Rowing: first day of racing at the National Championships

Friday, May 30, 2008 - By: Brian Carr

Friday Races

The Friday heats are being run under a different format this year. In all races the winner of the heat automatically advances to the next round and then, depending on the number of entries, the next 7 to 12 fastest times. The weather today was unsettling with the wind shifting from both directions on the course creating challenges for the crews on the water. It has been very encouraging to see the great support for the crews off the water with the numerous parents that have come to watch their sons and daughters race.

1. Senior Men – Double. The new combination of Riley McCrossan and Andrew Butler gave a valiant effort but failed to qualify for the semi-finals tomorrow.
5. Junior Men 72 kg 4+Racing to a third place finish in the heat, the junior crew did qualify for the semi-finals tomorrow.
10. Junior Women 8+. Leading from the start, the junior girls won by three lengths of open water to qualify for the semi-finals with the fastest heat time.
13. Senior Women - Coxed Four. The senior girls finished second in their heat, but their time was not fast enough to make it to the semi-finals.
21. Senior Men 72 kg 4+. Leading for most of the race, the senior lightweight four hit some rough water in the last 200 m to finish second. Their time however, was the third fastest qualifying time and they will race in the semi-finals tomorrow.
25. Senior Men 4+. This new crew raced a solid first 1000 m before hitting a rough patch falling into fourth position. They were unable to catch up to the three crews in front and finished in fourth place. After waiting for an hour to find out other times, it was announced that, with seven other crews to go through to the semis, the senior four had the eighth fastest time and did not qualify.
35. Junior Women - Coxed Four. Taking the lead 300 m into the race, the Brentwood junior girls crew cruised to a four-length victory and once again finished with the fastest time of the event.
42. Senior Women Double. Quinn Erickson and Rebecca Holland found great rhythm in the middle of the race and went out in front by the 750 m mark. From there, they cruised to a five length victory. They move on to the semi-finals tomorrow.
47. Junior Men 4+. Leading for most of the race, the junior boys went into the final 200 m tied with one other crew. At the line, the horn went off for both crews simultaneously and the crew had to wait for a few minutes before discovering that they had placed second.
52. Senior Men 72 kg Pair. A strong head breeze came up and Pierre Receveaux and Ben Fortson were in tough, finishing out of the places for the semi-finals tomorrow. They put in a courageous effort but were unable to crack the top 12.
61. Junior Men 66 kg 4+. The crew had some rough patches in the middle and finished 5th in their heat and did not qualify for the semi-finals.
73. Senior Women Single. Quinn Erickson was in the fastest heat by 15 seconds finishing 4th. Her time, however, was fast enough to put her into the semi-final tomorrow.

This ended a great day for the Brentwood Rowing Club. Although all 12 crews did not make it to the semi-finals, we still have 13 crews racing tomorrow hoping to make it to the finals on Sunday. Racing starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 am and finishes with the two senior eights at 6:00 pm Saturday evening. I would like to thank Mr. Griffiths and Mr. Ridenour for volunteering their services to be safety boat drivers tonight so that the Brentwood crews could get on the water first for a final tune up for the semi-finals tomorrow.
More news tomorrow!

Brian Carr

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