July 25, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The three Wisconsin rowers competing in the 2013 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships opened their competitive schedule on Thursday as the event moved into its second of five days.
The Badger contingent racing in the women's eight, which looks to defend its 2012 title, includes coxswain Kendall Schmidt (Greenfield, Wis.) and Anne Rauschert (Bushnell, Ill.). Schmidt returns to the boat after coxing last year's world under 23 championship eight.
The boat started strong in its title defense, cruising to victory in the second heat and advancing directly to Sunday's final. The American's clocked a 6:15.79 over 2000 meters to sail past second-place Germany, who finished in 6:21.10.
Also beginning his world under 23 championship slate was Michael Lindberg (Milwaukee). His men's lightweight four placed four in the first heat and will row again on Friday in the repechage looking to stay alive for the finals. Lindberg and the Americans crossed the line in 6:06.76, off the place of heat-winning Italy. The Italians earned the lone direct finals qualifying spot with a 6:00.57. Great Britain (6:03.39) and France (6:05.10) finished ahead of USA, but will join the Americans in repechage racing.
Full 2013 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships results can be found here.
Women's Eight (Heat 2 - Winner advances to Sunday final, rest to repechage)
1. USA, 6:15.79; 2. Germany, 6:21.10; 3. Canada, 6:29.05
Badgers - Coxswain Kendall Schmidt, Anne Rauschert
Men's Lightweight Four (Heat 1- Winner advances to final, rest to Friday repechage)
1. Italy, 6:00.57; 2. Great Britain, 6:03.39; 3. France, 6:05.10; 4. USA, 6:06.76; 5. Netherlands, 6:29.91; 6. Russia, 6:36.05
Badgers - Michael Lindberg