July 14, 2012
TRAKAI, Lithuania - The penultimate day of competition at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships featured Stanford women's rower Daphne Martschenko taking sixth with the U.S. women's four (W4-) while lightweight rower Liz Fenje and men's rower Austin Hack advanced to the A finals in their respective boats.
In men's competition Austin Hack and partner Dariush Aghai finished third in Saturday's second semifinal, earning the final spot for Sunday's championship final.
Hack and Aghai opened the race fourth but quickly overcame the crew from Belarus to take third by the 1,000-meter mark. The pair trailed leader South Africa by four seconds at that point, and the gap remained the same with 500 meters to go. The South Africans would pull away from the U.S. as well as runner-up France. Hack and Aghai crossed the line in 7:12.29, just over seven seconds behind South Africa and three seconds back of the French.
Competing in the women's four A final and a gold medal, Martschenko and the U.S. crew opened the race fifth out of the six entrants.
The U.S. boat fell into sixth by the halfway point of the 2,000-meter course and could not escape its hole, finishing in a time of 7:34.13. Canada would capture the gold medal followed by Australia and Russia on the medal stand.
Rounding out the Stanford rowers in action, 2012 All-American Liz Fenje and Canadian lightweight double partner Erin Snelgrove advanced to Sunday's championship final with a third-place finish in Saturday's second semifinal.
Fenje and Snelgrove, sitting fourth for the first three-quarters of the race and thus in danger of being left out of the championship final, used a strong push over the final 500 meters to pass Great Britain and gain third position. The pair crossed the line in 7:54.88, nearly four seconds ahead of the British boat and just a second behind runner-up New Zealand. Germany captured the semifinal with a time of 7:48.56.
It will be Fenje's second championship final appearance in three years at the U-23s. Her highest finish was fifth at the 2010 event.