11 August 2013
Cool, calm conditions for the final day of racing of the World Rowing Junior Championships 2013, after a thunderstorm the night before. A slight tailwind was the prevailing condition for the three Irish crews racing in the finals this morning.
The Junior Men’s Double Scull of Andy Harrington and Jack Casey were the first Irish crew in action, racing in the D Final at 8:00 (Irish time), after finishing fourth in their C/D Semi-final yesterday. They raced crews from Estonia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Croatia and Mexico for final places 19-24 overall. The Irish double put in a solid start, to put them into third place at the 500m mark, with Bulgaria in the lead and Estonia in second place, but only 0.24 seconds ahead of the Irish double. The Irish crew’s customarily strong middle 1000 saw them move through the field into second place, challenging the early leaders Bulgaria. These two boats had moved away from the field by the 1500m mark, 4 seconds ahead of Estonia in third place. With 0.4 seconds between them, the Irish and Bulgarian crews went into the final 500m with very little between them, and in the final sprint for the line, the two boats moved into a clear water lead over the rest of the field. The Bulgarian crew managed to hold onto their lead, but the Irish crew pushed them all the way the line, with a margin of 1.2 seconds between the two boats at the finish. The Irish crew finished in a time of 6:40.35, 20th place overall in this highly competitive event.
JM2x FINAL PLACING: 20th/ 26 entries
In the C Final of the Junior Men’s Quad Scull the 8.42, Ireland’s Quad Scull faced crews from Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Denmark and Japan, for final places 13-18 overall. In their C/D Final Romania had dominated the race from the start, and in today’s C Final it was no different, with their fast start giving them a lead of nearly 2 seconds over Denmark in second place, and they maintained their lead over the rest of the field throughout until the finish.
All five boats behind them were evenly matched coming throught the first 500m, 1.5 seconds between the Danish quad in second place, and the Irish quad in sixth place. The Irish crew stayed in sixth place at the 1000m mark, but with a slim margin of 0.3 seconds between them and the Bulgarian crew in fifth place. All five boats still remained tightly packed at this point, 1.7 seconds separating second and sixth place. The Irish crew slipped back in the field slightly in the second half of the race, and finished in sixth place in a time of 6:09.62, 1.5 seconds behind the Japanese quad in fifth place. This placed the Irish quad in 18th place overall, a respectable final result for the crew of Conor Carmody, John Mitchell, David O’Malley and Patrick Hegarty, all of whom were making their debut at this level.
JM4x FINAL PLACING: 18th/ 24 entries
The last race for Irish crews at this regatta was the B Final of the Junior Women’s Double Scull at 9:06. They faced crews form Slovakia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Austria for final places 7-12 overall. The Irish crews had a fast start, along with Lithuania and Croatia. The Lithuanian crew had a slight lead at the 500m mark, with Ireland only 0.3 seconds behind them and the Croatian crew in third, 0.1 seconds behind them. The rest of the field was over two seconds behind them. As the Irish crew settled into the middle 1000m, they moved into the lead, taking advantage of the slight tailwind on the course with their high stroke rate. They had establishes a 1.3 second lead over the Lithuanian crew in second place by the 1000m mark, stretching this lead even further to 2.4 seconds at the 1500m mark. The Lithuanian crew were not going to be beaten easily, as they pushed back on the Irish crew in the final 500m, but the determined Irish double refused to give up their lead. The Irish crew finished in a time of 7.14.52, 2 seconds ahead of the Lithuanian double. This earned the double a final placing of 7th overall, a fantastic result for Hilary Shinnick and Bridget Jacques, who have delivered outstanding performances at every stage in their final Junior Championships.
JW2x FINAL PLACING: 7th/ 24 entries
10 August 2013
The fourth day of racing in Trakai saw semi-finals and the first finals taking place on Lake Galve in slightly cooler conditions, with a prevailing cross-tail wind on the course. All four Irish crew were racing the today: the JW4x for the last time, in the C Final of their event, while the other three crews raced in the Semi-final stages: C/D Semis for the JM4x and JM2x and an A/B Semi for the JW2x.
After finishing sixth in their Quarterfinal yesterday, Andy and Jack went into the C/D Semi-final of the Junior Men’s Double Scull at 7:58 (Irish time) this morning. They faced Estonia, Bulgaria, France, Russia and USA in this Semi, with the first three crews progressing to the C Final, and the remainder going into the D Final. A fast start from the French crew saw them establish a lead of more than 4 seconds over the rest of the field by the 500m mark. The five other boats crossed the 500m virtually level, with 1.6 seconds between second and sixth place. The Irish double was in third pace at this point, their strongest start so far in this regatta. They held onto third place through the 1000m mark, but only 0.08 seconds behind Russia in second place, and 0.33 seconds ahead of Bulgaria in fourth place. All three boats were chasing the remaining two places in the C Final. A strong third quarter saw the Irish double push into second place, and establish an overlap the French double in first place. They had established a lead of nearly two seconds over Russia in third at this point. However, the Russian crew was coming under pressure from the USA double, which had been moving through the field with negative splits in the second half of the race. The Russian and USA crews sprinted to the line, while the Irish crew fought hard to stay in contention, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Russian and USA crews, who took the last two places in the C Final, with a margin of 0.83 seconds between the USA double in third place, and the Irish in fourth. A disappointing place to finish for Jack and Andy, but a strong performance from them in such a close race from start to finish. They will race in the D Final tomorrow for places 19-24 overall.
The Junior Men’s Quad Scull raced in the C/D Semi-Final at 8:08 today. The withdrawal of the Austrian quad for medical reasons meant there would only be five boats in this race. Ireland lined up against Estonia, Ukraine, Romania and Russia, with the top three crews progressing to the C Final, the other two crews would row in the D Final. The Irish crew found themselves in fourth place at the 500m mark, one second behind the Ukrainian quad in third. The Romanian quad had established a huge lead of 3.2 seconds over the rest of the field by this point, and were never challenged to win this Semi-final, while the Estonian crew found themselves off the pace, and trailed in last place throughout the race. The race was on between Ireland, Ukraine and Russia to take the two remaining spots in the C Final. The Irish crew, fourth at the 500m mark, put in a strong second 500m, to put themselves back in contention for a place in the C Final. At the 1000m mark they had moved into third place, after rowing through the fast-starting Russian crew, and challenged the Ukrainian crew for second place, 0.1 seconds separating them at this point. The Irish crew continued to move away from the rest of the field in the second half of the race, but they were not going to settle for third place, with such a small margin between them and the Ukrainian crew, and they challenged them throughout in the second half. The Ukrainian crew managed to hold onto their slight lead (0.2 seconds at the 1500m mark): their longer, lower rating style contrasting sharply with the high rate and aggressive technique of the Irish crew. The Ukrainian crew continued to maintain this low rate until the final 200m of the race, where they sprinted to the line, and managed to push away from the Irish crew. The Irish quad crossed the line in a time of 6:18.28; 0.71 seconds behind the Ukrainian quad, who they will meet again in tomorrow’s C Final.
The first final for Irish crews would be the C Final of the Junior Women’s Quad Scull, which took place at 9:29, with the Irish crew lining up against Sweden, Estonia, Denmark and Japan for final places 13-17 overall. A solid first 500m from the Irish Quad saw them in third place at the 500m mark, with less than 0.7 seconds between second and fifth place at this point. The Irish crew lost some ground to Estonia and Japan in the second 500m, and slipped back to fifth place. Unfortunately, they were not able to regain their earlier form and get back into the race, and they remained in fifth place for the rest of the race, finishing in a time of 7:25.01. The slow-starting Estonian and Japanese crews had moved through the rest of the field and finished in first and second place respectively. The Irish crew of Fiona Murtagh, Jasmine English, Erin Barry and Bernadette Walsh have performed strongly throughout this competition, despite only recently coming together in this combination.
JW4x FINAL PLACING: 17th/20 entries
In the A/ B Semi-final of the Junior Women’s Double Scull, the experienced double of Hilary Shinnick and Bridget Jacques needed a top three finish against Slovakia, Germany, Romania, Australia and Croatia to book their spot in the A Final tomorrow. They were only Irish crew to make an A/B Semi-final, having earned their place by winning their Repechage with a commanding performance yesterday. The Romanian crew, Junior European Champions in this event, shot out of the blocks to establish a lead of nearly 3 seconds over the rest of the field by the 500m mark. The Irish double were in fourth place at the 500m mark, but with very little between the four crews from second to fifth place.
The margin at the 1000m mark was even closer: Germany crossed the line in second; Croatia were 0.7 seconds behind them; Australia were 0.3 seconds behind Croatia and Ireland were 0.06 seconds behind them, in fifth place overall. All four crews had their sights on a place in the A Final, and only two places would be available for this tightly packed group of four boats.
The Romanian crew continued to maintain their lead of nearly 3 seconds over the rest of the field, and seemed certain to book their place in the A Final, while Slovakia trailed behind the pack in 6th place.
In the second half of the race, the Croatian double lost some ground to the Australian, German and Irish crews, falling back to fifth place. The Australian and German crews had moved away from the Irish double at the 1500m mark, nearly 3 seconds separating the Irish crew in fourth place and the Australian crew in third place. However, the Irish double refused to give up, as they brought the rate up to 38 strokes per minute and sprinted to the finish at the 1500m mark. They closed the gap to 2.08 seconds at the finish line, but it was not enough to earn them a third place finish and a place in the A Final. They will race in the B Final tomorrow for places 7-12 overall.
9 August 2013
The third day of racing at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai saw the race schedule altered slightly to avoid the storms forecast for the afternoon. In a change from the previous two days of racing, a strong tailwind greeted competitors, which saw some very fast times recorded on Lake Galve this morning. The Junior Women’s Double Scull and the Junior Men’s Quad Scull had a break from racing today; they will be back in action for the Semi-finals tomorrow.
The Junior Men’s Double Scull was the only Irish crew to face a Quarter-final round, in one of the most competitive events of the Championships, with 26 entries. They raced at 8:30 (Irish time), in a six boat race against Romania, Lithuania, Great Britain, Russia and Croatia, with the first three finishers going into the A/B Semi-finals and the remainder going into the C/D Semi-finals. The Shandon BC double of Andy Harrington and Jack Casey had had a slow start in their heat on Wednesday, and they found themselves in a similar position today, in sixth place at the 500m mark. Unfortunately, this time they were not able to make up the deficit between themselves and the other crews. They fought it out for fifth place with Croatian double, the lead changing between the two of them throughout the race. The Croatian crew edged out the Irish crew at the finish to take fifth place by 0.5 seconds. The Irish double posted a time of 6:41.41 in this Quarter-final, and will contest the C/D Semi-final tomorrow at 7:58 (Irish time) tomorrow .
The Junior Women’s Quad Scull raced in the C/D Semi-final at 10:00 (Irish time) this morning. They faced Denmark, Japan and Croatia in this race, with all three having posted faster times than the Irish crew in the Repêchages yesterday. Three crews from this Semi would go into the C Final tomorrow; the crew finishing in fourth would go into the D Final. Denmark had moved into the lead by 500m. The other three crews crossed the 500m mark with the Irish crew having a slight lead over Japan and Croatia, but a difference of 0.52 seconds separated all three crews. Japan then moved into second place, while the Irish crew held onto third, and the final qualifying place for the C Final. The Croatian crew put in some strong pushes, trying to overtake the Irish boat, but to no avail. The Irish crew, with a higher stroke rate, managed to push away from them over the second half of the race to book their place in the C Final with a time of 7:03.58, 5 seconds clear of the Croatian quad. They will contest the C Final tomorrow at 9:29 (Irish time), for places 13-17 overall.
8 August 2013
Three Irish crews faced a repêchage round today, to determine their progress to the Semi-final stages of the World Rowing Junior Championships. The top two crews from each Repêchage would book a place in the A/B Semi-finals; the rest of the crews would go into the C/D Semi-finals.
The Junior Men’s Double Scull had a break from racing today, having already secured their spot in Friday’s Quarter-final, with a second place finish in their heat yesterday.
The Junior Women’s Quad Scull was the first of the Irish crews in action today, in a five boat Repêchage at 9:01 (Irish time), where they faced crews from Switzerland, Belarus, Japan and Estonia. The Irish crew found themselves off the pace in this race, crossing the 500m in fifth place. Unfortunately, they could not make up the ground on the rest of the field over the remaining 1500m, and they finished in fifth place, in a time of 7:27.52, to go into the C/D Semi-final at 10:00 tomorrow morning.
Having just missed out a spot in the A/B Semi-finals in the final strokes of their heat yesterday, the Junior Women’s Double Scull went into their Repêchage at 9:43 with a point to prove. They faced Austria, Mexico, Moldova and Israel in this race; in tougher conditions than yesterday, with a strong headwind and bumpy water. Their aggressive style and superior handling of the rough water meant that they dominated this race, establishing a 3 second lead over the Austrian crew in second place by 500m. They continued to pull away from the field over the next 1500m. They were never challenged for first place, and finished in a time of 8:11.85, over 15 seconds ahead of the Austrian crew. They have a break from racing tomorrow, and will compete in the A/B Semi-finals on Saturday afternoon.
Repêchage 1 of the Junior Men’s Quad Scull saw the Irish crew line up against crews from Germany, Poland, Japan and Estonia. It was the German crew who dominated this Repêchage from start to finish, and were never troubled to take the win, and first of the two spots in the A/B Semi-finals. The real race was on behind them, in the battle for second place, and the only remaining route to the A/B Semis. A fast first half from the Polish crew meant it looked like they would be the crew to progress; however, the determined Irish crew were not going to give up without a fight, as they closed the gap between the two crews over the final 1000 metres. A strong push from the Japanese crew saw them push ahead of the Irish crew at the 1500m mark, but the Irish crew kept their composure to move through them. The Polish crew seemed to be running out of steam in the final 500m, while the Irish crew looked to be gaining momentum as they got closer to the line. Unfortunately, it was just too little too late, as the Polish quad managed to hold onto second place, by a slim margin.
A heartbreaking result for the Quad, but a strong performance from them, especially in the final quarter, which saw them move from fourth place (and 2.4 seconds behind the Polish crew) at the 1500m mark, to third place, and 0.12 seconds behind the Polish Quad at the finish, in a time of 6:36.06. They will race again in the C/D Semi-finals on Saturday morning.
7 August 2013
All four Irish crews were in action in the heats of their respective events today, where they experienced a strong cross head wind and temperatures in the high twenties on Lake Galve, Lithuania.
First up was the Junior Women’s Quad Scull, with a recently formed crew of Bernadette Walsh, Jasmine English, Erin Barry and Fiona Murtagh. Their heat was schedued to start at 14:06 Irish time, but another crew’s late arrival to the start (and subsequent disqualification) delayed the race by nealy 10 minutes. This meant that only four out of the five crews scheduled to start in the heat ended up racing. Two crews would progress straight to the A/B Semi from this heat. From the start it was the South African and Czech crews who dominated this race, finishing with clear water over the rest of the field, to progress directly to the A/B Semifinals. The Irish quad fought it out for third place with the Swedish crew, with 1.3 seconds sepaarting the two crews at the 1000m. Unfortunately, the Swedish crew found an extra gear in the second half and were able to pull away from the Irish crew to finish third. The Irish crew finished in a time of 7:34.18, and will will race again tomorrow in the Repechage at 9:01 (Irish time), with two crews to progress to the A/B Semis.
In the Junior Women’s Double Scull, the experienced pairing of Hilary Shinnick and Bridget Jacques started their final Junior World Championships campaign with a heat at 15:12, with one crew to progress straight to the A/B semifinals. The German double shot out of the blocks to establish a lead of nearly 3 seconds over the Irish crew, in second place, at the 500m mark. However they dropped of the pace in the second half of the race and were overtaken by the Irish and Greek crews, who fought it out for the sole qualifying spot. The Irish double held onto first place by a slim margin until the last 100m; where, with both crews charging to the line, a crab brought the boat to a standstill, and the Greek crew were able to seize the semi-final place in the final strokes of the race. The Irish double crossed the line in second place, with their time of 7:45.37 the fourth fastest time of all the heats. They will row again in the Repechage at 9:43 tomorrow, for a place in the A/B Semifinals.
The Junior Men’s Double Scull of Andy Harrington and Jack Casey faced a huge entry of 26 crews in their event at the Championships, their first experience of racing at this level. The progression system from their five-boat heat at 15:42 meant the first four crews would go straight to the Quarterfinals, with the fifth placed crew going through a Repechage. For the first half of the race, it was the Irish crew who looked like they would finish in fifth and go into the Repechage. However, they moved strongly through the field in the second half of the race, passing out three crews to finish in second place in a time of 7:09.75, just over 2 seconds behind the winning Danish crew. They will race again in the Quarterfinals on Friday.
The Junior Men’s Quad Scull faced the same progression system as the Women’s Double in their heat at 15:54, with one crew from their heat going straight to the A/B Semifinals, the rest would face another Repechage round. The crew of Conor Carmody, John Mitchell, David O’Malley and Patrick Hegarty faced a tight race in a field of experienced crews. At the 500m mark there was 1.8 seconds between the Italian boat in first place and the Irish crew in fourth, with all crews going after the sole qualifying spot (and one less race overall). It was the Czech quad who moved into the lead by halfway, and held onto it for the second half to go straight into the A/B Semis. The Irish crew stayed in fourth place for the rest of the race, with 3 seconds to spare over the fifth placed Greek crew at the finish, in a time of 6:36.07. They will race again for a place in the A/B Semifinals at 9:57 tomorrow.
6 August 2013
Four crews will be representing Ireland at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania from 7-11 August:
Junior Men’s Double Scull (26 entries)
Jack Casey (Shandon BC)
Andy Harrington (Shandon BC)
Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull (24 entries)
Conor Carmody (Shannon RC)
John Mitchell (Lee RC)
David O’Malley (St Michael’s RC)
Patrick Hegarty (Skibbereen RC)
Junior Women’s Double Scull (24 entries)
Hilary Shinnick (Fermoy RC)
Bridget Jacques (Belfast BC)
Junior Women’s Quadruple Scull (20 entries)
Bernadette Walsh (Skibbereen RC)
Fiona Murtagh (Galway RC)
Erin Barry (Bann RC)
Jasmine English (Belfast BC)
Event page with detailed information and start lists HERE
Live race tracker with commentary HERE