the fourth spot with Saskatchewan edging Quebec at the end. Quebec placed first in the repechage for a second chance along with Nova Scotia.
Racing continues tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. with the heats for the lightweight women’s double sculls. Heats continue through the morning with the repechage in the afternoon at Kenora Rowing Club.
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