Junior World Rowing Championships: Elisa 7th - Jack 12th
Rotterdam, The Netherlands/August 28: Eliza Kallfelz (Jamestown, RI)[Click on each name for their photo and individual profile] rowed her final race in characteristic style, settled down after her start and maintained constant speed at 31 strokes per minute. Throughout the first 1000 meters she was in second place to Belgium’s Rachel Willaumez. Then, as the scullers challenged each other through the third 500, Eliza powered past Willaumez, who could not sustain her pace. Meanwhile both of the leaders were far ahead of the field. The Belgian sculler tried to catch up with a sprint toward the 2000 meter finish line, but the American sculler from the Narragansett Boat Club was too powerful. Congratulations to Eliza who finished first in 7:51.43; 2nd Willaumez (BEL), 7:54.07; 3rd Ekros (SWE), 8:01.95; 4th Yuan (CHN), 8:03.24; 5th Stojakovic (CRO), 8:03.82; 6th Baumann (SUI), 8:10.73. As the winner of the B Final, Elisa places 7th overall in world women’s junior singles.
Narragansett Boat Club’s Jack Luby (Barrington, R.I.), rowed his final race in the B Final of the Men’s Junior Singles. He gave it all that he could, pushing himself down the 2000 meter course with a stroke rating 33-34 strokes per minute and closing with a final sprint at 36-37, but finishing sixth. Here are the complete results: 1st DeBleser (BEL), 7:02.88; 2nd Krebs (SLO), 7:06.96; 3rd Reim (AUT), 7:09.08; 4th Schwarz (NED), 7:11.21; 5th Farkas (CRO); 6th Luby (USA), 7:13.18.
Yesterday, August 27, both scullers raced in the Semi-Finals for their events. Eliza placed 4th in her Semi. Jack placed 6th in his. Prior to that Jack also had to compete in a quarter final and a preliminary heat before he could get to the Semi. Eliza won her preliminary heat so she advanced directly to the Semifinal. Eliza also raced with her sister in the U23 Women’s Doubles with her sister Emily. So Eliza had a heat, semi, and final for that event as well. Eliza and Emily placed 4th in World Championship U23 Women’s Doubles. Everyone is now due for a break. Congratulations to all of our racers, including Brigid Kennedy, who earlier in the week placed 8th in World’s Lightweight U23 Quadruple Sculls. Congratulations as well to their coaches, Peter Wilhelm and Andrew Kallfelz, and their families. It takes a lot of dedication, work, and support in many ways for each of these athletes to achieve what they have done to race at a world championship level.
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