July 26, 2007
Strathclyde, Scotland -
Stanford rowers Lindsay Meyer, Mark Murphy, Alex Osborne, Nate Rooks and Silas Stafford were members of the two American crews that won their heats on the first day of competition at the 2007 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Their victories in the women's quad and men's eight highlighted the day for the United States.
Senior Silas Stafford and Nate Rooks ('07) set the rhythm for the victorious men's eight that won the third of three heats to advance directly to Saturday's semifinal. Rowing stroke and seven seats, Stafford and Rooks reprised their role as stern pair for Stanford. Juniors Mark Murphy and Alex Osborne rowed in the heart of the U.S. eight's engine room, in seats five and four. Racing with a broken skeg, the American eight still won their heat with a very legitimate time, crossing the line in a 5:58.92--1.88 seconds ahead of Poland. Canada followed in 6:01.31, with The Netherlands in fourth. Australia and Germany won the other two heats in 5:58.53 and 5:57.25 respectively.
Incoming freshman Lindsay Meyer sat two-seat in the U.S. women's quadruple sculls which clocked the fastest time of the heats to advance to Sunday's final. The U.S. crew got a slow start off the line, but was able to move through the other crews to finish in a 6:47.68. The Netherlands finished second in a 6:50.66, followed by Great Britain, Ukraine and Russia. Germany won the other heat with a time of 6:54.49. Meyer, a member of the 2006 Junior National Team, was a bronze medalist in the single sculls at the 2006 FISA Junior World Championships and will compete in the women's quadruple sculls at the 2007 FISA Junior World Championships next month in Beijing.
Murphy, Osborne, Rooks and Stafford were members of the Stanford men's eight that won a silver medal in a photo finish at the IRA National Championships in June. It was the best performance in school history.
On Friday, seniors Kerry Birk and Steph Morrison, and sophomore Elle Logan will compete in the "Race for Lanes" to determine lane assignments for the women's eight final. Birk and Logan will represent the United States and Morrison will be competing for Canada. The two crews will race alongside one another in lanes two and three, with Belarus, Poland and Germany filling out the rest of the field. All five crews will compete in the final on Sunday, July 29.
In total, 52 nations and more than 700 athletes have entered the 20 events at the 2007 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Racing continues with repechages on Friday and semifinals and finals on Saturday and Sunday.
For daily results and the schedule, visit worldrowing.com.
U.S. Team information can be found at usrowing.org.
Canadian Team information can be found at rowingcanada.org.