The thursday morning reps brought a measure of redemption for US crews, as the US JW4- and JW2- qualified for the 'A' finals in their event. For the other US crews in action during the morning, it was a case of good-but-not-good-enough, as the JM4+, JW1x and JM1x each missed qualifying.
For the Junior women's 4-, thursday morning was a return to form as the defending champions posted the fastest time out of the reps, and will once again race for the money in the A Final on Saturday.
The USA JW2- also looked a great deal more vigorous in the reps, rowing a solid piece to take a slot in the A Final. After wednesday's row, which saw the pair essentially paddle home over one minute adrift, the performance in the reps has to mean that Alexis Peterson and Amanda Kendrick have started to find their stride at the regatta.
For the USA JM4+, who rowed in the faster of two reps, the next stop will be the B-Final. The US looked in it, but could never quite match the pace of the Ukraine and Croatia.
In the single sculling events, the USA's Owen Pope and Susan BeVille were just off the pace set in their fields, the largest of the regatta, and will race in the Semifinals C/D tomorrow to determine their seeding in either the C or D finals. The single sculling events at the junior world championships are traditionally raced at a very high level; indeed, all three medalists in the women's single at the Sydney Olympics were former Junior World championships in the single. For Pope and BeVille, they'll be back to race another day.
The morning races were run in conditions that were a decided improvement over the wednesday heats, with little wind and intermittent drizzle throughout the morning.