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Spectacular Europeans for GB Rowing Team

2015-05-31 09:08
Source Channel:  GB Rowing Team Source Link: http://www.britishrowing.org/news/2015/may/31/spectacular-europeans-gb-rowing-team

The GB Rowing Team secured a spectacular medal tally of 10 medals at the European Championships today, moving from the two golds of a year ago to six of which four came in Olympic class events.

The 52-strong squad defended the men’s four and women’s pair golds from last year and added new winners in the lightweight women’s double, men’s open and lightweight pairs and the lightweight women’s single scull.

Whilst some of the top nation in rowing are from outside Europe, this was still an eye-catching performance. Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director said: “I am really impressed with our team performances today. It is a cracking start to the Olympic qualifying season. We still have some improvements to make but it’s good to start the season top of the European medal table”.

In one such crowd-stunning performance Kat Copeland added European gold to her Olympic title, this time racing with Charlotte Taylor. The GB lightweight women’s double put on a huge turn of speed before halfway to take a massive lead and hold onto it to win.

“We just stayed minute by minute in our lane and focussed on what we had to do. It feels great”, said Taylor. Copleand added: “That was a big step on from our semi. We didn’t want to be dropped early, so we went out fully committed and stuck to it and it really paid off”.

Britain might have a much changed men’s four in 2015 to the 2014 version but the European title is still coming back to the UK after Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Scott Durant Alan Sinclair and Tom Ransley led from the outset to win in Poznan by 5:55.70 from Greece in silver and Belarus in bronze.

“We have a great tradition in this boat class as a nation so it’s great to take up that mantle and win here”, said Ransley.

James Foad and Matthew Langridge held off a blistering French finish to claim the men’s pair gold in a time of 6:27.89 to add a European title to their World silver from 2014. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning added the equivalent women’s title so that they are now the reigning World, Olympic and European Champions. For Glover it was a second European crown as she won 12 months ago with Polly Swann.

“It was a great way to kick star the season”, said Stanning. “Now we will look to improve in everything that we do”.

“We made that a bit harder than it should have been” said Langridge of the late French challenge.

The GB Rowing Team also seem to have found a very promising lightweight men’s double scull combination in Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher who were second only to the outstanding 2014 crew from France, now twice European Champions.

Jack Beaumont, racing as a sub for Charles Cousins, in the British open weight men’s quad ended his first Europeans with a bronze alongside Peter Lambert, Sam Townsend and Graeme Thomas from a tough field that included five of last year’s World Championships finalists.

Thomas said: “Massive credit to Jack, he has stepped in very professionally. He is only 21 and I would say to all the young rowers out there watching, look at the determination Jack has got.

Katherine Grainger, the much-medalled Olympian,, marked her return to racing after a two-year gap with a bronze medal alongside Vicky Thornley in the open women’s double scull. They battled Lithuania for the silver in the middle of the race before losing out. Poland took the gold.

“It’s alright. It’s a start. We are improving, that’s the word I’d use”, said Grainger. Thornley added: “It was good to get on the podium but we have a long way to go”.

The men’s eight added an exciting finale as they took silver behind their arch-rivals Germany but held off Russia in the dying 150m. Whilst not the overall colour of medal that the eight might covet, as reigning World Champions, it was a spectacular turn round from their poor performance in the heats.

There were fourth place finishes for the lightweight men’s four, the open women’s quad and the open men’s single scull. GB’s women’s eight were challenging for a medal before they crew caught a boat-stopping crab and dropped back to fifth.

Earlier the lightweight men’s pair of 2012 Olympic silver medallist Peter Chambers, Richard’s younger brother, and senior international debutant Joel Cassells came through a titanic battle with the French to take gold and open the whole GB medal account for the day. Imogen Walsh, whose winter’s training was disrupted, added gold in the lightweight women’s single scull after a tough battle with Sweden’s Emma Fredh.

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Poznan’s Lake Malta was bathed in sunshine as the finals session got underway with the flags fluttering in a lighter cross-tail wind than on previous days.

The lightweight men’s pair of Joel Cassells and Peter Chambers, both from Coleraine, were first in action for GB in the finals. They got off to a good start and took an early lead with the fast-starting Greeks. By 500m gone the British duo were half length up on the French in second with Greece having dropped back into third.. As the race moved through halfway the GB boat still had a half-length lead over the French. Spain came up to take third.

In the final 500m it was clear that the battle would be between the French and the British. France launched an attack and the British boat dug in and responded. Stroke by stroke the crews battled to the line with the British taking the verdict in 6:28.58 - a new European best time - to France’s 6:28.88. Germany were third.

Cassells said: “We knew the French would come back at us but felt we had enough to hold them off. It feels really great”.

Chambers added: “I’m not used to getting the final 250m of a race and feel comfortable. That made a big difference”.

Zak Lee Green made his international senior debut at last year’s World Championships in Amsterdam, having finished his dentistry studies and qualified he has been training with the squad and proved his tenacity in difficult conditions in the semis here in Poznan. In today’s finals he got off to a solid start and held second with the race led by Pierre Houin of France.

The Frenchman increased his lead and Lee Green dropped back to fourth with Serbia in third and Slovakia in second.That’s how it all finished with Lee Green just missing out on the medals to finish in 7:02.87.

Imogen Walsh was in the lightweight double last session, taking world cup medals, but has moved to the lightweight single this year. The Inverness rower found the windy conditions tough yesterday but still bagged a qualifying place for today’s final. Drawn in lane six today, she put herself into a good position in the opening 500m still in contact with the leading boats from Cyprus, Sweden and Germany.

By halfway, she still had the overlap on the Swedish boat alongside her and was moving back on the top boats with Sweden and Germany now head to head at the front of the field. As the crews came in sight of the grandstand Walsh had edged and edged back into the reckoning, ahead of Germany but still marginally behind Sweden.

British pulses were racing in the grandstands as Walsh fought past the Swede and into the lead only for Emma Fredh to counter strongly. At the line, it was close but victory went to Walsh in 7:37.37 to Sweden’s 7:37.57 - just two tenths in it.

“Winning in the single is a massive achievement especially after the winter i’ve had with illness meaning that I was out of the boat quite a bit. I just kept my eyes on the Swedish girl alongside me and that seemed to work”, said Walsh.

Londoner Melanie Wilson juggled studying for medical finals with her rowing training earlier this year before being selected into the GB women’s quadruple soul for the Europeans where she joined Tina Stiller, 2010 World Champion Beth Rodford from Glouceeter and Todmorden’s former World Junior Champion Jess Leyden.

The British boat qualified for today’s final via a repechage third place finish and were drawn in lane 6. They made a decent start in a race in which Germany, the reigning World Champions and world best time holders were favourites to win. Poland, the world cup silver medallists early this month were drawn alongside the British crew.

At halfway the British women had pulled back up into third place with Ukraine and the Netherlands challenging them closely. Out front Germany and Poland were having a ding-dong battle.

In the final 500m the Dutch put on a spurt to move past the GB women who battled hard but could not gain back the momentum to finish in fourth in 6:21.07. The Dutch also rowed through the Poles to take silver behind Germany consigning the home crew to bronze.

James Foad and Matt Langridge, the reigning World Silver medallists, put their marker down early here in Poznan by qualifying direct to the final with a heat victory. They were in lane 3 today alongside Germain Charmin and Dorian Mortelette of France, the 2012 Olympic silver medalists, and flanked by Milos Vasic and Nenad Bedik of Belarus.

Southampton’s Foad and Northwich’s Langridge were in the pack from the start and then emerged to take an early lead. It was clear they wanted to control the race from there with the Serbs and the French in their wake about half a length down. The effort was etched in on the British faces as the Serbs clawed back some territory to be just a canvas behind. The British boat responded and moved out a little again. James Foad risked a look around to both sides as the pace hotted up and the Serbs and GB boat moved out ahead.

By 1500m Foad and Langridge had a length lead and looked untouchable but the French had other ideas as they flew up into contention with a blistering finish only to see the British duo hang on and win in 6:27.89.

“We made that harder than it needed to be”, joked Matt Langridge afterwards. For Foad it was the end of recovery from a broken bone in his foot six weeks ago. ‘We knew we had the opportunity to win here, we just needed to put in a good performance”, he said.

Coleraine’s Richard Chambers and Chester-Le-Street’s Will Fletcher put in an eye-catching turn of speed to win their semi-final and line up in today’s final alongside France’s reigning European Champions Stany Delayer and Jeremie Azou who were the stand-out crew in last year’s event.

Today the British duo got a good start and were neck and neck with the French after 500m gone. In the second 500m the French had eased out to a tenth of a second lead with Norway, former World Champions, challenging in third. By the three-quarter mark it was clear that the French were in a class of their own as they moved out to a length lead. Now it was the British duo’s task to fend off the chasing pack which they did by half a length over Norway to take sliver in 6:14.33.

Will Fletcher said: “I”m very, very happy with how it’s gone, it’s been a while since I had a medal. The four seems so long ago and it’s a better colour as well. That’s the first time that we as a combination have had a crack at the French. The have been together a lot longer than and were probably able to conserve more energy than we did in the other races but that is something we can work on before the big one in Aiguebelette”.

Charlotte Taylor is a relative newcomer to rowing, having taken it up when she moved to London to make new friends. She has since had a meteoric rise and now finds herself in the GB lightweight women’s double scull with Kat Copeland. They reached the final in second place behind Fini Sturm and Marie Louise Draeger of Germany who charged out quickly but were almost caught at the end of that race.

Today Teeside’s heroine Copeland and Bedford’s Taylor were out front with clear water between them and the chasers after putting a blistering turn of speed into the mix early in the race. Germany and Poland were tussling behind them for second at this juncture. The obvious question was whether the British boat had gone out too hard too soon. Watched by coach Paul Reedy cycling on the bank, the GB boat on the far side continued to hold their rhythm and their place and went on to win in 7:00.71 to reverse the semi-final result with Germany finishing in 7:05.27 to take sliver and Poland won bronze.

“We knew that things had been going well in training but you never want to take anything for granted”, said Taylor. “We just stayed minute by minute in our own lane today and it paid off”.

Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Alan Sinclair, Tom Ransley and Scott Durant, in the GB men’s four, made sure of a final place today by winning their heat on Friday. Ransley and O’Donnell are reigning men’s eight World Champions whilst Durant and Sinclair won World coxed pair silver in 2014.

Today they had the task of staging a defence to the title won for GB in 2014 by Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Moe Sbihi and Alex Gregory. Drawn in lane three between Greece and Belarus they got out quickly, took the lead and then toughed it out at the front of the field to win in 5:55.70.

“We have a great tradition in the men’s four and so it’s great to carry on that mantle”, said Tom Ransley. “Being European Champion feels good”.

Sinclair added: “That is my first gold at a major championships, so to say I am looking forward to building on that during the season is pretty special. It is the start of a new project and we feel it has been going well in training but you can never put any definition on that until you produce a result”.

O’Donnell added: “We have got more to find but winning gold is a nice way to start the season. This is a pretty similar four to the one we had in 2013 but we are definitely bigger and stronger. We have all been PBing in training during the winter, training has been going well and we are a better four.
 
Penzance’s Helen Glover and Lossiemouth’s Heather Stanning have taken no chances here and have progressed fluidly to the final of the women’s pair with a heat and semi-final win. Here the World and Olympic Champions were drawn between the 2014 European silver medallists Cristina Grigoras and Laura Oprea of Romania and the Dutch Elisabeth Hogerwerf and Olivia van Rooijen.

From the start, Glover and Stanning were in outstanding form to win the title by several boat lengths from the Dutch and Romanians. They set a European best time by more than five seconds of 6:58.28.

Stanning said: “That was a great way to kick start our season. Having a Championships event with Europe is really important as rowing is so strong in Europe although in our particular event a lot of the top crews are from around the world”.

Glover aaid: “Today we were really focussed on the task and had respect for the crews around us but this season, I guess, is about seeing which crews might come in during the big events and challenge for Rio”.

Jack Beaumont, Sam Townsend, Graeme Thomas of Preston, and Maidenhead’s Peter Lambert qualified for today’s final by setting a European best time in winning their repechage. The latter trio are reigning World and European silver medallists but with a disputed run-up due to injury for Charles Cousins, the GB boat here is an unknown quantity.

In today’s final they faced the European and World Champions from the Ukraine and the German winners of World Cup 1 earlier this month. Russia though were the early leaders and were still out front with three-quarters of the race gone. Ukraine were second on the far side wit the GB boat locked into a battle for third place with Poland.

It was a battle they won in 5:46.89 to secure bronze. Russia took the gold in 5:45.61 with Ukraine holding off a great surge from GB to take silver in 5:46.26.

“All credit to the guys”, said Sam Townsend afterwards. “With five of the six crews from last year’s World final in the field even getting to the final with the changes we have had - Jack coming in as a new guy and the swap of seats - would have been an achievement but to be challenging the front runners was more than we could have expected”.

Lambert added: “It’s great that we can put in a new man and still make the medals”.

Beaumont said: “We gave it everything and it’s not quite where we wanted to be but for me to win a medal after just ten days in the quad is pretty good. It has all been very positive and I am really happy with how it has gone”.
 
It’s not much different to competing at a junior or U23 Championships, to be honest. This is what I have been preparing for since I was a junior.
 
Graeme Thomas added: “I am pleased with that. As we have seen with the rest of the men’s heavyweights during this regatta, the performances have been slowly building. This was only our 3rd 2k as a crew and we were up there competing against some of the best in the world. Massive credit to Jack, he has stepped in very professionally. He is only 21 and I would say to all the young rowers out there watching, look at the determination Jack has got”.

At the other end of the experience scale, Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger, from Glasgow, faced a tough test for her first international race since the 2012 Games, this time with Wrexham’s Vicky Thornley. The duo are racing in a field which includes the 2013 World Champions from Lithuania and the 2014 European Champions from Poland.

Knowing that they have a season-long project on their hands, Grainger and Thornley are learning and improving with each race. Today though it was Poland that made the early running tracked by Germany and Lithuania. For a while, in the middle of the race, Thornley and Grainger moved up into the silver medal position but Lithuania proved too strong at the finish. So it was Poland in gold in 6:55.58, Lithuania in silver and GB in bronze in 6:59.63.

The GB Rowing Team’s lightweight men’s four, stroked by Wrexham and Chester’s Chris Bartley, and featuring Birmingham’s Mark Aldred, Maidenhead’s Jonno Clegg and Kirriemuir’s Sam Scrimgeour, reached today’s final with a second place in the semis to the reigning champions from Denmark.

In today’s final the quartet lined up with the 2014 bronze medallists from France and the London 2012 crew from Switzerland. Agonisingly they were rowed out of the medals in a race won by Switzerland with France in silver and Denmark in bronze. Britain’s time of 5:55.750 was just two seconds off a medal.

Rosamund Bradbury, Olivia Carnegie Brown, Lucinda Gooderham, Donna Etiebet, Jess Eddie, Louisa Reeve and Zoe Lee were coxed in the GB Rowing Team women’s eight by Zoe de Toledo who was back in her selected seat, having recovered from illness. In the repechage the British women showed their mettle with a storming start before going onto win. and qualify for today.

In the final they were drawn alongside the 2014 Champions Romania with Russia also won of the crews to watch. The GB boat put themselves in medal contention behind the leading Russians and tracking the second-placed Dutch. They seemed to have Romania, champions at this event since 2007, well under control until the final 500m when the British crew slumped back into fifth in 6:18.19

It transpired that the crew had “caught a crab” which meant that the boat speed died and there was no option of getting them back into medal contention from that point.

Angus Groom from Guildford is having the time of his life out here in Poznan. He qualified for today’s final on his senior debut in this event and could hardly believe it yesterday as he took the third qualifying slot in the semis in a race which set a European best time.

Today he was drawn in lane one with European best time holder Damir Martin and the defending European Champion Ondrej Synek amongst the favourites to win.

Groom was fifth at the 500m mark and had not lost contact with the leaders. Croatia were leading and the Czech Republic in second. The young sculler did not lose his composure, kept his rhythm and added a bit of distance on Belgium in sixth. In a dramatic third 500m the Lithuanian Mindaugas Griskonis pulled up sharp and dropped out of the race.

Groom moved up on the Norwegian former Olympic Champion Olaf Tufte and challenged him briefly before fading back 20m from the line. The race was won in a new European best of 6:41.65 by Croatia’s Martin who was six seconds faster than yesterday and Groom set a new PB in 6:49.02.

Matt Gotrel (Chipping Campden), Stewart Innes (Henley-on-Thames), Nailsworth’s Pete Reed, Leeds’ Paul Bennett, Surbiton’s Mohamed Sbihi, Wormington’s Alex Gregory, George Nash (Guildford), Will Satch (Henley-on-Thames) and cox Phelan Hill (Bedford) were winners of their repechage of the men’s eight to qualify for today’s final.

In the heats Russia were the stand-out crew and were drawn alongside the British today. Germany, beaten to the World title by GB in 2013 and 2014, were in lane four.

The British crew got a decent start but the Germans and the Dutch were quickest in the opening 100m. Russia were in the mix too in what looked set to be a cracking race.

By the 500m mark the British crew had pulled up into second place and were challenging the Germans. At the halfway there was 0.02 seconds in it. Britain first by the width of a few credit cards. That’s when the Germans did the damage, though. They put in a big surge and took a powerful lead as the GB boat battled and battled with the Russians and came through to take silver in a complete reversal of their Friday fortunes.

Matt Gotrel said: "In terms of the weekend, we feel we have learnt a lot. There has been a good step up from day to day, race to race. We are pleased to come away with a medal – it puts us in good shape for the summer and it will be exciting to see where we go from here".

In the B Finals Jonny Walton and John Collins were fifth at 500m gone but put in a strong finish to take second in 6:21.72 behind the Serbians with Denmark in third. Frances Houghton was fourth in the open women’s single scull.

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RESULTS

(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. For full results - www.worldrowing.com)

FINAL A/B

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair – Final A

1. Helen Glover/Heather Stanning (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:58.28
2. Elisabeth Hogerwerf/Olivia van Rooijen (Netherlands) 7:04.98
3. Cristina Grigoras/Laura Oprea (Romania) 7:12.56
4. Noemi Kober/Marie Le Nepvou (France) 7:13.82
5. Hedvig Rasmussen/Anne Andersen (Denmark) 7:16.43
6. Anna Wierzbowska/Maria Wierzbowska (Poland) 7:20.16

Eight – Final A

1. Russia 6:08.06
2. Netherlands 6:09.70
3. Romania 6:12.99
4. Germany 6:15.52
5. Rosamund Bradbury/Olivia Carnegie-Brown/Lucinda Gooderham/Donna Etiebet/Jessica Eddie/Louisa Reeve/Katie Greves/Zoe Lee/Zoe de Toledo (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:18.19
6. Belarus 6:25.31

Single scull – Final B

1. Lisa Scheenaard (Netherlands) 7:38.25
2. Julia Michalska (Poland) 7:40.15
3. Julia Richter (Germany) 7:41.25
4. Frances Houghton (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:45.07
5. Eveline Peleman (Belarus) 7:47.16

Double scull – Final A

1. Magdalena Fularczyk/Natalia Madaj (Poland) 6:55.58
2. Donata Vistartaite/Milda Valciukaite (Lithuania) 6:57.08
3. Vicky Thornley/Katherine Grainger (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:59.63
4. Julia Lier/Mareike Adams (Germany) 7:02.55
5. Ekaterina Karsten/Yuliya Bichyk (Belarus) 7:04.88
6. Olena Buryak/Anastasiia Kozhenkova (Ukraine) 7:07.81

Quadruple scull – Final A

1. Annekartin Thiele/Marie-Catherine Arnold/Carina Baer/Lisa Schmidla (Germany) 6:18.93
2. Nicole Beukers/Chantal Achterberg/Inge Janssen/Carline Bouw (Netherlands) 6:19.54
3. Agnieszka Kobus/Joanna Leszczynska/Maria Springwald/Monika Ciaciuch (Poland) 6:20.87
4. Melanie Wilson/Tina Stiller/Beth Rodford/Jessica Leyden (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:21.07
5. Natalia Kovalova/Daryna Verkhogliad/Ievgeniia Nimchenko/Nataliya Dovgodko (Ukraine) 6:27.54
6. Alice Mayne/Eleonore Dubuis/Daphne Socha/Chloe Poumailloux (France) 6:37.00

OPEN

MEN

Pair – Final A

1. James Foad/Matt Langridge (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:27.89
2. Germain Chardin/Dorian Mortelette (France) 6:28.16
3. Milos Vasic/Nenad Bedik (Serbia) 6:28.94
4. Jakub Podrazil/Lukas Helesic (Czech Republic) 6:33.33
5. Adrian Juhasz/Bela Simon Jr (Hungary) 6:33.55
6. Onat Kazakli/Fuad Rafail (Turkey) 6:41.93

Four – Final A

1. Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell/Alan Sinclair/Tom Ransley/Scott Durant (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:55.70
2. Ioannis Tsilis/Dionysios Angelopoulos/Georgios Tziallas/Ioannis Christou (Greece) 5:57.00
3. Vadzim Lialin/Dzianis Mihal/Mikalai Sharlap/Ihar Pashevich (Belarus) 5:57.67
4. Javier Garcia Ordonez/Jaime Canelejo Pazos/Marcelino Garcia Cortes/Antonio Guzman Del Castillo (Spain) 5:57.76
5. Harold Langen/Peter van Schie/Vincent van der Want/Govert Viergever (Netherlands) 5:59.85
6. Johannes Weissenfeld/Alexander Egler/Maxiilian Planer/Felix Wimberger (Germany) 6:00.28

Eight – Final A

1. Germany 5:24.23
2. Matt Gotrel/Stewart Innes/Pete Reed/Paul Bennett/Mohamed Sbihi/Alex Gregory/George Nash/Will Satch/Phelan Hill (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:26.29
3. Russia 5:27.34
4. Poland 5:30.74
5. France 5:32.02
6. Netherlands 5:33.03

Single scull – Final A

1. Damir Martin (Croatia) 6:41.65
2. Ondrej Synek (Czech Republic) 6:46.40
3. Olaf Tufte (Norway) 6:46.61
4. Angus Groom (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:49.02
5. Hannes Obreno (Belarus) 7:29.37
6. Mindaugas Griskonis (Lithuania) 7:59.04

Double scull – Final B

1. Marko Marjanovic/Aleksandar Filipovic (Serbia) 6:20.82
2. John Collins/Jonathan Walton (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:21.72
3. Frank Steffensen/Sophus Johannesen (Denmark) 6:22.75
4. Zygimantas Galisanskis/Martynas Dziaugys (Lithuania) 6:25.02
5. Gints Zunde/Dairis Adamaitis (Latvia) 6:27.57
6. Bendeguz Petervari-Molnar/Gergely Papp (Hungary) 6:29.51

Quadruple scull- Final A

1. Vladislav Ryabcev/Pavel Sorin/Viacheslav Mikhaylevskiy/Sergey Fedorovtsev (Russia) 5:45.61
2. Dmytro Mikhay/Artem Morozov/Olexandr Nadtoka/Ivan Dovgodko (Ukraine) 5:46.26
3. Jack Beaumont/Sam Townsend/Graeme Thomas/Peter Lambert (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:46.89
4. Mateusz Biskup/Dariusz Radosz/Miroslaw Zietarski/Wiktor Chabel (Poland) 5:48.37
5. Dominykas Jancionis/Rolandas Mascinskas/Aurimas Adomavicius/Vytautas Lapatiukas (Lithuania) 5:49.05
6. Patrick Leineweber/Karl Schulze/Lauritz Schoof/Hans Gruhne (Germany) 5:49.34

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single scull – Final A

1. Imogen Walsh (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:37.37
2. Emma Fredh (Sweden) 7:37.57
3 Judith Anlauf (Germany) 7:41.82
4. Anna Ioannou (Cyprus) 7:44.77
5. Anastasiia Ianina (Russia) 7:47.09
6. Sonata Petrikaite (Lithuania) 7:47.23

Double scull – Final A

1. Charlotte Taylor/Kat Copeland (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:00.71
2. Fini Sturm/Marie-Louise Draegar (Germany) 7:05.27
3. Joanna Dorociak/Weronika Deresz (Poland) 7:05.36
4. Anne Loik Thomsen/Juliane Rasmussen (Denmark) 7:06.51
5. Elisabeth Woerner/Maaike Head (Netherlands) 7:06.65
6. Claire Lambe/Denise Walsh (Ireland) 7:13.41

MEN

Pair – Final A

1. Joel Cassells/Peter Chambers (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:28.58
2. Augustin Mouterde/Theophile Onfroy (France) 6:28.88
3. Jonas Kilthau/Sven Kessler (Germany) 6:34.60
4. Sergio Perez Moreno/Jesus Gonzalez Alvarez (Spain) 6:34.87
5. Georgios Konsolas/Ioannis Petrou (Greece) 6:36.10
6. Patryk Pzsczolkowski/Bartosz Pzsczolkowski (Poland) 6:43.98

Four – Final A

1. Simon Schuerch/Mario Gyr/Lucas Tramer/Simon Niepmann (Switzerland) 5:52.27
2. Thibault Colard/Guillaume Raineau/Thomas Baroukh/Franck Solforosi (France) 5:53.69
3. Kasper Winther/Jens Vilhelmsen/Jacob Barsoe/Jacob Larsen (Denmark) 5:53.76
4. Sam Scrimgeour/Jonathan Clegg/Mark Aldred/Chris Bartley (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:55.75
5. Joris Pijs/Jort van Gennep/Timothee Heijbrock/Bjorn van den Ende (Netherlands) 5:56.54
6. Ander Zabala Artetxe/Patricio Rojas Aznar/Marc Franquet Montfort/Imanol Garmendia Maiz (Spain) 5:57.14

Single scull – Final A

1. Pierre Houin (France) 6:54.48
2. Lukas Babac (Slovakia) 6:56.36
3. Rajko Hrvat (Slovenia) 6:57.29
4. Zak Lee-Green (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:02.87
5. Nedelcho Vasilev (Bulgaria) 7:05.08
6. Igor Khmara (Ukraine) 7:11.01

Double scull – Final A

1. Stany Delayre/Jeremie Azou (France) 6:11.38
2. Richard Chambers/Will Fletcher (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:14.33
3. Kristoffer Brun/Are Strandli (Norway) 6:15.53
4. Tycho Muda/Vincent Muda (Netherlands) 6:19.27
5. Paul O’Donovan/Gary O’Donovan (Ireland) 6:21.89
6. Huseyin Kandemir/Enes Kusku (Turkey) 6:23.43

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CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)
GB Rowing Team for the 2015 European Championships,
Poznan, 29-31 May

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coach: Robin Williams

Eight

Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)
Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club/Garboldisham/09.06.84)
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial/London/29.04.86)
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)
Louise Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)
Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond/15.12.85)
Zoe de Toledo (cox)
Coach: James Harris

Single Scull

Frances Houghton (Univ of London Tyrian Club/Oxford/19.09.80)
Coach: Nick Strange

Double Scull

Katherine Grainger (St Andrew BC/Glasgow/12.11.75)
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coach: Paul Thompson

Quadruple Scull

Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Jessica Leyden (Leander Club/Todmorden/22.02.95)
Coach: Nick Strange

Women’s Spares

Karen Bennett (Leander Club/Edinburgh/05.02.89)
Becca Chin (Agecroft RC/Deganwy/11.12.91)

OPEN

MEN

Pair

James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)
Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.83)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Four

Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)
Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Munlochy/16.10.85)
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Ashford/06.09.85)
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)
Coach: Christian Felkel

Eight

Matt Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)
Stewart Innes (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/20.05.91)
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth/27.07.81)
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)
Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/02.10.89)
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler

Single Scull

Angus Groom (Leander Club/Glasgow/16.06.92)
Coach: John West

Double Scull

Jonny Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple Scull

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.93)
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Maidenhead/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Men’s Spares

Callum McBrierty (Leander Club/Edinburgh/13.08.92)
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single Scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Double Scull

Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ingleby Barwick/01.12.90)
Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Coach: Paul Reedy

LIGHTWEIGHT

MEN

Pair

Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/15.06.94)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Four

Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)
Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)
Mark Aldred (London RC/Birmingham/18.04.87)
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Single Scull

Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/05.02.91)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Double Scull

Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)
Will Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)
Coach: Darren Whiter

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A LOOK BACK TO THE 2014 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Last year’s event in Belgrade, Serbia, was the first time that the GB Rowing Team had taken a full team to the European Championships and they were rewarded with eight medals, including two gold.

Those results put GB on top of the medal table and set the team up for a successful year on the World Cup circuit and at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

2014 European Championships Medals

Women’s Pair – GOLD
Helen Glover, Polly Swann 

Men’s Four – GOLD
Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash, Andrew Triggs Hodge 

Women’s Eight – SILVER
Rosamund Bradbury, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Katie Greves, Donna Etiebet, Jessica Eddie, Zoe Lee, Caragh McMurtry, Louisa Reeve, Zoe de Toledo (cox)

Men’s Quadruple Scull – SILVER
Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins, Graeme Thomas, Peter Lambert 

Lightweight Men’s Pair – SILVER
Sam Scrimgeour, Jonathan Clegg 

Lightweight Men’s Four – SILVER
Mark Aldred, Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers, Chris Bartley

Men’s Eight – BRONZE
Phil Congdon, Oliver Cook, Matthew Gotrel, Pete Reed, William Satch, Matthew Tarrant, Scott Durant, James Foad, Phelan Hill (cox)

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull – BRONZE
Imogen Walsh, Katherine Copeland 

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GB Rowing Team men's eight turn European fortunes around

2015-05-30 09:42
Source Channel:  GB Rowing Team Source Link: http://www.britishrowing.org/news/2015/may/30/gb-rowing-team-mens-eight-turn-european-fortunes-around

The GB Rowing Team men’s eight, stroked by Will Satch, turned their fortunes around today as they banished yesterday’s shaky heats performance to blast out of the blocks before driving on to win their repechage and move into tomorrow’s European Championships final in Poznan, Poland.

“That was more like it. We were more awake and more ‘on it’. But we will have to be even better tomorrow”, said Pete Reed .The GB eight has won both of the last two World Championships titles.

Moe Sbihi added: “There is still some work to do, it wasn’t the perfect race, but you kind of want that because you want to improve as the event goes on”.

Katherine Grainger, competing in the double scull here with Vicky Thornley, has made the European final on her return to the sport after a two-year gap.

Today’s performance, both women felt, was a “step on” from yesterday’s heat. They were second to Lithuania’s Donata Vistartaite and Milda Valciukaite who were World Champions in 2013.

“The most important thing for us this weekend is that we get a lot of learning. Like yesterday, we were pleased with some things and some not. We’ll have a talk with our coach Paul Thompson tonight and I’m confident we can make improvements tomorrow”.

Thornley added “Semi-finals are always do or die and they are so high pressure, I am confident we can move on tomorrow”.

Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher look to be a pacey combination as the new-look GB lightweight men’s double in 2015. They were amongst the stand-out British performers today, winning their semi-final by a healthy margin from Norway.

Angus Groom also caused a stir in booking a place in tomorrow’s final on his senior international debut. He was third in a semi won by Damir Martin in a European best time and in which Groom was within touching distance of second, ultimately taken by defending champion, Ondrej Synek.

Olympic and World Champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning again looked comfortable in winning their women’s pair semi-final despite the choppy and breezy conditions that were the backdrop to today’s session.

Stanning said: “It was quite rough in the last bit but we’re not an inexperienced crew and it was just making sure we rowed a good race and were able to keep something back for the final."

Wins for the men’s quad (in a European best time) and women’s eight in their repechages along with second and third places for Zak Lee Green and Imogen Walsh in the lightweight single semis as well as second spots for Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor in the light double and for the lightweight men’s four of Mark Aldred, Sam Scrimgeour, Chris Bartley and Jonno Clegg mean that GB go into finals day here with 15 boats in action from the original tally of 17.

The men’s four and lightweight men’s pair had already qualified from yesterday’s heats.

Jonny Walton and John Collins were agonisingly close to joining them in the finals but missed out in the men’s double scull by mere hundredths of a second and there was disappointment for Frances Houghton who will race a B final, too, after finishing fourth in today’s repechage of the open women’s single.

Tomorrow’s action will be broadcast live by BBC TV with transmission times on Sunday May 31st as follows:

Rowing: European Championships, 09:30-13:45, BBC Red Button
Rowing: European Championships, 11:30-13:50, BBC Two

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RACE REPORTS

“Those were the most difficult conditions I have ever raced in”, exclaimed Cardiff’s Zak Lee Green who led off GB’s semi-final programme in Poland today with a second place in the lightweight men’s single having held off the Ukrainian and tracked the French leader for much of the race. The gusts and chop continued throughout the morning as a backdrop to a consistent day for GB.

Imogen Walsh, tucked into the middle of the ensuing lightweight women’s single semi, held her nerve in the breeze and hung onto a qualifying place in a toughly-contested race which saw Ireland’s early leader Sinead Jennings eventually fade to fourth whilst Lithuania’s Sonata Petrikaite found enough pace to nudge past Walsh in the race to the line in a semi won by Anastasia Ianina of Russia.

Heather Stanning says that she and Helen Glover like to learn something from every race but to the untrained bystander it looked like business as usual today as they led their women’s semi from the outset to win in 7:07.32.

Glover said: “Today was all about getting through to the final but we’re fairly pleased with how we did it, especially that we didn’t have to work too hard to get over the line in those conditions”.

Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher have set up a sizzling final tomorrow by winning their lightweight men’s double semi over 2013 World Champions Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli and in a time that wasn’t far off that set by defending champions Stany Delayre and Jeremie Azou of France in the other semi. Chambers and Fletcher got out to lead at the tail-end of the first quarter, put the pedal down and then defended their lead today to win in 6:16.83.

Whilst Chambers and Fletcher caught the eye because of their pace, the GB light women’s double of Charlotte Taylor and Katherine Copeland, proved a fascinating “watch” because they almost caught Germany at the line despite the Germans leading by almost five seconds at the halfway point.

Taylor and Copeland had started modestly, in fourth just before 500m, moving through to third for much of the race before using their consistency to overhaul the Dutch and, with 250m to go, get the overlap on a clearly tiring Fini Sturm and Marie Louise Draeger of Germany who, despite a final wobble in the conditions, managed to stay on track and take the verdict by half a second.

Melanie Wilson, Kristina Stiller, Beth Rodford and Jess Leyden needed to finish in the top four of their repechage to get into tomorrow’s final. They did enough behind the Poles and Ukrainians to take third place and qualify. In the final 500m they came through France to secure the place.

First to the 500m mark, the GB open men’s quad of Jack Beaumont, Sam Townsend, Graeme Thomas and Peter Lambert battled it out with Lithuania for top honours in their repechage today. It was nip and tuck at times but the British combination came through strongly in the final phases of the race to win in 5:41.88.

Jonny Walton and John Collins were not so fortunate in their men’s double scull semi-final which was won by 2013 World Champions Jakob Nils Hoff and Kjetil Borch of Norway with Bulgaria and France taking the other two qualifying slots. Collins and Walton were holding second as the race reached its climax but then missed out in the dash to the line by just 500 hundredths of a second behind France. Bulgaria, last at halfway, were the surprise package in that final sprint coming up from fourth to take second.

Vicky Thornley and Katherine Grainger had their noses just ahead after 400m of their women’s double scull semi-final today. This duo are learning their craft together race by race. Today, the danger was always going to be the Lithuanians, World Champions in 2013. Indeed Vistartaite and Valcuikaite got in front in that second quarter and then began to pull away - except that Grainger and Thornley had other ideas.

They kept up their strong rhythm to hold onto an overlap and were still in touch as the race came to its final 300m. Victory to Lithuania in 6:48.89 just under two seconds ahead with Belarus in third but an improvement on yesterday according to Grainger and Thornley.

Britain’s lightweight squad are an ambitious and determined bunch - as you would expect. Although they qualified for tomorrow’s final in second place in the semis, the GB four of Sam Scrimgeour, Jonathan Clegg, Mark Aldred and Chris Bartley did not look ecstatic. They led early but were then overtaken by their arch-rivals, the Danes who are reigning European Champions and world best time holders. Less than two seconds separated them at the finish.

As the GB men’s eight was warming up to race, the women’s eight were on the start - one they nailed with passion and high energy to lead from the outset of their repechage despite pressure from Germany and the Netherlands.

Jess Eddie summed it up: “We got off to a strong start, which meant we were able to just sit and control the race in the second half. We held enough back to know if we needed to sprint at the end we could but we didn’t really have to switch into aggressive racing, it was a case of ‘just stay calm, we’ve done the job’.

Angus Groom surprised not only some of the crowd but also himself with his third place finish in today’s open men’s single scull - his first senior semi-final and one in which a European best time was set and in which the defending champion, Ondrej Synek finished just a over a second ahead of him but behind eventual winner Damir Martin.

Groom said: “I am speechless. From the times yesterday I knew I had a good shot of reaching the final but I just wanted to go and do my best really.
 
I looked across halfway through the race and saw I wasn’t too far down on Ondrej Synek, and I thought ‘what’s going on?!’.
 
Then I found out I’d done 6:50, which is my best-ever time. I wanted to break seven minutes, so to do it by that much is incredible. I am very pleased”.

Frances Houghton is at the other end of the experience scale. An Olympian as far back as 2000 with two Olympic quadruple scull silvers to her name, she struggled to find the requisite pace in today’s repechage despite a good first 1000m in which she was holding second. At the line she finished in fourth and in 7:44.57 to move into tomorrow’s B finals.

If you wanted a crashing, high-energy finale to the day’s racing then the GB men’s eight fulfilled that wish. Like the women’s eight they got out strongly and then challenged early leaders Poland before moving through them to take charge.

By halfway they had more than two seconds on the field but had to keep an eye on the fast-finishing French crew on the opposite side of the lake to them. In the end the margin of their victory was 1.70 seconds but the boost to their confidence after yesterday’s heat is immeasurable.

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RESULTS

RESULTS

(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. For full results - www.worldrowing.com)

SEMI-FINALS A/B

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair

Semi-final A/B 1

1. Helen Glover/Heather Stanning (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:07.32
2. Anna Wierzbowska/Maria Wierzbowska (Poland) 7:12.05
3. Hedvig Rasmussen/Anne Andersen (Denmark) 7:13.17
4. Nuria Dominguez Asensio/Anna Boada Peiro (Spain) 7:14.68
5. Svitlana Novichenko/Anna Kontseva (Ukraine) 7:23.47
6. Marcela Milosevic/Karla Milosevic (Croatia) 7:32.19

Double scull

Semi-final A/B 2

1. Donata Vistartaite/Milda Valciukaite (Lithuania) 6:48.89
2. Victoria Thornley/Katherine Grainger (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:50.76
3. Ekaterina Karsten/Yuliya Bichyk (Belarus) 6:54.39
4. Aikaterini Nikolaidou/Sofia Asoumanaki (Greece) 6:58.65
5. Kristyna Fleissnerova/Lenka Antosova (Czech Republic) 7:00.82
6. Elodie Ravera-Scaramozzino/Helene Lefebvre (France) 7:02.86

MEN

Single scull

Semi-final A/B 2

1. Damir Martin (Croatia) 6:47.35
2. Ondrej Synek (Czech Republic) 6:49.79
3. Angus Groom (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:50.59
4. Robert Ven (Finland) 6:50.99
5. Ioan Prundeanu (Romania) 6:59.90
6. Roel Braas (Netherlands) 7:05.39

Double scull

Semi-final A/B 1

1. Nils Jakob Hoff/Kjetil Borch (Norway) 6:12.30
2. Kristian Vasilev/Georgi Bozhilov (Bulgaria) 6:13.04
3. Hugo Boucheron/Matthieu Androdias (France) 6:13:22
4. John Collins/Jonny Walton (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:13.27
5. Bendeguz Petervari-Molnar/Gergely Papp (Hungary) 6:19.98
6. Frank Steffensen/Sophus Johannesen (Denmark) 6:27.57

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single scull

Semi-final A/B 1

1. Anastasia Ianina (Russia) 7:42.99
2. Sonata Petrikaite (Lithuania) 7:44.09
3. Imogen Walsh (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:44.62
4. Sinaed Jennings (Ireland) 7:45.99
5. Stefanie Borzacchini (Austria) 7:58.39
6. Olga Svirska (Latvia) 8:02.81

Double scull

Semi-final A/B 1

1. Fini Sturm/Marie-Louise Draegar (Germany) 6:59.48
2. Charlotte Taylor/Kat Copeland (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:59.98
3. Elisabeth Woerner/Maaike Head (Netherlands) 7:02.25
4. Amalia Tsiavou/Georgia Dimakou (Greece) 7:04.70
5. Frederique Rol/Patricia Merz (Switzerland) 7:07.37
6. Svitlana Martynova/Alisa Sobko (Ukraine) 7:24.62

MEN

Four

Semi-final A/B 1

1. Kasper Winther/Jens Vilhelmsen/Jacob Barsoe/Jacob Larsen (Denmark) 5:55.27
2. Sam Scrimgeour/Jonathan Clegg/Mark Aldred/Chris Bartley (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:56.53
3. Simon Schuerch/Mario Gyr/Lucas Tramer/Simon Niepmann (Switzerland) 5:58.14
4. Cem Yilmaz/Hakan Ozcan/Barbaros Gozutok/Ahmet Yumrukaya (Turkey) 6:00.34
5. Jan Hajek/Jiri Kopac/Miroslav Vrastil Jr/Michael Humpolec (Czech Republic) 6:01.64
6. Dawid Kaminski/Mateusz Drab/Rafal Serwiak/Milosz Bernatajtys (Poland) 6:27.38

Single scull

Semi-final A/B 1

1. Pierre Houin (France) 7:00.58
2. Zak Lee-Green (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:04.79
3. Igor Khmara (Ukraine) 7:05.97
4. Jerzy Kowalski (Poland) 7:13.16
5. Nuno Mendes (Portugal) 7:21.55
6. Gabor Csepregi (Hungary) 7:23.42

Double scull

Semi-final A/B 1

1. Richard Chambers/Will Fletcher (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:16.83
2. Kristoffer Brun/Are Strandli (Norway) 6:21.02
3. Paul O’Donovan/Gary O’Donovan (Ireland) 6:22.89
4. Jan Vetesnik/Ondrej Vetesnik (Czech Republic) 6:27.58
5. Paul Sieber/Bernhard Sieber (Austria) 6:31.75
6. Spyridon Giannaros/Stefanos Ntouskos (Greece) 6:41.41

REPECHAGE RESULTS

OPEN

WOMEN

Eight

1. Rosamund Bradbury/Olivia Carnegie-Brown/Lucinda Gooderham/Donna Etiebet/Jessica Eddie/Louisa Reeve/Katie Greves/Zoe Lee/Morgan Baynham Williams (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:06.78
2. Netherlands 6:07.61
3. Germany 6:07.92
4. Belarus 6:17.91
5. Ukraine 6:20.81

Single scull – repechage 1

1. Lina Saltyte (Lithuania) 7:37.67
2. Fie Udby Erichsen (Denmark) 7:40.63
3. Lisa Scheenaard (Netherlands) 7:43.60
4. Frances Houghton (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:44.57
5. Julia Michalska (Poland) 7:48.36

Quadruple scull

1. Agnieszka Kobus/Joanna Leszczynska/Maria Springwald/Monika Ciaciuch (Poland) 6:18.21
2 Natalia Kovalova/Daryna Verkhogliad/Ievgeniia Nimchenko/Nataliya Dovgodko (Ukraine) 6:21.90
3. Melanie Wilson/Kristina Stiller/Beth Rodford/Jessica Leyden (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:23.94
4. Alice Mayne/Eleonore Dubuis/Daphne Socha/Chloe Poumailloux (France) 6:27.48
5. Maria Krasilnikova/Iuliia Volgina/Ekaterina Potapova/Ekaterina Kurochkina (Russia) 6:28.28

OPEN

MEN

Eight

1. Matt Gotrel/Stewart Innes/Pete Reed/Paul Bennett/Mohamed Sbihi/Alex Gregory/George Nash/Will Satch/Phelan Hill (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:32.07
2. France 5:33.77
3. Poland 5:35.55
4. Netherlands 5:36.35
5. Ukraine 5:38.18
6. Belarus 5:50.80

Quadruple scull – repechage 2

1. Jack Beaumont/Sam Townsend/Graeme Thomas/Peter Lambert (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:41.88
2. Dominykas Jancionis/Rolandas Mascinskas/Aurimas Adomavicius/Vytautas Lapatiukas (Lithuania) 5:43.48
3. Bjoern-Jostein Singstad/Martin Helseth/Erik Solbakken/Jan Helvig (Norway) 5:46.02
4. Nico Stahlberg/Augustin Maillefer/Barnabe Delarze/Roman Roeoesli (Switzerland) 5:46.53

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CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)
GB Rowing Team for the 2015 European Championships,
Poznan, 29-31 May

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coach: Robin Williams

Eight

Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)
Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club/Garboldisham/09.06.84)
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial/London/29.04.86)
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)
Louise Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)
Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond/15.12.85)
Morgan Baynham-Williams (Leander Club/Ross-on-Wye/28.06.94)
Coach: James Harris

Single Scull

Frances Houghton (Univ of London Tyrian Club/Oxford/19.09.80)
Coach: Nick Strange

Double Scull

Katherine Grainger (St Andrew BC/Glasgow/12.11.75)
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coach: Paul Thompson

Quadruple Scull

Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Jessica Leyden (Leander Club/Todmorden/22.02.95)
Coach: Nick Strange

Women’s Spares

Karen Bennett (Leander Club/Edinburgh/05.02.89)
Becca Chin (Agecroft RC/Deganwy/11.12.91)

OPEN

MEN

Pair

James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)
Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.83)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Four

Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)
Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Munlochy/16.10.85)
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Ashford/06.09.85)
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)
Coach: Christian Felkel

Eight

Matt Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)
Stewart Innes (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/20.05.91)
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth/27.07.81)
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)
Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/02.10.89)
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler

Single Scull

Angus Groom (Leander Club/Glasgow/16.06.92)
Coach: John West

Double Scull

Jonny Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple Scull

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.93)
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Maidenhead/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Men’s Spares

Callum McBrierty (Leander Club/Edinburgh/13.08.92)
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single Scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Double Scull

Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ingleby Barwick/01.12.90)
Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Coach: Paul Reedy

LIGHTWEIGHT

MEN

Pair

Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/15.06.94)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Four

Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)
Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)
Mark Aldred (London RC/Birmingham/18.04.87)
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Single Scull

Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/05.02.91)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Double Scull

Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)
Will Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)
Coach: Darren Whiter

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2015 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TIMETABLE

Provisional timetable (all times BST)

Friday 29 May

08.30 -12.25 - Heats
14.30-16.00 - Repechages

Saturday 30 May

08.30- 08.45 - Semis C/D
08.50-11.15 – Repechages and Semis A/B
11.25-11.30 – Finals D
11.35 -12.15 – Finals C

Sunday 31 May

08.00-09.15 – B Finals
09.33-13.33 – Finals

Official website for full timetable: http://www.erch2015.com/

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A LOOK BACK TO THE 2014 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Last year’s event in Belgrade, Serbia, was the first time that the GB Rowing Team had taken a full team to the European Championships and they were rewarded with eight medals, including two gold.

Those results put GB on top of the medal table and set the team up for a successful year on the World Cup circuit and at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

2014 European Championships Medals

Women’s Pair – GOLD
Helen Glover, Polly Swann 

Men’s Four – GOLD
Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash, Andrew Triggs Hodge 

Women’s Eight – SILVER
Rosamund Bradbury, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Katie Greves, Donna Etiebet, Jessica Eddie, Zoe Lee, Caragh McMurtry, Louisa Reeve, Zoe de Toledo (cox)

Men’s Quadruple Scull – SILVER
Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins, Graeme Thomas, Peter Lambert 

Lightweight Men’s Pair – SILVER
Sam Scrimgeour, Jonathan Clegg 

Lightweight Men’s Four – SILVER
Mark Aldred, Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers, Chris Bartley

Men’s Eight – BRONZE
Phil Congdon, Oliver Cook, Matthew Gotrel, Pete Reed, William Satch, Matthew Tarrant, Scott Durant, James Foad, Phelan Hill (cox)

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull – BRONZE
Imogen Walsh, Katherine Copeland 

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NCAA Rowing Championships, IRA Regatta already heating up, from Sacramento to Princeton

2015-05-29 18:40
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Washington among leaders, East and West (Photo: B. Kitch)

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Ten top finishes for GB Rowing Team on day one of European Championships

2015-05-29 10:09
Source Channel:  GB Rowing Team Source Link: http://www.britishrowing.org/news/2015/may/29/ten-top-finishes-gb-rowing-team-day-one-european-championships

The GB Rowing Team started their European Championships like a piece of perfectly spun silk with seven heat wins from the first seven boats in action, rising to a total of 10 “firsts” by the close of the morning session.

For the opposition here in Poznan, Poland, the good news was there were then some frayed edges, including a third-placed finish from the men’s eight forcing them into a repechage tomorrow and a second place for Katherine Grainger, on her return after two years out, with Vicky Thornley in the women’s double scull.

Grainger and Thornley still progressed to the semi-final, as did Angus Groom with an encouraging debut performance to take second place in his heat of the men’s single.

Grainger, who has rediscovered her joy in the sport since returning to training in September, was philosophical if not happy with second place to reigning European Champions, Poland, today.

She said: “It was probably as we expected today. The Poles were quick last season and the season before and they are on their home water here. It was good to show we have the speed in the boat but now we need to add consistency in the middle. We came here not as the finished product”.

Alex Gregory, said of the men’s eight: “It’s definitely not the end of the world – disappointing, yes, but it was a good learning experience and we can take positives out of it”.

Zak Lee Green led off the early string of heat successes by winning the lightweight men’s single scull before the women’s pair, both lightweight doubles, the open men’s four and double all followed suit.

Later in the programme the lightweight men’s four and the light and open men’s pairs also came through to win their heats - the latter two crews progressing straight to Sunday’s finals.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, the World and Olympic Champions, are racing for the first time in a European Championships together here. Glover is the defending champion with Polly Swann. Today they were in a league of their own to win by a big margin.

Glover said: “It was a really solid start to our Europeans. It’s always nice to get out and control a race from the front”.

Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell said that the men’s four “just got on with it” when their event was reshaped into two heats at short notice rather than the expected three due to Malta’s withdrawal. “It put us under a bit more pressure because we had to win the heat to go through”. This crew’s heat win put them straight through to Sunday’s final.

Jonny Walton and John Collins looked in good shape to win in the men’s double scull and the men’s pair of James Foad and Matt Langridge had a real tussle with Serbia for the first 1500m before pulling away to win.

The GB lightweight men have had a serene start to the overall Championships despite a reshuffle in recent weeks to cover injury. Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher, in the lightweight men’s double, looked in control throughout their heat whilst the lightweight men’s pair and four both won in style.

Kat Copeland and her new lightweight women’s double scull partner Charlotte Taylor laid down a strong opening performance to win their heat too and Imogen Walsh added to the tally, racing in the lightweight women’s single scull.

The GB men’s quad, racing here without Charles Cousins who is injured, produced an exciting finish to claw back the home nation’s lead in their heat but could not quite push past them and will now also race a repechage. GB’s women’s quad will do the same but showed they have stepped on since last year by taking second place only to the World Champions, Germany, in their heat.

Russia took their women’s eight heat by the scruff of the neck which left the GB crew, coxed by Morgan Baynham-Williams who arrived in Poznan in the middle of the night, due to delayed flights, to replace a poorly Zoe de Toledo, playing catch up throughout. They took second and now race a repechage as only the winners go through.

Frances Houghton, twice an Olympic silver medalist in the quad, raced the single here but lost contention with the leaders in the second half and will now race a repechage, too.

“We’ve had a pretty good day overall. Good but not perfect”, said Sir David Tanner, Performance Director for the GB Rowing Team.

Of the men’s eight performance he said: “It wasn’t exactly what we expected but I’m sure that they will get better”.

The event will be broadcast live by BBC TV with transmission times on Sunday May 31st as follows:
Rowing: European Championships, 09:30-13:45, BBC Red Button
Rowing: European Championships, 11:30-13:50, BBC Two

RACE REPORTS

Zak Lee Green of Cardiff took the lead in GB’s opening race - a lightweight men’s single scull heat - of the European Championships with 300m gone. The Ukraine were the early challengers before dropping back at Bulgaria’s Nedelcho Vasilev came up to pressure the British sculler but Lee Green stayed in control to win in 7:02.98.

Imogen Walsh, who already had a racing pedigree at World Cup level in the lightweight women’s double scull, moved into the lead of her lightweight women’s single scull here just beyond halfway to overhaul Anna Ioannou of Cyprus who had set the early pace. A strong second half saw Scotland’s Walsh win in 7:40.35.

The women’s pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, from Penzance and Lossiemouth, were next in action and crossed the line with the significant margin they had held throughout their opening heat on Lake Malta. They looked unruffled and Glover said it was a “solid start” and “nice to control a race from the front”.

GB’s new lightwetight men’s double of Coleraine’s Richard Chambers and Chester-le-Street’s Will Fletcher tussled with the field in the early part of their race before moving out strongly ahead of the Muda brothers from Holland and the Turks in third place. Their margin of victory at the end was just under five seconds.

There was a similar pattern in the ensuing lightweight women’s double scull as Tees RC’s Olympic Champion Kat Copeland, newly teamed with relative international newcomer Charlotte Taylor of Putney Town, put a marker down here to win their heat in 6:56.69 from Russia.

Copeland and Taylor both confirmed that it was “good to get the first race out the way” after their heat victory.

The GB mens’ four of Durham’s Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Alan Sinclair of Inverness, Ken’ts Tom Ransley and Lancaster’s Scott Durant, started the day thinking they would be in one of three heats before Malta’s withdrawal meant a reshuffling 90 minutes before the race into two heats with only the winners to progress. “That put a bit more pressure on us but we just got on with it”, said Reilly O’Donnell of the crew which nudged past the fast-stariting Dutch just before halfway and went on to win in 5:55.44 with Spain second.

Durant added: “We came here intent on winning and to do that you have to beat everyone anyway and it was a pretty good start today”.

Twickenham’s John Collins and Leicester’s Jonny Walton were on song in the men’s double scull heats today, winning in 6:16.08 from Ukraine’s Ivan Futyrk and Sergii Gryn. Both crews progress to the semi-finals. The British duo led virtually throughout.

Scotland’s Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley, from Wales, in the equivalent women’s event, were in the fastest heat of three today. They were early leaders and had an edge over home favourites and reigning European Champions, Magdalena Fularczyk and Natalia Madaj of Poland, until the race moved past the artificial ski-slope which borders the course at the halfway mark. That’s when Poland got their bow-ball in front and they had enough to hold off any counter-challenge from the British duo.

“I think it’s good that we had some speed but you’re never going to be happy with second”, said Thornley afterwards.

Scot Sam Scrimgeour, Maidenhead’s Jonathan Clegg, Birmingham’s Mark Aldred and Wrexham’s Chris Bartley were comfortable winners - from Germany by two seconds - in today’s heats of the lightweight men’s four. Bartley, a 2012 silver medallist in this event, is leading a reshaped crew here and this was their first outing. Switzerland were quicker in winning their heat and Spain sprung a surprise on the Danes who have a different crew this season but are World and European Champions in this event.

Angus Groom, who learnt to row in Guildford, caught the eye today as he moved into the semi-finals of the open men’s single scull on his senior international debut in this boat class by taking second place to Lithuania’s Mindaugas Griskonis in the fastest heat of the day. Groom was third in the early part of the race but kept calm and paced himself up into a qualifying place.

Peter Chambers and Joel Cassells, erstwhile primary school contemporaries in Coleraine and back in a boat together many years later and racing for GB in the lightweight men’s pair, here were in sizzling form to win their heat by over five seconds today from Spain. Only one crew went into the final from this heat and the British duo made sure by dominating the race from the outset.

Northwich’s Matt Langridge and Southampton’s James Foad, in the GB open weight men’s pair, also won their heat after a neck and neck battle with Milos Vasic and Nenad Bedik of Serbia for the first 1500m today before the British reigning World silver medallists put on the after-burners to win in 6:29.91.

Londoner Melanie Wilson, Yarm’s Kristina Stiller, Gloucester’s Beth Rodford and Jess Leyden from Todmorden, were second to the World Champions, Germany, in their heat today which means they race a repechage. This was a promising performance however with a strong finish in which they began to close the gap on the Germans in the second half. Three of the German quartet were in the quad which set a world’s best time at the World Championships last year in Amsterdam.

The GB Word silver men’s quad here is racing without injured GB Trials winner Charles Cousins but with Reading’s Sam Townsend, Preston’s Graeme Thomas and Maidenhead’s Peter Lambert and substitute Jack Beaumont who is not unaccomplished himself as a World U23 double scull medallist. This was one of the more exciting races of the day as the GB boat made up ground rapidly in the final 500m of their heat on host nation leaders, Poland. In the end, they ran out of track but showed they have a handy turn of speed.

Townsend said: "I’m sure another race for us is no bad thing – this was our first 2k together as this combination, so we will be looking to right the ten per cent we weren’t quite happy with today."

Cox Morgan Baynham Williams started yesterday in the UK and unaware of the drama that was about to unfold. Having received the call up to replace a poorly Zoe de Toledo, her last-minute dash to Poznan was thwarted by a cancelled plane and a final arrival time of 3am. She was still up bright and early to cox the crew’s warm-up training session before 9am and then urged her crew on to claw back Russia’s early lead in the morning’s heats.

Russia flew off the start and took an early lead with observers wondering if they might then die off in the second half of the race. It was not to be. They had enough in the tank to win in 6:10.55, two-thirds of a length up on the GB boat who now race the repechage.

Russia repeated the act in the men’s eight with a sizzling opening half to lead from the Netherlands and France. The GB crew did not get the best start and were lagging at the halfway point in fourth place. In the final 750m they got the better of France but had left themselves too much to do and were third in 5:39.85.

Alex Gregory said: "It’s definitely not the end of the world – disappointing, yes, but it was a good learning experience and we can take positives out of it. We haven’t quite found what we need yet but there is plenty more to come."

RESULTS

(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. For full results - www.worldrowing.com)

HEATS

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair - Heat 2
1. Helen Glover/Heather Stanning (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:07.07
2. Katerina Kopecka/Martina Stillerova (Czech Republic) 7:17.54
3. Marcela Milosevic/Karla Milosevic (Croatia) 7:18.88
4. Olga Khalaleeva/Anastasia Zhukova (Russia) 7:20.51

Eight - Heat 1
1. Russia 6:10.65
2. Rosamund Bradbury/Olivia Carnegie-Brown/Lucinda Gooderham/Donna Etiebet/Jessica Eddie/Louisa Reeve/Katie Greves/Zoe Lee/Morgan Baynham Williams (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:12.32
3. Belarus 6:29.04
4. Ukraine 6:34.25

Single scull – Heat 1
1. Jeannine Gmelin (Switzerland) 7:38.33
2. Lina Saltyte (Lithuania) 7:41.28
3. Julia Richter (Germany) 7:45.59
4. Sanita Puspure (Ireland) 7:48.79
5. Frances Houghton (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:53.18
6. Julia Michalska (Poland) 8:03.51

Double scull – Heat 3
1. Magdelena Fularczyk/Natalia Madaj (Poland) 6:49.73
2. Vicky Thornley/Katherine Grainger (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:53.58
3. Jovana Arsic/Iva Obradovic (Serbia) 6:55.67
4. Viviana-Iuliana Bejinariu/Ioana Vrinceanu (Romania) 7:06.54
5. Helen Walshe/Lisa Dilleen (Ireland) 7:24.08

Quadruple scull – Heat 1
1. Melanie Wilson/Kristina Stiller/Beth Rodford/Jessica Leyden (GREAT BRITAIN)
2. Eleonore Dubuis/Alice Mayne/Chloe Poumailloux/Daphne Socha (France)
3. Annekatrin Thiele/Marie-Catherine Arnold/Carina Baer/Lisa Schmidla (Germany)
4. Natalia Kovalova/Daryna Verkhogliad/Ievgeniia Nimchenko/Nataliya Dovgodko (Ukraine)

OPEN

MEN

Pair - Heat 2
1. James Foad/Matt Langridge (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:29.91
2. Milos Vasic/Nenad Bedik (Serbia) 6:38.94
3. Adrian Juhasz/Bela Simon Jr (Hungary) 6:42.27
4. Onat Kazakli/Fuad Rafail (Turkey) 6:43.84
5. Marin Begovic/Ante Janjic (Croatia) 6:49.50
6. Dzimitry Begovic/Dzianis Suravets (Belarus) 7:03.67

Four - Heat 2
1. Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell/Alan Sinclair/Tom Ransley/Scott Durant (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:55.44
2. Javier Garcia Ordonez/Jaime Canalejo Pazos/Marcelino Garcia Cortes/Antonio Guzman Del Castillo (Spain) 5:58.66
3. Harold Langen/Peter Van Schie/Vincent van der Want/Govert Viergever (Netherlands) 5:59.49
4. Johannes Weissenfeld/Alexander Egler/Maximilian Planer/Felix Wimberger (Germany) 6:02.38
5. Jakub Paroulek/Jan Andrle/Kornel Altman/Matyas Klang (Czech Republic) 6:06.82
6. Dusan Bogicevic/Veselin Savic/Nikola Stojic/Radoje Deric (Serbia) 6:07.63

Eight - Heat 2
1. Russia 5:33.72
2. Netherlands 5:37.27
3. Matt Gotrel/Stewart Innes/Pete Reed/Paul Bennett/Mohamed Sbihi/Alex Gregory/George Nash/Will Satch/Phelan Hill (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:39.85
4. France 5:40.20

Single scull - Heat 3
1. Mindaugas Griskonis (Lithuania) 6:57.64
2. Angus Groom (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:01.81
3. Robert Ven (Finland) 7:06.80
4. Lars Hartig (Germany) 7:10.88
5. Roel Braas (Netherlands) 7:15.69

Double scull - Heat 1
1. John Collins/Jonathan Walton (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:16.08
2. Ivan Futryk/Sergii Gryn (Ukraine) 6:18.58
3. Noe Guzman del Castillo/Juan Garcia (Spain) 6:23.26
4. Bendeguz Petervari-Molnar/Gergely Papp (Hungary) 6:25.78
5. Frank Steffensen/Sophus Johannesen (Denmark) 6:29.22

Quadruple scull - Heat 2
1. Mateusz Biskup/Dariusz Radosz/Miroslaw Zietarski/Wiktor Chabel (Poland) 5:47.50
2. Jack Beaumont/Sam Townsend/Graeme Thomas/Peter Lambert (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:48.50
3. Patrick Leineweber/Karl Schulze/Lauritz Schoof/Hans Gruhne (Germany) 5:50.49
4. Allar Raja/Sten-Erik Anderson/Tonu Endrekson/Kaspar Taimsoo (Estonia) 5:54.48
5. Martin Helseth/Erik Solbakken/Bjoern-Jostein Singstad/Jan Helvig (Norway) 5:59.65

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single Scull - Heat 1
1. Imogen Walsh (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:40.35
2. Emma Fredh (Sweden) 7:43.55
3. Anna Ioannou (Cyprus) 7:51.75
4. Sonata Petrikaite (Lithuania) 7:58.46
5. Thomais Emmanouilidou (Greece) 8:06.54

Double scull - Heat 1
1. Charlotte Taylor/Kat Copeland (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:56.69
2. Natalia Varfolomeeva/Olga Arkadova (Russia) 7:03.78
3. Gianina-Elena Beleaga/Ionela-Livia Lehaci (Romania) 7:03.88
4. Anna Zabova/Tereza Kocianova (Czech Republic) 7:04.98
5. Camille Leclerc/Laura Tarantola (France) 7:14.06

LIGHTWEIGHT

MEN

Pair - Heat 1
1. Joel Cassells/Peter Chambers (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:50.14
2. Sergio Perez Moreno/Jesus Gonzalez Alvarez (Spain) 6:55.43
3. Jonas Kilthau/Sven Kessler (Germany) 6:57.21
4. Milan Viktora/Adam Kapa (Czech Republic) 7:01.47
5. Patryk Pszczolkowski/Bartosz Pszczolkowski (Poland) 7:03.48
6. Andrii Cherkashyn/Rostyslav Dzhyhyrei (Ukraine) 7:13.03

Four - Heat 1
1. Sam Scrimgeour/Jonathan Clegg/Mark Aldred/Chris Bartley (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:07.57
2. Jonathan Koch/Lars Wichert/Matthias Arnold/Julius Peschel (Germany) 6:09.56
3. Alexander Chaukin/Anton Kuranov/Maksim Telitcyn/Aleksey Vikulin (Russia) 6:09.72
4. Alexander Chernikov/Florian Berg/Joschka Hellmeier/Matthias Taborsky (Austria) 6:25.53
5. Michael O’Baille/Anthony English/Mark O’Donovan/Shane O’Driscoll (Ireland) 6:38.91

Single scull – Heat 3
1. Zak Lee-Green (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:02.98
2. Nedelcho Vasilev (Bulgaria) 7:06.62
3. Igor Khmara (Ukraine) 7:17.43
4. Ask Jari Tjom (Norway) 7:25.05
5. Bayram Sonmaz (Turkey) 7:26.96

Double scull – Heat 2
1. Richard Chambers/Will Fletcher (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:25.84
2. Tycho Muda/Vincent Muda (Netherlands) 6:30.13
3. Huseyin Kandemir/Enes Kusku (Turkey) 6:33.96
4. Silvan Zehnder/Daniel Wiederkehr (Switzerland) 6:34.29
5. Milos Stanojevic/Marco Josic (Serbia) 6:39.95
6. Andrej Bendtsen/Jens Nielsen (Denmark) 6:43.67

CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)

GB Rowing Team for the 2015 European Championships,
Poznan, 29-31 May

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coach: Robin Williams

Eight

Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)
Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club/Garboldisham/09.06.84)
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial/London/29.04.86)
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)
Louise Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)
Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond/15.12.85)
Morgan Baynham-Williams (Leander Club/Ross-on-Wye/28.06.94)
Coach: James Harris

Single Scull

Frances Houghton (Univ of London Tyrian Club/Oxford/19.09.80)
Coach: Nick Strange

Double Scull

Katherine Grainger (St Andrew BC/Glasgow/12.11.75)
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coach: Paul Thompson

Quadruple Scull

Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Jessica Leyden (Leander Club/Todmorden/22.02.95)
Coach: Nick Strange

Women’s Spares

Karen Bennett (Leander Club/Edinburgh/05.02.89)
Becca Chin (Agecroft RC/Deganwy/11.12.91)

OPEN

MEN

Pair

James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)
Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.83)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Four

Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)
Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Munlochy/16.10.85)
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Ashford/06.09.85)
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)
Coach: Christian Felkel

Eight

Matt Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)
Stewart Innes (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/20.05.91)
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth/27.07.81)
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)
Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/02.10.89)
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler

Single Scull

Angus Groom (Leander Club/Glasgow/16.06.92)
Coach: John West

Double Scull

Jonny Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple Scull

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.93)
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Maidenhead/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Men’s Spares

Callum McBrierty (Leander Club/Edinburgh/13.08.92)
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single Scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Double Scull

Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ingleby Barwick/01.12.90)
Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Coach: Paul Reedy

LIGHTWEIGHT

MEN

Pair

Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/15.06.94)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Four

Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)
Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)
Mark Aldred (London RC/Birmingham/18.04.87)
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Single Scull

Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/05.02.91)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Double Scull

Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)
Will Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)
Coach: Darren Whiter

2015 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TIMETABLE

Provisional timetable (all times BST)

Friday 29 May

08.30 -12.25 - Heats
14.30-16.00 - Repechages

Saturday 30 May

08.30- 08.45 - Semis C/D
08.50-11.15 – Repechages and Semis A/B
11.25-11.30 – Finals D
11.35 -12.15 – Finals C

Sunday 31 May

08.00-09.15 – B Finals
09.33-13.33 – Finals

Official website for full timetable: http://www.erch2015.com/

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Flashback Friday: May 24th – 30th

2015-05-29 00:10
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ONE YEAR AGO
VOTW: Crash and … sink.

QOTD: How do you deal with being burned out when you can’t take a break? We only have one race left but it’s not for another couple of weeks and I can’t bail on my boat because 1. WTF bailing on your coaches/teammates isn’t an option and 2. we don’t have any suitable alternates. I love rowing I’ve just been going nonstop for so many months that I physically and mentally need a hiatus. Is it just a “suck it up” type deal or a mental block that I can bypass?

End of the year performance review… Novices, check this out.

QOTD: I’m a junior in high school and I am starting to look at colleges. I am 5’3 and around 125 pounds. I currently row and would like to continue into college. Is it more realistic for me to try to row lightweight or maybe cox for a men’s team? Thanks!

Words.

Music to erg to, pt. 40 DMX, Afrojack, Beyonce, Robyn, One Republic, Lana Del Rey, etc.

TWO YEARS AGO
QOTD: I totally died during my seat race today. I usually am awesome at them but today was my worst in a LONG time. But I’m not sure if it was just a bad day or if I have somehow been getting worse at them over the course of the season because I think I might be getting overconfident.

QOTD: Tips on teaching new coxswains? So far I’m trying to let them make as many decisions by themselves (i.e pick a side to touch if we want to turn & if its wrong they can just change rather than telling them) & explaining why we do specific calls, but beyond that I’m not quite sure what to say to them. I don’t want to be too demanding but I want them to be really confident moving the boat too!

VOTW: “Hugh Laurie Explains Motivation in Rowing” – so true. Definitely worth watching if you’ve never seen it.

Pissing rowers off: A how-NOT-to guide: Basically required reading if you haven’t already read it … and even if you have, it’s always worth another look.

QOTD: Hi! So sometimes my coach will send out my four (bow loaded) with two 20 minute pieces where for 10 minutes there is a certain rate and then the other 10 minutes another rate. My coach normally won’t come out with us or will focus on other boats. I get really annoyed because I’m a novice and all the rowers are varsity so obviously they want feedback on their rowing but I can’t see them nor do I know what they’re doing wrong. I feel bad because during these pieces I won’t talk I’ll just say the rate and time and I can tell they’re getting annoyed and they feel like they’re not getting any better. Do you have any suggestions on what to say and how to keep talking the entire time?

QOTD: So literally our best rower got booted off the team due to bad behavior (questionable substances, among other things). Not only are we DAYS away from our biggest regatta of the season, but I am particularly devastated because I always looked up to and admired this person. When I was pushing myself during workouts, it was them I wanted to push myself for, it was them I wanted to be as good as. I’m dumbfounded that I completely missed that there was a problem.

Words.: A good definition of success.

QOTD: I’m a coxswain for my high school club’s men and women’s boats, but since I’m closer to the men’s minimum weight I’ve been thinking of trying to get recruited as a coxswain for men. When I go on college sites to fill out recruitment questionnaires, since I’m a girl should I fill them out for the women’s team or the men’s team? So far I’ve just been filling out for women’s teams because it feels weird to do it for the “men’s crew”.

Coxswain Recordings, pt. 5: If you’re a Purdue fan, this post is for you.

QOTD: My coach always says she values experience, commitment and attitude. I’m one of the more experienced rowers on the team and I’m always trying my hardest to be positive and row my best. I’ve been spending most of the season in the third 8+ even though she’s told me before she thinks I’m really strong and a good rower. She’s put me in this boat for all of our major regattas and when I ask for an explanation, she doesn’t give me a straight answer. I know its supposed to be for pushing the lower boats and such, however, it’s really demoralizing for me because I feel like I’m never given a chance to show my full potential as a member of the team. I’d also really like to win, which my 8+ rarely does, whereas the first and second 8+ s are always taking gold and silver. What do you think I should do?

QOTD: I am a novice lightweight rower who started rowing about a year and ago. I absolutely love crew, only problem is that I tore my rotator cuff earlier this year and had to have surgery. It is going to be a while before I can start rowing and even with all the rehab who knows if I will be any good. My mom suggested that I perhaps take up coxing and I have been reading up a lot about coxing and listening to recordings, the only problem is that I am about 5’7″. Am I too tall to be a coxswain? I really love rowing and I would love to stay involved in crew any way I can. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks.

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Music to erg to, pt. 92

2015-05-29 00:05
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Heats today (at 11:36am!), semis tomorrow, and finals on Sunday. Wish us luck!!

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GB Rowing Team on their marks for 2015 European Championships

2015-05-28 11:39
Source Channel:  GB Rowing Team Source Link: http://www.britishrowing.org/news/2015/may/28/gb-rowing-team-their-marks-2015-european-championships

The GB Rowing Team’s 52-strong squad will race in 17 boats at the 2015 European Championships, which begin on Poznan’s Lake Malta in Poland tomorrow and run until Sunday 31st May.

Some last-minute changes to the pre-announced line-ups have been made and include Jack Beaumont, a World U23 double scull medallist, subbing in for an injured Charles Cousins in the squad’s high-achieving men’s quadruple scull, to join Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend and Peter Lambert. The quartet have been drawn in the opposing heat to the World Champions from the Ukraine.

There has also been a re-shaping of the lightweight men’s pair and four. In the four, Sam Scrimgeour, Mark Aldred and Chris Bartley have been joined by 2013 World bronze medallist Jonno Clegg.

Joel Cassells, a newcomer at senior international level, has moved to row in a lightweight pair with his Bann Rowing Club colleague Peter Chambers. The duo both went to the same primary school in Coleraine.

Lake Malta will see the first run-out of the 2015 GB Rowing Team men’s eight. Britain took the World title in this boat class for the first time in history in 2013 and repeated the feat in 2014.

The heats of this event, which also feature Olympic Champions Germany, will round-off the morning’s racing tomorrow and the GB crew will race France, Russia, and the Netherlands.

Reigning men’s four World Champions Mohamed Sbihi, Alex Gregory and George Nash feature in this men’s eight with 2014 eights World Champions Matt Gotrel, Paul Bennett, Peter Reed, Will Satch and cox Phelan Hill in a crew which includes international senior debutant Stewart Innes.

“Everyone has pushed very hard in training over the winter because only two people in the open men’s squad didn’t get a World Championships medal last year so everyone is aware of how strong this squad is. We have been using each other to improve”, said Sbihi.

Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Tom Ransley, Alan Sinclair and Scott Durant will take up the historic mantel of the GB Rowing Team men’s four in Poznan in an event in which GB are the defending European Champions. The former were both World Champions in the eight last year whilst the latter duo were silver medalists in the coxed pair.

James Foad and Matt Langridge, who took World men’s pair silver in 2014, remain the specialist pair. They posted the fastest time by a GB men’s pair in history in winning that 2014 silver, overhauling the time set by James Cracknell and Sir Matt Pinsent in 2002.

Sir David Tanner, Performance Director for the GB Rowing Team, said: “We have 11 World Champions and five other World medallists, returning from last year in our open men’s sweep squad. However, we are not complacent. This is an Olympic qualifying year and other nations will be stepping up. The depth of competition will be stronger and, against that background, we are looking at honing a squad that gives us the best possible chance of qualifying all of our men’s boats for Rio.

“The European Championships are an important event in their own right, too, and everyone selected will also want to add medals and titles”.

Jonny Walton and John Collins will race their heat of the men’s double scull in mid-morning tomorrow and will face the biggest field of the weekend with 21 crews entered, including the Croatian Sinkovic brothers who set a World Best Time last year in an unbeaten season.

Olympic and World Champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will have the opportunity to defend the women’s pair title won for GB by Glover with Polly Swann a year ago. This time round Swann misses out with injury.

Glover said: We anticipate an incredibly tough field this year but the aim is to win medals whilst not losing sight of the main goal which is Rio next year”. Stanning added: “If you look back 12 months I’m in far better shape than I was then. I’ve had a really solid winter and training has been going very well”.

Cristine Grigoras and Laura Oprea of Romania were the silver medalists behind Glover and Swann a year ago whilst the Dutch duo of Elisabeth Hoogerwerf and Olivia van Rooijen won the season’s opening World Cup a few weeks ago. Neither of these nations have been drawn in Glover and Stanning’s heat.

A year ago Katherine Grainger was watching from the lakeside as a BBC pundit in Serbia when Vicky Thornley raced to sixth place with Frances Houghton in the women’s double scull. Houghton races the single in Poznan.

No doubt the fledgling Grainger-Thornley combination will attract some attention beyond rowing fans. Grainger, of course, is the Olympic champion in this discipline, a title she won with Anna Watkins in 2012, and is coming back into the sport after a gap of over two years.

The new-look GB double races in a heat mid-morning tomorrow and Grainger has said about the Europeans: “I’ve never been to a European Championships so I am extremely excited. In a long career you rarely get to do firsts, so that will be good.

“It’s slightly embarrassing how excited I am, I’m kind of giddy all over. Having had the break, it’s a new beginning in some ways but very familiar in others. It’s exciting doing something that I love without really knowing where I stand at the moment”.

The British duo have bene drawn in the same heat as 2013 World Championships silver medallists Magdalena Fularczyk and Natalia Madaj of Poland.

Charlotte Taylor has been picked ahead of Imogen Walsh in the lightweight women’s double scull and will race with Olympic Champion Kat Copeland. Walsh has moved into the single.

“The selections in this boat class have been very, very tight’, said Tanner. “We needed a photo-finish to separate Taylor and Walsh at the Trials and this continues to be a very competitive section of our team”.

“To be selected for your country is a great honour”, said Taylor. “ I am really looking forward to racing”.

Britain also has a new-look lightweight men’s double scull with the experienced 2012 lightweight men’s four medallist Richard Chambers teaming up with Will Fletcher from the 2014 crew.

The new-look GB women’s quad includes 2013 World Junior Champion Jess Leyden, seasoned Olympian and 2010 World Champion Beth Rodford with Melanie Wilson, who qualified as a doctor only a couple of months ago, and Tina Stiller from the 2014 crew. They have been drawn in the same heat as the 2014 all-conquering Germany who have only made one change to their crew this year.

The women’s eight is coxed once more by Morgan Baynham-Williams who has been flown in as a last minute replacement for Zoe de Toledo. This crew also features experienced Olympians Jess Eddie, Katie Greves and Louisa Reeve.

Britain won eight medals, including two golds, at the 2014 European Championships which took place in Belgrade, Serbia. Poznan’s Lake Malta, home of the 2015 Championships has hosted many top international rowing events including the 2007 European Championships and the 2009 World Championships.

The event will be broadcast live by BBC TV with transmission times on Sunday May 31st as follows:

Rowing: European Championships, 09:30-13:45, BBC Red Button
Rowing: European Championships, 11:30-13:50, BBC Two

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CREW LIST

CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)
GB Rowing Team for the 2015 European Championships,
Poznan, 29-31 May

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coach: Robin Williams

Eight

Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)
Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club/Garboldisham/09.06.84)
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial/London/29.04.86)
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)
Louise Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)
Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond/15.12.85)
Morgan Baynham-Williams (Leander Club/Ross-on-Wye/28.6.94)
Coach: James Harris

Single Scull

Frances Houghton (Univ of London Tyrian Club/Oxford/19.09.80)
Coach: Nick Strange

Double Scull

Katherine Grainger (St Andrew BC/Glasgow/12.11.75)
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coach: Paul Thompson

Quadruple Scull

Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Jessica Leyden (Leander Club/Todmorden/22.02.95)
Coach: Nick Strange

Women’s Spares

Karen Bennett (Leander Club/Edinburgh/05.02.89)
Becca Chin (Agecroft RC/Deganwy/11.12.91)

OPEN

MEN

Pair

James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)
Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.83)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Four

Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)
Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Munlochy/16.10.85)
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Ashford/06.09.85)
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)
Coach: Christian Felkel

Eight

Matt Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)
Stewart Innes (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/20.05.91)
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth/27.07.81)
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)
Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/02.10.89)
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler

Single Scull

Angus Groom (Leander Club/Glasgow/16.06.92)
Coach: John West

Double Scull

Jonny Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple Scull

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.93)
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Maidenhead/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Men’s Spares

Callum McBrierty (Leander Club/Edinburgh/13.08.92)
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single Scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Double Scull

Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ingleby Barwick/01.12.90)
Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Coach: Paul Reedy

LIGHTWEIGHT

MEN

Pair

Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/15.06.94)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Four

Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)
Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)
Mark Aldred (London RC/Birmingham/18.04.87)
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Single Scull

Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/05.02.91)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Double Scull

Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)
Will Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)
Coach: Darren Whiter

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2015 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TIMETABLE

Provisional timetable (all times BST)

Friday 29 May

08.30 -12.25 - Heats
14.30-16.00 - Repechages

Saturday 30 May

08.30- 08.45 - Semis C/D
08.50-11.15 – Repechages and Semis A/B
11.25-11.30 – Finals D
11.35 -12.15 – Finals C

Sunday 31 May

08.00-09.15 – B Finals
09.33-13.33 – Finals

Official website for full timetable: http://www.erch2015.com/

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A LOOK BACK TO THE 2014 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Last year’s event in Belgrade, Serbia, was the first time that the GB Rowing Team had taken a full team to the European Championships and they were rewarded with eight medals, including two gold.

Those results put GB on top of the medal table and set the team up for a successful year on the World Cup circuit and at the World Championships in Amsterdam.

2014 European Championships Medals

Women’s Pair – GOLD
Helen Glover, Polly Swann 

Men’s Four – GOLD
Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash, Andrew Triggs Hodge 

Women’s Eight – SILVER
Rosamund Bradbury, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Katie Greves, Donna Etiebet, Jessica Eddie, Zoe Lee, Caragh McMurtry, Louisa Reeve, Zoe de Toledo (cox)

Men’s Quadruple Scull – SILVER
Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins, Graeme Thomas, Peter Lambert 

Lightweight Men’s Pair – SILVER
Sam Scrimgeour, Jonathan Clegg 

Lightweight Men’s Four – SILVER
Mark Aldred, Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers, Chris Bartley

Men’s Eight – BRONZE
Phil Congdon, Oliver Cook, Matthew Gotrel, Pete Reed, William Satch, Matthew Tarrant, Scott Durant, James Foad, Phelan Hill (cox)

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull – BRONZE
Imogen Walsh, Katherine Copeland 

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Video: Washington Husky Crew Looking to Make History

2015-05-27 13:53
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A new video from Washington Husky Crew

This weekend, the when the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship kicks off in Princeton, New Jersey, the Washington Huskies will be looking to accomplish something that has never been done in the more than 100-year history of the IRA...

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Westminster and Headington top National Schools Regatta 2015

2015-05-26 09:05
Source Channel:  British Rowing Source Link: http://www.britishrowing.org/news/2015/may/26/westminster-and-headington-top-national-schools-regatta-2015

Westminster School, winners of the Schools’ Head in March, took the champions eights’ title over St Paul’s with Eton College third in a thrilling finale to Saturday’s racing at this weekend’s National Schools Regatta in Nottingham. With 500 metres to go four crews were in medal contention but it was the Tideway-based school who had left enough spare in the tank to win by a length.

“They are not big lads but they achieved this by rowing well,” explained coach Bill Mason. “That’s two out of three done – now anything is possible at Henley (Royal),” he added.

The next day the Westminster crew split into two coxless fours and took gold and silver with last year’s winners Pangbourne College third.

Headington School retained the girls eights’ title to the loudest cheer of the day as stroke Matilda Martin received the Aylings Challenge Cup from Oxford Blue Maddy Badcott.   

In a change to previous years’ timetables the boy’s championship quads were also held on the Saturday. Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, with three of last year’s silver medal winning crew here and winners of the Fawley Cup at Henley Royal, took gold over Northwich and Pangbourne, the latter the same crew which also took bronze in the coxless fours.  

Flo Pickles from Gloucester Hartpury and Alex Haynes (Reading Blue Coat School) took the girls’ and boys’ championship singles titles respectively, both by just over a length. Pickles then teamed up with fellow GB junior internationals to take her second gold in the girls’ quads the next day.   

Cox Cosmo Webber from Tideway Scullers won a hat-trick of medals, winning a gold in the junior 15 coxed fours, silver in the junior 15 coxed quads and a silver in the 1st fours – and he celebrated his 15th birthday as well! 

A huge event such as National Schools Regatta can only run with the support of the numerous volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds. One of the 100 or so officials on duty this year was newly qualified FISA umpire Remco Nabuurs from the Netherlands. 

He said “The NSR is a unique regatta, anywhere in the world, with well over a thousand crews racing in front of their supporters and all the school marquees – what a spectacle. 

“As a Dutch umpire I’ve now learned to pronounce many (not all!) of their names correctly and was impressed by the experience of the crews, coaches and organisation of the event.”

Chairman George Hammond summed up proceedings, saying: “The 2015 NSR has been one of the most magnificent – near-perfect rowing conditions on all three days helping to provide fine racing which was excitingly fought, and all witnessed by huge enthusiastic crowds. A truly memorable year.”

Full results at http://www.nationalschoolsregatta.co.uk

Report by Maggie Phillips

Photos by Iain Weir at http://rowingphotography.co.uk/

Mixing it up – MyProtein review

2015-05-26 04:39
Source Channel:  Girl on the River Source Link: http://www.girlontheriver.com/2015/05/26/mixing-it-up-myprotein-review/

I told you last time that I’d been shifting some tin in an attempt to get some muscle on my feeble limbs before regatta season starts in earnest, so it was timely that MyProtein recently sent me a selection of products from their range to try out.

The arrival of the MyProtein box created some excitement as my gym-lovin’ teenage son is a big fan of the brand, which he describes as a reliable, no-frills, good value range. All I knew was that I wanted them to taste decent (I really, really don’t like that protein after-taste that you get with some makes). I was also interested in something portable for the post-rowing and post-gym munchies – I’m prone to get a bit lightheaded after I work out.

I tried a few of the products, and they all did what it said on the tin, but there were two stand-out ones that I would buy again.

1. Protein cookie


Good enough for the cookie monster

I wanted something that you could just chuck in your bag and grab quickly, and – equally importantly – something that felt like “normal” food. This did the job beautifully. The ones I tried were chocolate mint flavour and didn’t taste of protein powder. They were pretty filling (not surprising as they contain 37.5g of protein) and half would probably have done, but they tasted so good I never managed just half. Admittedly my son got to quite a few of them before I did, but I think we’ll take that as a good sign. He is dropping heavy hints to me to buy some more now the box is empty.

£16.99 for a box of 12 from MyProtein.com.

2. L-glutamine


Surprisingly tasty

Glutamine is an amino acid, in this instance in powder form. I’m aware that opinion is divided on the need to take it as a supplement, but its proponents say it’s worth taking as glutamine levels fall sharply during intense training and take several days to return. Glutamine is necessary for synthesising protein and is thought to help the immune system.

I’m not a professional dietitian so I wouldn’t feel qualified to comment on this, but to a lay ear it sounds like sense to me. With my medical history I get easily run down so anything that can help me along during hard training appeals quite a lot. I’ve been taking the L-glutamine for a little while now and so far so good in terms of energy levels and recovery (OK, everything aches right now, but nobody said it would stop that from happening).

The main thing is that it tastes OK. I was sent the tropical flavour, which I confess I expected to be revolting, but actually it’s quite nice – a bit like a fruit squash. And yes, I’d buy.

£5.99 for 250g (you take 15g/day) from MyProtein.com

Note: the products featured here were sent as a gift by MyProtein but, as always, this is my honest and independent opinion.

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ACRA Championships, 2015: RowingRelated Recap and Review

2015-05-26 04:16
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The famous finish line tower at Lake Lanier (Photo: A.J. Brooks)

The 2015 American Collegiate Rowing Championships, celebrating the best of the best in intercollegiate club rowing in the United States, showed once again that the level that it takes to reach the top of the podium continues to rise...

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Video Of The Week: Reading University's Singular Sculling Focus

2015-05-26 01:31
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This week, we're taking a quick break from our coverage of the U.S. intercollegiate racing season to showcase our friends across the pond at Reading University.

While RUBC has been featured in the past on our Instagram account thanks to some pretty epic clips (some of which are included as part of...

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Ideas/calls/motivation for the end of the season…

2015-05-26 00:05
Source Channel:  Ready All, Row... Source Link: https://readyallrow.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/ideascallsmotivation-for-the-end-of-the-season/

This is an email I sent over the weekend to our varsity coxswain who will be driving the four we’re taking to IRAs this weekend. As I’ve said in the past, being in the launch every day has its perks and while it may be boring at times it can be a useful tool once the end of the season rolls around. I tend to take a lot of notes when we’re out, either in a notebook or on my phone, and it’s nice to be able to pull them out now and get a few ideas for calls or new things to say that we haven’t talked about in awhile. Even though you could take a lot of what I said down below into the boat with you verbatim, there’s really only a few explicitly laid out calls in here. There’s a lot to be inferred though so coming up with calls on your own shouldn’t be hard.

“Here’s some of my notes on the guys from the last few months. The whole not being able to see them thing means you’ve gotta rely on what you know they have a tendency to do and these are their tendencies. Incorporate these into your calls this week (throughout the entire practice, not just the 500s and 250s we’ll be doing) so you can pull them out on Fri/Sat/Sun without having to think about it.

STROKE

– No wind up
– No up and down movement with the shoulders at the catch – lock the blade in then hang on it (“suspend send” for three is a good call here…don’t say “for the next three” or anything, just call it…)
– Keep the hands moving out of the finish – he’s got to be a metronome if he’s gonna stroke this four and it’s on you to not let up for a single stroke if you see the rate fall off.
– Release clean, feel the boat send away followed by smooth, relaxed hands out of the finish
– Lean into the rigger

THREE

– Keep the shoulders low
– Patient with hands out of the finish
– Don’t lunge at the catch
– Hold the finishes, has a tendency to wash out at higher rates/pressures

TWO

– Sit up/posture in general, particularly through the back end
– Stay loose in the shoulders (tends to get tense when told to sit up)
– Don’t get grabby at the catch
– Back it in, don’t miss water at the catch
– Hands down and away – specifically say “[his name]” when you make this call so he knows you’re talking to him
– Stay connected with the feet at the finish

BOW

– Hold the finishes in
– Don’t cut off the lay back, get all the swing through the finish – especially important since he’s in bow now

General stuff

– Suspend the weight, feet light on the stretchers
– Accelerate with the hips
– No lift out of the catch
– Find speed through the legs
– Smooth turnaround at the finish, keep the hands and seat moving (important for [STROKE], he adds the tiniest pause over the knees and that’s where [THREE] + [TWO] get ahead of him)
– Build together through the water, don’t force it via rushing the hands out of bow ([THREE] + [TWO] in particular but applies to the whole boat)
– Stay relaxed and long

During the “10 to relax” after the start, focus on actually getting them to relax and swing rather than just calling another 10. You shouldn’t need to count this out, instead remind them that every stroke needs to be relaxed but intentional, free of tension, etc. and then make repetitive swing-related calls for several strokes as you begin to establish your rhythm. Keep your voice calm but focused here.

Third 500 – the focus has to re-shift back to their form as fatigue sets in. Catches sharp, posture tall, cores solid, chins up, hanging on the handle, sequencing, mind over matter, etc. – all of it has to be on point. Every single thing you say, more so in this 500 than any other 500 during the race, has to have a purpose otherwise all you’re doing is taking speed away instead of adding it.

During the last 500 when you build for the sprint you have to be unrelenting when it comes to those rates. I know we’ve talked about not getting picky when it falls off by a beat but during the sprint that can’t happen. As the rate goes up remind them to sustain their rhythm and speed by picking it up together and staying light on the seats. As [THREE] said, the organization during this chunk needs to be better. There can’t be any second-guessing, tripping over your calls, periods of silence, etc. especially if you’re tight with another crew. Be prepared. Eliminate all distractions. Be relentless. That’s your only job this week.”

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Video of the Week: Blades + Boaters

2015-05-25 13:37
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Any rowing video that has a soundtrack with music from Pink Floyd (my favorite Pink Floyd song, no less) and Joe Walsh in it is my kinda video.

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Music to erg to, pt. 91

2015-05-24 22:54
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Somehow managed to not hit “publish” on this on Friday so here it is now. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that last week we were seat racing for the four we’re taking to IRAs, which is this coming Friday through Sunday. We’ll be leaving on Thursday (early Thursday) so just a heads up that I’ll most definitely be unreachable by email between Wednesday afternoon (May 27th) and the following Monday (June 1st).

Keep an eye out for Tuesday’s post, if you’re looking for some last minute ideas for calls as we start to bring the spring season to a close then you should find this post helpful.

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American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships, 2015: RR Preview

2015-05-22 21:55
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The 2015 ACRA Championships are set to begin tomorrow morning on the 1996 Olympic course at Lake Lanier, Georgia, and, well, it just wouldn't be right if we didn't take the opportunity to shoot our mouths off and throw some picks and predictions out there. Feel free to use them as...

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Athlete in the Spotlight: Charlotte Taylor

2015-05-22 08:35
Source Channel:  GB Rowing Team Source Link: http://www.britishrowing.org/news/2015/may/22/athlete-spotlight-charlotte-taylor

GB Rowing Team news caught up recently with Charlotte Taylor in the latest of our series of spotlight features on squad members. We'll add another each month so look out for future editions. Tweet us via @GBRowingTeam if there is an athlete you would like to see featured.

Charlotte Taylor

Birthdate: 14/08/1985
Height: 165cm
Weight: 57kg
Hometown: London
Education: Sharnbrook Upper School, University of St Andrews
Began rowing in: 2010
Clubs (past and present): Putney Town RC

Charlotte Taylor only took up rowing in 2010 to meet new friends - and within four years was standing on a World Cup podium for the GB Rowing Team.

Now she is set to partner Olympic champion Kat Copeland in the lightweight women’s double scull at the 2015 European Championships in Poznan, Poland later this month.

Charlotte joined Putney Town RC after relocating to London and – naturally sporty having previously tried gymnastics, running and cycling – immediately proved to be a natural on the water.

She really announced herself as one to watch in 2013 as she enjoyed tremendous success on the domestic stage.

Charlotte was victorious in the lightweight single scull at both the Henley Women’s Regatta and Home International Regatta, then won the quad at the latter event and the lightweight women’s double sculls at the British Championships.

She also finished fifth in her first attempt at the GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials, impressing the selectors.

Charlotte pulled on a British vest for the first time at the 2014 European Championships, finishing just outside the medals in the lightweight single scull, and made a successful World Cup debut a few weeks later in Aiguebelette.

Teamed up with Ellie Piggott in a GBR2 crew, they completed a GB Rowing Team one-two in the lightweight women’s double scull by finishing runners-up to Olympic champion Copeland and Imogen Walsh.

Charlotte and Ellie then formed a lightweight women’s quadruple scull with Ruth Walczak and Brianna Stubbs for the World Championships in Amsterdam, finishing sixth overall.

A thrilling single sculls final at the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials saw Charlotte pipped to victory by Imogen in a photo-finish.

As she prepares for her second season with the GB Rowing Team, we caught up with Charlotte to chat about her career to date and life outside the boat.

GBRT: How and why did you first start rowing?

CT: I started rowing when I moved to London in 2010. I had begun a new job and wanted a social sport to meet some new people. My dad has always rowed and suggested it could be the sport for me. The irony is, I told dad at the time that I didn't want a sport that would take over my life, just one to settle me into London life!

GBRT: What has been your biggest success and your biggest disappointment in the sport so far?

CT: My biggest success would be the silver medal I won with Ellie Piggott in the double at the second World Cup in Aigubellette. However, I would also say that earning my first GB vest at the Europeans last year was also up there. Having not competed as junior or U23, my first senior vest was a very significant and proud moment. My biggest disappointment would be missing out on the medals at the Worlds last year. I feel that we underperformed but, again, my feelings are mixed with pride as this was also my first World Championships.

GBRT: What are some of your most memorable moments in your career so far?

CT: Winning Henley women’s in my single was one of my most memorable moments. So many people from my club, Putney Town, had come to support me so it was a really special moment. Going to the Europeans last year is also up there. For the first time I was surrounded by all these amazing athletes I had watched on TV and it felt amazing to be competing alongside them.

GBRT: What aspirations do you have within the sport?

CT: My immediate focus is on earning my seat in the double this season. However, I also aspire to compete at the Olympic Games, continue the legacy of 2012 and win gold.

GBRT: Who is your best friend within the rowing set-up and why?

CT: Ooo, that is a tricky one. I couldn't say one individual. The team is full of amazing people who offer different friendship and support in different ways. Outside of the team I would have to say Tom Evens, who coached me into the team and then in my first international races last year. He gave up and dedicated so much of his time to help me succeed and still provides me with invaluable support and friendship.

GBRT: Who do you look up to?

CT: In rowing, the usual suspects have to be admired – Katherine Grainger, Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, and all the lightweights past and present. Rich Chambers is a force to be reckoned with. Outside of rowing I have many sporting heroes and in life, our friend and fast-jet pilot Paul Beavers, A&E superheroes Tom and Julie-Anne Evens, and my brother who overcame having a stroke aged three and has brought my adorable niece into the world.

GBRT: What hobbies and hidden talents do you have?

CT: Hmm, I can't really say rowing is a hobby anymore. I'm pretty awesome at making chocolate browies and made them every morning at university to help pay my way. I'm OK at drawing and painting, I love a good paint by numbers, and I can turn my hand to a bit of knitting (edgy!). I love hillwalking when we have time off and I learnt Farsi for a year but I can't really remember much of that anymore...

GBRT: What are some of your favourite bands?

CT: I don't really have a favourite. I like lots of things, particularly anything I can dance to.

GBRT: Favourite books?

CT: Danny the Champion of the World, Charlotte's Web, Early One Morning, The Book Thief, The Shadow of The Wind, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

GBRT: Favourite films and TV shows?

CT: The Jungle Book. I love most BBC documentaries and I'm a sucker for Bake Off and Masterchef. Also most BBC dramas tend to get me hooked.

GBRT: What qualifications and job aspirations do you have outside of rowing?

CT: To be honest I don’t really have any aspirations at the moment apart from focusing on being an athlete – I did quite a lot of studying and working before I found rowing and have only just given that up to focus on my sport full-time. I’d love to be a chocolatier one day when I don’t have to be lightweight anymore.

Flashback Friday: May 17th – 23rd

2015-05-22 00:05
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ONE YEAR AGO
QOTD: What checks the boats run? Recently in our octo the run of the boat is checked but I don’t know how to prevent it and what to call to make it better. Thanks, love this blog, so helpful!

VOTW: Visualizing the perfect race (with Caroline Lind of the USA W8+)

QOTD: I’m brand spanking new at coxing. I’m an indoor rower instructor, where correcting form and giving cues is based on having a good view of body position. As a cox, I don’t have the body cues of my crew to help me (beyond my stern seat.) I know paddle height and timing should be telling me what I need, but I’m having a hard time interpreting what I’m seeing into form correction. Any thoughts you could share are appreciated!

Race day warmups

QOTD: Hi! I’m a sophomore girl who just finished her novice year as first boat coxswain. I began fall as a rower and started coxing half way through winter (after Crash-Bs). Due to several strokes (haha) of luck (for me) I quickly moved up from being my teams third and least experienced coxswain to my teams only, most experienced, and favored coxswain. We eventually gained two more coxswains but I remained my coach’s and rower’s favorite. Point of this is that coxing novice first 8+ and first 4+ through several gold medals this season had given me a lot of confidence and I thought I’d be ready for varsity and that I might even be able to beat out some of their current coxswains. But, a couple weeks ago, I broke two riggers and and an oar on our best boat during practice in an accident that left the boat itself and my rowers in tact and ever since then I’m pretty sure the varsity coach–my future coach–hates me a little and no longer trusts me like he seemed to before hand. I apologized and took full responsibility for breaking the boat, the riggers and oar were replaced without too much hassle, and me and my rowers went on to place a close 2nd at Midwest in that boat. The overall point of this whole story are my questions: do you have any tips on how to improve my coxing over the summer (during which I’m not doing any sort of summer rowing programs)? And, are there any specific things you think I should do to help gain the varsity coach’s trust back? I want to prove to him that I’m good enough for second boat or for the lightweight V8 even as a junior with only a year of experience because I really think I’m not that bad of a coxswain now and that any sort of improvement could boost that. Anyway, thank you so much for this blog and for whatever answer or advice you can give!

Words.

TWO YEARS AGO
VOTW: Video of Harvard, Penn, and Navy racing in the basin plus some quick tips on how to cox a race when you’re up by a lot or clearly racing for second.

QOTD: Hi, I was just wondering when you would suggest talking to college coaches? Like, 6 months before you start college? A year? 2 years?? I’m a bit lost! Thanks! :-)

QOTD: Do you know if CRI or any other programs offer an occasional rec rowing program? I’m post collegiate living in Boston and want to row but don’t have the time to commit to a real team.

QOTD: Thoughts on coxswain evaluations? How should they be approached as a coach? And as a coxswain? What is the most effective method you have seen? (Check out this post for more on evals and how I do them with our coxswains…)

Words.: Ordinary vs. Extraordinary

QOTD: Hi! So I have unfortunately not been able to get on the water and row for about a year due to family/medical issues. I can now luckily start again and get back on the water this summer in a non-competive program. I’m just really scared that I forgot what to do and I will be the worst one there. Is there any advice you have for getting back in the swing of things? Sorry for the stupid question, thanks!

QOTD: Once we are underway with an outing or actually in a race, I am completely in control and able to respond to any situation and keep a level head, which is what I think makes me a good cox. I find it difficult to keep that same composure on land or as we navigate up to the start. I panic and stress that we are missing a rower/ late/ something has gone wrong. I find it difficult to not get irate with my crew and my coach tells me to stop stressing but I don’t know how. Help?

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Video: An Inside Look at a Historic Year for Rowing New Zealand

2015-05-19 20:55
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The Kiwi men's eight training on the Montlake Cut (Photo by B. Kitch for ROWING Magazine)

This year, Rowing New Zealand will be looking to qualify no less than 48 athletes—the maximum number allowed for any single rowing federation—for the Olympics in Rio.

It's an aggressive move from one of the...

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