Five U.S. junior crews advanced from the repechages Thursday at the 2000 FISA Junior and Non-Olympic Senior World Rowing Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
The junior women's eight of coxswain Shaina Kennedy (Seattle, Wash.), Missy Fiesler (Jacksonville, Fla.), Deborah Dryer (Cincinnati, Ohio), Caryn Davies (Ithaca, N.Y.), Nicole Ginn (Ft. Wright, Ky.), Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.), Sam Magee (Simsbury, Conn.), Teresa Oja (Sandy, Ore.), and Laura Terheyden (Colma, Calif.) won its repechage to advance to Saturday's final. The crew clocked a 6:26.19 to finish 1.36 seconds ahead of the Russian crew.
The junior men's eight also won its repechage to advance to the final. The crew of coxswain Mark Albert (Worcester, Mass.), Eric Davidson (Berkeley, Calif.), Mark Hall (Southport, Conn.), Sam Cates (Portland, Ore.), John Durham (Midland, Texas), Ray Hohenstein (Springfield, Va.), Will Herter (Madison, Conn.), Alex Binkley (Cambridge, Mass.), and Tim Dittman (Malvern, Pa.) stroked a 5:48.67 to defeat Poland by 2.19 seconds. Russia won the second repechage in a time of 5:43.88.
Likewise, the junior men's pair with coxswain of Mike Lucey (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Troy Kepper (Tallahassee, Fla.), and Alex Hearne (Princeton, N.J.) won its repechage to advance directly to Saturday's final. The crew stroked a 7:18.81 to best Croatia for the top spot. Junior men's single sculler Shane O'Mara (Tampa, Fla.) also won his repechage in the day's best time of 7:06.42. O'Mara advanced to Friday's semifinals.
The junior men's four with coxswain finished second in its repechage, advancing to the final. The crew finished in a time of 6:26.91, 3.65 seconds behind first-place Germany but 2.12 seconds ahead of Romania for the final qualifying position.
The junior men's double sculls and the junior women's pair finished fifth and sixth, respectively, and failed to advance.
The 2000 FISA Junior and Non-Olympic Senior World Rowing Championships continue Friday with semifinals in all events. Finals in the junior events will be held Saturday, while finals in the senior events will be held Sunday. In the Olympic year, the Olympic Games serve as the world championships for all Olympic-class boats.