Two U.S. senior crews advanced to the finals from the semifinals Friday at the 2000 FISA Junior and Non-Olympic Senior World Rowing Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. In total, the U.S. will have six senior non-Olympic crews competing in Sunday's final, while five crews will compete in Saturday's finals for junior events.
The men's four with coxswain of coxswain Jeff Liddy, Ben Holbrook (Hartland, Wis.), Jim Neil (Buffalo, N.Y.), Garrett Klugh (Santa Monica, Calif.), and Ryan Torgerson (Cleveland, Ohio) won the second semifinal in a time of 6:11.84 to advance to Sunday's final. The crew finished 2.46 seconds ahead of Germany to claim the top spot, while Great Britain won the first semifinal in a time of 6:09.14.
In the women's lightweight single sculls, Lisa Schlenker (Portland, Ore.), last year's silver medalist in the event, stroked a 7:46.55 to finish second in her semifinal. Schlenker shut down to conserve energy for Sunday's final and finished 6.36 seconds behind the sculler from Finland. However, she still recorded the second fastest time of the day. The sculler from Ireland won the second semifinal in a time of 7:48.09.
The women's lightweight quadruple sculls finished fourth in its semifinal, failing to advance to Sunday's final. The crew stroked a 7:03.37 to finish nearly five seconds behind the first-place Australian crew and 2.52 seconds behind Great Britain for the third and last spot in the final. The lightweight quad will compete Sunday in the "B" final, which determines places 7-12.
Men's lightweight single sculler Marcus Millard (Atlanta, Ga.) finished fifth in his semifinal, also failing to advance to the final. Millard stroked a 7:13.68 to finish 10 seconds behind the first-place Czech Republic sculler. Millard will compete in Sunday's "B" final.
The men's lightweight quadruple sculls finished sixth in its semifinal in a time of 6:14.46. Japan won the race in a time of 6:02.69. Like the women's lightweight quad, the crew will compete in the "B" final on Sunday.
Six U.S. senior non-Olympic crews will compete in Sunday's finals. The women's lightweight pair, women's four, men's pair with coxswain, and men's lightweight eight will join the men's four with coxswain and the women's lightweight single sculls in the finals.
In Friday's junior races, junior men's single sculler Shane O'Mara (Tampa, Fla.) finished third in his semifinal and failed to advance to the finals. He will compete in the "B" final for places 7-12 on Saturday. The junior men's double sculls crew finished fourth in its "C/D" semifinal and will now compete in the "D" final for places 19-21.
Five U.S. junior crews did advance to Saturday's finals earlier in the week. The list includes the junior women's four, junior women's eight, junior men's pair with coxswain, junior men's four with coxswain, and the junior men's eight.
The 2000 FISA Junior and Non-Olympic Senior World Rowing Championships continue Saturday with finals in all junior events. 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.