AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – The World Rowing Championships started yesterday in Amsterdam and on Monday a pair of Stanford graduates took to the water for the United States.
David Banks, a 2005 Stanford graduate, and recent graduate Austin Hack helped make up the U.S. men’s eight. The duo had to wait until the second day of competition for their first race, the second of two heats.
With Banks in the two seat and Hack in the four seat, Team USA got off to a good start and were just under a second behind Poland at the 500-meter mark. The U.S. slipped back to third place at the hallway point with Russia moving in front of them by 0.31 seconds.
Russia did not stay in second for long as the Americans took the second spot right back. That is where the U.S. would finish as Poland held the lead throughout to automatically advance to the A Final with a time of 5:39.32. Team USA clocked a 5:42.27 and will now move on to the repechage and quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The final race of the day on Wednesday will be to see who will join Poland and Germany in the A Final and who will slide down to the B Final.