Five days of racing concluded today at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, with Ireland’s only crew at the event finishing in 7th place overall. Two Cork girls travelled to the Championships to row in a junior women’s double scull – Skibbereen Rowing Club’s Aoife Casey and Lee Rowing Club’s Margaret Cremen. The crew only came together in 2017, but already had international success travelling to Trakai, having won Ireland’s first European medal at Junior level when they won silver at the European Rowing Junior Championships in May.
The Irish double did all that was necessary to reach the A/B semi-final stages, placing third in both their heat on Wednesday 2nd August and their quarterfinal on Friday, earning them direct qualification for the semi-finals. However, here they were pushed to fourth place in the closing stages where again a top three finish was required to reach the medal race – the A Final. Finishing behind Great Britain, Italy and China, Casey and Cremen were to race the B final this morning (Sunday) which determines the 7th to 12th placings.
The Irish crew ended their World Championship campaign in style, leading for the majority of the race despite constant pressure from the French. However they failed to overtake the Irish, who ultimately won the B Final with just under 2 seconds to spare. This placed them 7th overall in the 2017 Championships and is yet another encouraging result from Ireland’s junior rowers on the World stage.
Congratulations to Aoife, Margaret and their coach Dan Buckley on such fantastic performances over the last number of days and a great result.
Sunday 6th August
Saturday 5th August
Friday 4th August
Wednesday 2nd August
JW2x Heat 2 Full Startlist
RESULT: IRL 3rd in Heat and through to Quarterfinals Full Results