Aug. 26, 2013
MADISON, Wis. –- With the 2013 World Rowing Championships opening this past Sunday at Tangeum International Regatta Course in Chungju, South Korea, five former Wisconsin Badgers were scheduled to begin their quests in the first two days of rowing.
Of the five racing, four advanced on the path towards world championship medals, while the fifth will row again on Tuesday in the repechage looking to get back on track.
On Monday, Middleton, Wis., native Vicky Opitz helped the U.S. women’s eight advance directly to Sunday’s final with a victory in the first heat. Over 2,000 meters, the women clocked a 6:03.19 to cruise to heat victory and on to Sunday’s final. The top two boats in the heat advanced directly to the final, while the remaining crews will race again in the repechage. Australia advanced with the Americans to the final with a time of 6:10.94.
In the men’s eight, Ross James (DeKalb, Ill.) moved on to Sunday’s final along with his boat after placing second in heat two. Great Britain won in 5:32.77, with USA second in 5:35.41. The Americans edged France (5:36.22) for the second direct qualifying spot.
Sunday, three Badgers rowed, led by Grant James (DeKalb, Ill.) in the men’s four. James and his boat won heat two in 6:00.69 to outlast Great Britain (6:02.64). Both boats advance directly to Thursday’s semifinal action.
In the women’s lightweight double sculls, Kristin Hedstrom (Concord, Mass.) claimed top honors in heat two to reach Thursday’s semifinal directly. Her boat crossed the line in 7:06.37 to grab one of the two direct semifinal qualifying spots. The Netherlands grabbed the other in 7:09.61.
Finally in the men’s quadruple sculls, Andrew Gallagher (Phoenix) rowed to a fourth place finish in heat 2 and will race again on Tuesday in a last chance to reach the semifinals. The top three crews in the repechage that includes New Zealand, Canada, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Iraq, will advance.
For official 2013 World Rowing Championships coverage, visit worldrowing.com.
2013 World Rowing Championships
Chungju, South Korea
Aug. 25-Sept. 1
Monday, Aug. 26
Women’s Eight (Heat 1 – Top 2 to Sunday final, rest to repechage)
1. USA, 6:03.19; 2. Australia, 6:10.94; 3. Great Britain, 6:12.77; 4. Netherlands, 6:16.45; 5. Italy, 6:30.79
UW Rowers – Vicky Opitz
Men’s Eight (Heat 2 – Top 2 to Sunday final, rest to repechage)
1. Great Britain, 5:32.77; 2. USA, 5:35.41; 3. France, 5:36.22; 4. Italy, 5:50.00; 5. South Korea, 6:09.39
UW Rowers – Ross James
Sunday, Aug. 25
Men’s Four (Heat 2 – Top 2 to Thursday semi, rest to repechage)
1. USA, 6:00.69; 2. Great Britain, 6:02.64; 3. Germany, 6:04.15; 4. Romania, 6:08.06; 5. Canada, 6:11.76
UW Rowers – Grant James
Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls (Heat 2 – Top 2 to Thursday semi, rest to repechage)
1. USA, 7:06.37; 2. Netherlands, 7:09.61; 3. South Africa, 7:14.39; 4. Sweden, 7:19.48; 5. Argentina, 7:32.09
UW Rowers – Kristin Hedstrom
Men’s Quadruple Sculls (Heat 2 – Top 2 to Thursday semi, rest to repechage)
1. Croatia, 5:45.69; 2. Switzerland, 5:51.85; 3. Czech Republic, 5:57.66; 4. USA, 5:58.31; 5. India, 6:16.21; 6. Iraq, 6:24.33
UW Rowers – Andrew Gallagher