All four Australian crews set to race tomorrow (Friday) in repechages and quarter-finals

Day two of the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Lithuania saw warm and humid conditions once again. The Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull, who were the first Australians racing on Lake Galvé today (Thursday), finished in third in a thrilling heat that will now see them contest a repechage tomorrow in a bid to make Saturday’s semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Junior Women’s Eight took to the water just before midday and finished in fifth place in their heat and will contest the repechage tomorrow in a bid to make Sunday’s A-Finals.

The Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull of Daniel Samus, Jackson Kench, Harry Crouch and Lachlan Stevenson featured in the fourth heat of the day of their boat class, taking on crews from Greece, Italy, Poland, Ukraine and Estonia.

Needing a top two finish to automatically make the semi-finals, and avoid Friday’s repechage, the crew, coached by Sydney Rowing Club’s Jason Baker, were quick out the start and as the crews approached the halfway mark, Italy were leading with Poland and Australia duking it out for second place.

At the 1500m marker, the Australians upped their stroke rate to 40 per minute, and were bow ball to bow ball with the crew from Poland in a bid to take the second place. However, as the crews approached the line, Greece crept up on the outside and snuck in ahead of the Australians to take second place, by a mere 0.17 of a second forcing the Australian crew into tomorrow’s repechage.

The Junior Women’s Eight, made up of Victorians Jessica Thompson, Georgia Thomson, Mimi Tuddenham, Emmie Frederico, Brigid McKeagney-Douglas, Ruby Gioulekas, Sophie Blason, Jane Perrignon and coxswain Phoebe Georgakas were the second Australian crew to race in Lithuania today.

Needing a top two finish to automatically make the A-Final, the crew, coached by Alison Crowe of MLC Kew, were drawn in Lane 3 against strong crews including race favourites, Romania.

Powering out the start at 46 strokes per minute, the Australians kept with race leaders Romania and Belarus and as they reached the halfway mark were in third. As the crews reached the 1500m mark, the Australians began to drop back out of contention with the battle for second place taking place between Belarus and China.

Sensing that the top two automatic qualification spots were out of their hands in this race, with less than 250 metres, the Australians crossed the line in fifth place and will contest the repechage tomorrow in a bid to make Sunday’s A-Finals.

All four Junior Australian Rowing Team crews will race tomorrow, with the Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull and Junior Women’s Eight contesting repechages, while the Junior Men’s and Women’s Double Sculls will contest their respective quarter-finals.

Australian crews racing on Friday 4 August

Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull, Repechage – 11:12 local time (18:12 AEST). Top three to semi-finals
Junior Men’s Double Scull, Quarter-Final – 11:30 local time (18:30 AEST). Top three to semi-finals
Junior Women’s Double Scull, Quarter-Final – 11:54 local time (18:54 AEST). Top three to semi-finals
Junior Women’s Eight, Repechage – 12:12 Local time (19:12 AEST). Top two to A-Finals