Saturday, July 8, 2017 – Carling Zeeman and the women’s four continued their strong performances in Lucerne to book their tickets to tomorrow’s A Finals.
The women’s four opened racing in the repechage following a second-place finish on the regatta’s first day. With another second-place finish by Hillary Janssens, Susanne Grainger, Christine Roper and Nicole Hare in the Repechage, they claim them a spot in the A Final.
For two crews racing in their first World Cup regattas, Trevor Jones and the men’s four faced strong competition during the first day before both claiming spots in the C Finals. In the men’s four final World Cup 3 race, David de Groot, Martin Barakso, Ryan Rosts and Taylor Perry continued to battle for position in their C Final, crossing the finish line in third. In the men’s single sculls, Jones fought his way from fourth at the 1000 metres to finish in second place. From Lucerne, Jones will then compete at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships and was named to Team Ontario for the Canada Games.
Kai Langerfeld and Will Crothers were the first Canadian crew to race in a semi-final on day 2. Langerfeld and Crothers will compete in the B Final of the men’s pair tomorrow following a sixth-place finish. In the men’s double sculls, Matt Buie and Conlin McCabe stayed in the race for the A Final, just trailing Norway and Argentina for the third spot through the first 1500 metres. Ultimately, Buie and McCabe crossed the line in fifth and moving through to a B Final.
Carling Zeeman, having powered through her heat and quarter finishing first in both, jumped out to a lead off the startline in the women’s single sculls semi-final. Zeeman would finish third, securing a spot in the A Final, Canada’s second of the day. Trading the lead with Switzerland until the last 500m, Zeeman was edged out by the American rowers by 0.26 of a second.
Ellen Gleadow and Jill Moffatt competed in the lightweight women’s double sculls repechage for a chance at tomorrow’s A Final. With a quick start off the line, Gleadow and Moffatt exchanged second place with Switzerland until the final 500 metres. The lightweight double would cross the line in third place and will race in the B Final.
In the semi-finals of the lightweight men’s double sculls, Aaron Lattimer and Patrick Keane finished fifth after a charge in the last 500 metres. Lattimer and Keane will race in the B Final. Following the World Cup, the lightweight double will head to Plovdiv, Bulgaria to compete at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships.
Racing continues tomorrow with A and B Finals in the morning. 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. RCA will bring you live coverage on the Rowing Canada Aviron Twitter feed (@RowingCanada).