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Grace Luczak
USA Wins Heat at Worlds
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/27/2014

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – The U.S. women’s eight didn’t let their race being postponed due to weather affect them as they won the first heat on Wednesday at the World Championships.

The heats were originally scheduled for Tuesday, but water conditions from the weather forced them to push back their race to Wednesday.

An extra day of practice seemed to benefit the nine athletes as they led from start to finish to automatically earn a spot in the A Final. With two former Stanford rowers, Eleanor Logan (Seat 7) and Grace Luczak (Seat 5), in the lineup, the Americans cruised to a victory by almost seven seconds over Great Britain. Team USA clocked a 6:20.96 in the race.

By winning the heat, the U.S. avoids the repechage on Thursday and will have three days to rest up and get ready for the A Finals on Sunday, August 31, the final day of competition.

Also competing on Wednesday was junior Filippa Karrfelt. She is racing for Sweden in the women’s double sculls. After placing fifth in the fourth heat on Monday, Karrfelt and her teammate Lovisa Claesson moved to the first race of the reps on Wednesday.

The duo just missed out on reaching the A/B semifinals, as they placed third with a time of 7:41.70. Next up for Karrfelt will be the C/D semifinals on Friday.

The other connection to Stanford at the World Rowing Championships is the lightweight women’s double sculls. Devery Karz and Michelle Sechser are competing in a boat named for Yasmin Farooq, the Cardinal head coach. The “Yaz Farooq” won the second race of the repswith a time of 7:51.00 to advance to the A/B semifinals tomorrow.

Results

Women’s 8+ - Heat 1
1. USA – 6:20.96
2. Great Britain – 6:27.67
3. China – 6:29.92
4. Germany – 6:30.31
5. Netherlands – 6:32.95
6. Belarus – 6:53.69

Women’s 2x – Repechage 1
1. Germany – 7:24.37
2. Ukraine – 7:30.40
3. Sweden – 7:41.70
4. Italy – 7:46.26
5. Bulgaria – 8:09.19

Women’s LW2x – Repechage 2
1. USA “Yaz Farooq” boat – 7:51.00
2. Czech Republic – 7:52.69
3. Denmark – 7:54.18
4. Switzerland – 7:56.40


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