25/05/2014: Day 2 of the European Rowing Junior Championships
In the final day of racing in Hazelwinkel, the Junior Men’s Double Scull of Conor Carmody and David O’Malley were the first Irish crew to compete, racing in the C/D Semi-finals. The crew needed to finish in top three to qualify for the C Final. The crew won their Semi-final in a time of 6:44.0, which meant they progressed through to the C Final later that afternoon.
Lining up against 5 other crews from Turkey, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Sweden and Estonia for the final, the Irish crew won the race in a very tight finish, with 2.2 seconds separating first to fourth place. The Irish crew just edged out the Turkish crew by 0.2 seconds to take the win in a time of 6:48.64.
JM2x Final Placing: 13th/ 23 entries
Having progressed directly to the A/B Semi-finals after finishing second in their heat yesterday, the Junior Women’s Double Scull of Jasmine English and Eimear Lambe needed to finish in the top three of their Semi-final to book a place in the afternoon’s A Final. Unfortunately, a fourth place finish in a time of 7:25.64 meant they just missed out on an A Final place. The Irish crew were just 0.07 seconds behind the Russian crew in 3rd place.
Racing in the B Final later that afternoon, the crew faced another tight race for places 7-12 overall. With only 2.3 seconds separating second to sixth placed crews at the finish, the Irish crew finished in sixth place in the C Final, in a time of 7:41.57.
JW2x Final Placing: 12th/ 17 entries
In the C Final of the Junior Men’s Pair, Brian and David Keohane lined up against three other crews from Hungary, Serbia and Moldova for final placings 13-16 overall. The Pair finished fourth in the C Final, in a time of 7:27.05.
JM2- Final Placing: 16th/ 16 entries
Erin Barry in the Junior Women’s Single Scull also faced a four-boat race in the C Final of her event, against scullers from Denmark, the Czech Republic and Latvia. The Bann sculler finished in third place in the final, in a time of 8.29.07
JW1x Final Placing: 15th/ 16 entries
24/05/2014: Day 1 of the European Rowing Junior Championships
The first Irish crew to race today was the Junior Men’s Pair of Brian and David Keohane. The Pair came fifth in their heat, in a time of 7:30.39, and had to race again in this afternoon’s Repechage. They placed 5th, in a time of 7:34.21, to go into tomorrow’s C Final, for final placings 13th to 16th overall.
The Junior Women’s Double Scull needed to finish in the top two in their heat to progress directly to tomorrow’s A/B Semi-finals. Facing the current World Champions from Romania in their heat, Jasmine English and Eimear Lambe finished in second place in a time of 7:54.10, 9 seconds behind Romanian crew, and progressed directly to the A/B Semi-Finals tomorrow morning.
Conor Carmody and David O’Malley finished in fourth place in their heat of the Junior Men’s Double Scull this morning, in a time of 6:56.91. They went into this afternoon’s Repechage, where they finished in fourth place, in a time of 6:57.55, putting them in the C/D Semi-finals tomorrow morning.
Erin Barry in the Junior Women’s Single Scull cam fifth in her heat, in a time of 8:38.33, and raced again in the Repechage this afternoon, where she finished in 5th place in a time of 9:05.20. She will contest the C Final tomorrow afternoon, for final placings 13th to 16th overall.
The European Rowing Junior Championships takes place this weekend. Heats and repechages will take place tomorrow (Saturday 24th May) and semi-finals and finals will take place on Sunday 25th May.
The Championships are being held at the Hazewinkel Regatta Course, in Willebroek, Belgium- 20km south of Brussels. It is a renowned green rowing lake which has hosted many international events, including the World Championships in 1985, the World FISA Masters Regatta in 2000 and the World U23 Championships in 2006.
The 2014 Championships will see a record number of 450 competitors, from 31 European countries taking part, all 18 years of age or younger.
Rowing Ireland is sending crews to compete at the event for the first time, reflecting the high standard of junior rowers in the country. Seven athletes will represent Ireland in four events.
The Junior Men’s Double Scull of David O’Malley (St Michael’s RC) and Conor Carmody (Shannon RC) face the largest entry of the regatta, with 23 crews set to compete. They will contest one of four heats on Saturday morning (starting at 9:30am Irish time), with the winner of each heat progressing directly to Sunday’s A/B Semi-finals. The rest of the crews will have to contest a Repechage on Saturday afternoon. The two fastest crews from each Repechage will progress to the A/B Semifinals.
Eimear Lambe (Commercial RC) and Jasmine English (Belfast BC) are set to compete against 17 other crews in the Junior Women’s Double Scull. They will need to finish in the top two of their heat for a place in the A/B Semifinals, otherwise they will have to contest a Repechage round, with the top three crews progressing to the A/B Semi-finals. The heats of their event will begin at 9:12am on Saturday.
The Junior Men’s Pair of Brian and David Keohane (both Presentation College BC) face a strong field of 16 crews in their event. The progression system through to Sunday’s Semi-finals will be the same as the Junior Women’s Double Scull. They will be the first Irish crew to race on Saturday morning, in one of three heats starting at 8:54am.
Erin Barry (Bann RC) will compete in the Junior Women’s Single Scull, always a highly competitive event. With 16 crews entered in this event, the progression system will follow the same pattern as the Junior Women’s Double Scull, with three heats starting at 11am on Saturday morning.
The crews will be looking to use this regatta to test their speed against top European Junior crews ahead of the World Rowing Junior Championships and Coupe de la Jeunesse (European rowing regatta) which take place in August. All seven athletes are experienced international competitors, having represented Ireland in 2013 at the Coupe de la Jeunesse (Brian Keohane, John Keohane and Eimear Lambe) and the World Rowing Junior Championships (David O’Malley, Conor Carmody, Jasmine English and Erin Barry).
Live results will be available here throughout the weekend.