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Draw out for Varese Rowing World Cup

  • 19 Jun 15

FISA have released the heats draw for the Varese World Rowing Cup. There are more than 750 international athletes from 42 countries confirmed to race in Varese, Italy for the World Cup regatta.

The first New Zealand crew racing is the women’s pair of Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast. They will be aiming for a top three placing to take the direct path to the semi-finals. Gowler and Prendergast will be racing Great Britain’s second crew Rebecca Chin and Lucinda Gooderham, USA’s crew of Felice Mueller and Eleanor Logan, Italy’s second crew of Illaria Broggini and Veronica Calabrese and Poland’s Anna and Maria Wierzbowska. The women’s pair has a total of 18 entries.

Men’s sweep reserves Paddy McInnes and Axel Dickinson will be up next in the men’s pair. The men’s pair has 16 entries and the kiwi combination will be racing crews from the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and two German crews. Dickinson and McInnes will need a top three placing to head to the semi-final otherwise they will face a repechage.

The men’s quad will have a tougher progression with only the top crew allowed directly to the A Final, with all other crews required to face a repechage. The New Zealand crew of Karl Manson, George Bridgewater, John Storey and Jade Uru will be racing USA, Australia, Germany, Norway and Poland in the heats. There are 13 entries in the men’s quad event at this world cup event.

The new women's double scull combination of Zoe Stevenson and Eve MacFarlane will meet Belarus, Argentina, Sweden and USA in the heats, they will need a top two finish to progress to the semi-finals.

The men's single scull has the largest number of entries with a total of 35 scullers. In the heats Drysdale will compete against scullers from Brazil, Canada, Denmark and Great Britain second sculler Jack Beaumont. Sculling reserve Giacomo Thomas faces tough competition with the 2014 world champion Czech Ondrej Synek in his field along with scullers from China, Germany and Finland. To progress directly to the quarter-finals a top four finish is needed by both kiwi scullers.

It’s a tough road to the semi-final of the women’s single scull, with a top placing needed by New Zealanders Fiona Bourke and Olivia Loe in their respective heats. There are a total of 24 entries at this world cup in this boat class. Loe will be in first heat against USA, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and China. Bourke will face scullers from Italy, Bulgaria, Austria and Australia.

Adam Ling will represent New Zealand in the men’s lightweight single and in the heats he will contest the world champion from Italy Marcello Miani, another Italian Francesco Pegoraro, Germany’s Max Roeger and Denmark’s Andrej Bendtsen. Ling will need to be in the top two to go directly to the semi-finals.

Zoe McBride and Jackie Kiddle will contest the women’s lightweight single event that has a total of 14 scullers competing; the kiwis will need to place in the top three to head straight to the semi-final. McBride is up first and will challenge scullers from China, Japan, Latvia and Denmark. Kiddle will race scullers from China, Argentina and Brazil.

Peter Taylor and Hayden Cohen are one of 22 entries in the men’s lightweight double. Taylor has not competed in this event since the 2012 Olympic Games where he won the bronze medal with crewmate Storm Uru. Cohen and Taylor will be racing Poland and Japan’s number two crews, USA and Great Britain in the heats. They will need to win in order to gain a semi-final spot, otherwise they will be off to the repechages.

19 countries are racing in the lightweight women's double sculls with New Zealand duo of Julia Edward and Sophie MacKenzie the defending champions. In the heats they will race France, Poland, Argentina, and the second ranked crews from Great Britain and Italy. The kiwis will need to be the first to cross the finishing line to head straight to the semi-finals.

Curtis Rapley, James Lassche, Alistair Bond and James Hunter will be looking to regain New Zealand’s top dog status in the men’s lightweight four after the crew finished the season with silver at the 2014 world championships after taking two world cup wins throughout the season. Their first mission is to be in the top two crews in their heat to progress straight to the semi-finals. They will be racing Argentina, Australia, Japan and China’s number two crew. The men’s lightweight four boat class has a total of 17 entries.

New Zealand is fielding a men’s four for the first time since 2013 and the crew is one of 12 entries at this second world cup event. New Zealanders Anthony Allen, Alex Bardoul, Bobby Kells and Finn Howard need a top finish to claim an A final spot, they will have to beat USA, Cuba, Great Britain, Poland and Belarus in the process to achieve this.

The New Zealand women’s quad crew of Erin-Monique O’Brien, Lucy Spoors, Georgia Perry and Sarah Gray remained unchanged from the 2014 season where they finished fifth at the world championships. They will expect some tight racing in the heats, with the top two crews from each heat claiming an A final berth. In their heat they face Germany - the world champions, France, China and Poland.

It is the first time in two years that a New Zealand women’s eight will be in the starting blocks at a world rowing regatta and their first challenge is toppling current Olympic and world champions USA in the heats. They will also face Great Britain and the Australians. New Zealand will be confident they can beat their trans-Tasman rivals after defeating them at a recent Winter Series regatta at Lake Karapiro in May. The women’s eight need to win to go directly to the A final. Women’s pair rowers Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast will sit out of this boat for the second world cup, but reserves Ashlee Rowe and Kristen Froude come into the crew in their place.

New Zealand has not fielded a men’s eight at the elite level since 2012 where they crew of the day attempted to qualify for the Olympics. This men’s eight has talent with eight of nine of the double under-23 world champion eight crew members from 2013 and 2014. The men’s eight’s first test at the elite level is to finish in the top two to progress directly to the A final. They are racing Italy’s number two crew, France, Germany and USA in the heats.

The men's double scull of Robbie Manson and Chris Harris are sitting out this world cup event as they are returning from injury.

The World Cup II Heats Draw - http://www.worldrowing.com/assets/pdfs/WCp2_2015/RO0000Y19_C52_20150619.pdf

Results will be available on World Rowinghttp://www.worldrowing.com/events/2015-world-rowi...

Live coverage will be available on Sky TV NZ –

World Rowing Cup II - Live - Sun, 21 June 2015 21:35pm SKY Sport 3
World Rowing Cup II - Replay - Mon, 22 June 2015 06:00am SKY Sport 1
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Mon, 22 June 2015 16:30pm SKY Sport 4
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Mon, 22 June 2015 21:30pm SKY Sport 3
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Tues, 23 June 2015 5:30am SKY Sport 1
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Tues, 23 June 2015 10:00am SKY Sport 3
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Thurs, 25 June 2015 09:00am SKY Sport 4
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Fri, 26 June 2015 09:30am SKY Sport 4
World Rowing Cup II - Highlights - Sat, 27 June 2015 2:00am SKY Sport 3