World Under-23 Rowing Championships Day One: Roper, Grainger Advance
July 11, 2012
TRAKAI, Lithuania-Three former and current members of the Virginia rowing program were in action as the 2012 World Under-23 Rowing Championships started competition Wednesday (July 11) in Trakai, Lithuania.
Christine Roper (Class of 2011) and senior Susanne Grainger competed in the women’s four (W4-) for Canada and advanced to the grand final at 9:10 a.m., on Saturday (July 14) with a first-place finish in their heat in a time of 6:43.93.
The Canadians, which had Roper in the bow seat and Grainger in seat two, opened up to more than a second lead over Australia by the 500-meter mark and never trailed. The Aussies were second in 6:45.74.
Graduated senior Martha Kuzzy represented the United States with the women’s quadruple sculls (W4x) and finished fifth in the first heat in a time of 6:49.66. Germany won the heat in 6:29.61. The U.S. will now compete in the repechage Thursday (July 12) in an attempt to move on to the grand final, which will be held Saturday.
The World Under-23 Rowing Championships continue Thursday through Sunday. Along with Kuzzy, graduated senior Cara Linnenkohl and junior Carli Goldberg will be in action Thursday for the U.S. in the women’s double sculls, while incoming freshman Holly Nixon will represent Ireland in the same event.
World Under-23 Rowing Championships – Trakai, Lithuania
Women’s Four heats – Christine Roper, Susanne Grainger (CAN) – 1st – 6:43.93
Women’s Quadruple Sculls heats – Martha Kuzzy (USA) – 5th – 6:49.66
3:40 a.m. – Women’s Double Sculls heats – Cara Linnenkohl and Carli Goldberg (USA), Holly Nixon (IRL)
9:49 a.m. – Women’s Quadruple Sculls repechage – Kuzzy