Men’s Eight, Women’s Four and Women’s Quadruple Scull all win heats to progress straight to finals; Women’s Double Scull win heat to go semi-finals

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On a beautiful sunny day on the Rotsee, Australia’s Men’s Eight, Women’s Four and Women’s Quadruple Scull all won their heats at World Rowing Cup 3 in Switzerland to progress straight to Sunday’s A-Finals. In addition to these three wins, the Women’s Double Scull of Madeleine Edmunds and Olympia Aldersey, won their heat to progress straight to Saturday’s semi-finals.

Australia’s Women’s Four of Lucy Stephan, Katrina Werry, Sarah Hawe and Molly Goodman, continued the winning ways that saw them claim gold in Poznan at World Rowing Cup 2, by snapping up a victory in their heat and securing a place in Sunday’s A-Finals. Werry and Stephan had doubled up earlier in the day in the Women’s Pair finishing fifth The duo will race a repechage tomorrow in this boat class.

The Women’s Quadruple Scull of Leah Saunders, Genevieve Horton, Rowena Meredith and Caitlin Cronin, won their heat to also book a place straight in Sunday’s A-Final. Meanwhile, Australia’s Lightweight Quadruple Scull, who also raced up a boat class today, finished in third in their heat, so they will race tomorrow’s repechage as well as racing the Lightweight finals.

Australia’s new look Men’s Eight, grabbed victory in their heat to book an automatic spot in Sunday’s A-Final. The crew of Angus Moore, Joshua Hicks, Hamish Playfair, Timothy Masters, Spencer Turrin, Alexander Purnell, Jack Hargreaves, Alexander Hill and coxswain James Rook has a solid race which saw them lead from start to finish in a strong field that included the Netherlands, Romania and New Zealand.

In the Women’s Double Scull, Madeleine Edmunds and Olympia Aldersey, let their competition know they mean business here in Lucerne. The crew led their heat from start to finish and safely booked a spot in Saturday’s semi-finals, where they will face stiff competition for a place in the A-Final from a number of crews, including an in-form New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the Men’s Double Scull of David Watts and Luke Letcher, finished third in their heat so contested the repechage in the afternoon which saw them finish second, after a fantastic battle with Canada, and book a place in Saturday’s semi-finals.

The Men’s Four crew of Darcy Wruck, Simon Keenan, Campbell Watts and Angus Widdicombe finished third in their heat. The young crew then took to the water in their repechage needing a top three finish to make the semi-finals. The crew, stroked by Widdicombe, powered out the start and built as they raced, battling with Denmark and Belarus in the middle of the race for the lead and remaining places. Ultimately, the crew finished in second place and booked a place in Saturday’s semi-finals.

The Men’s Pair of Ben Coombs and Nathan Bowden finished up fifth in their repechage, so will now race the C-Final tomorrow ahead of their A-Final in the Men’s Coxed Pair. Meanwhile, Cameron Fowler put in a valiant effort in the Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls to make the quarter-finals, but finished in sixth place so will now race the D-Final tomorrow. Finally, the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Scull, of Hamish Parry, Redmond Matthews, James Kerr and Sean Murphy finished third in their heat and will contest a repechage tomorrow (Saturday).

Rowing Australia Performance Director, Bernard Savage said: “We’ve had some really positive results today in Lucerne which sets us up well for the rest of the regatta. The crews have prepared well at the AIS European Training Centre in Varese and the results reflect this. However, we are only just past heats and have plenty more racing to come before Sunday’s A-Finals.”

Listed below is the results of the full Australian Rowing Team and the schedule of races for Saturday 8 July

Australian Rowing Team Results from Friday 7 July at World Rowing Cup 3:

Men’s Pair (Coombs and Bowden): Fifth in Heat, Fifth in Repechage. Progress to C-Final.
Women’s Double Scull (Aldersey and Edmunds): First in Heat. Progress to semi-finals.
Men’s Double Scull (Letcher and D Watts): Third in Heat. Second in Repechage. Progress to semi-finals. Lightweight Men’s Single Scull (Fowler): Fifth in Heat. Sixth in quarter-finals. Progress to D-Final.
Women’s Pair (Werry and Stephan): Fifth in Heat. Progress to Repechage.
Men’s Four (Wruck, Keenan, C Watts and Widdicombe): Third in Heat. Second in Repechage. Progress to semi-finals.
Women’s Four (Stephan, Werry, Hawe and Goodman): First in Heat. Progress to A-Final.
Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Scull (Parry, Matthews, Kerr and Murphy): Third in Heat. Progress to Repechage.
Women’s Quadruple Scull (Saunders, Horton, Meredith and Cronin): First in Heat. Progress to A-Final.
Women’s Quadruple Scull 2 (James, Arch, Miansarow and Nesbitt): Third in Heat. Progress to Repechage.
Men’s Eight (Moore, Hicks, Playfair, Masters, Turrin, Purnell, Hargreaves, Hill and Rook): First in Heat. Straight to A-Final.

Australian Rowing Team races for Saturday 8 July:
Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Scull (Parry, Matthews, Kerr and Murphy) – Repechage at 09:55 local time (17:55 AEST)
Lightweight Men’s Single Scull (Fowler) – D-Final at 10:30 local time (18:30 AEST)
Men’s Pair (Coombs and Bowden) – C-Final at 11:05 local time (19:05 AEST)
Women’s Quadruple Scull 2 (James, Arch, Miansarow and Nesbitt) – Repechage at 13:23 (21:23 AEST)
Women’s Pair (Werry and Stephan) – Repechage at 13:30 local time (21:30 AEST)
Women’s Double Scull (Aldersey and Edmunds) – Semi-final at 13:51 local time (21:51 AEST)
Men’s Double Scull (Letcher and D Watts) – Semi-final at 14:12 local time (22:12 AEST)
Men’s Four (Wruck, Keenan, C Watts and Widdicombe) – Semi-final at 14:26 local time (22:26 AEST)
Men’s Coxed Pair (Coombs, Bowden and Rook) – A-Final at 16:15 local time (00:15 AEST)
Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull (James, Arch, Miansarow and Nesbitt) – A-Final at 17:15 local time (01:15 AEST – Sunday)