COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anniken Ellingsen, Regina Pieroth and Claudia Wurzel, a trio that has or will have connections to the Ohio State rowing program, wrapped up day one Thursday at the 2009 World Rowing Under-23 Championships with strong outings. The championships will run through Sunday in Racice, Czech Republic.
Ellingsen, who participated in the lightweight single (BLW1x) for Norway, advanced to the event’s semifinal race with a Top 2 placing. In the second of three heats, Ellingsen finished second (8:18.70) to Great Britain’s Katherine Copeland (8:11.29). It was at the 1,500-meter mark Ellingsen made her final push to advance to the semifinals. In third place the first 1,000 meters, trailing Copeland and Switzerland’s Angelina Casanova, Ellingsen finished the third leg of the race 1.79 seconds ahead of Casanova and at that point was able to maintain a steady stroke and gain enough distance to place her among the final six.
Including Ellingsen and Copeland, the semifinals will include Mariann Novak from Hungry, Hanna Bandarevich from Belarus, Helke Nieschlag, a native of Germany, and Canadian Ricki Baxter. The first semifinal heat is Saturday and final action gets underway Sunday.
Defending U-23 straight four (BW4-) champions Italy had its hands full in its first race as it finished second in the first of two heats to New Zealand. The Italians clocked in at 7:04.33, .83 seconds behind New Zealand’s 7:03.50. However, Wurzel, who lettered for the Buckeyes from 2007-09, and the Italian crew still have a chance to repeat as champions; the Top 2 boats from the two heats will meet Sunday in the final. Italy was quickly behind New Zealand and Belarus in the first 500 meters, but by the 1,000-meter mark gained enough ground to surpass Belarus for that critical second-place position. At the 1,500-meter stretch, Italy only was .43 seconds behind New Zealand and owned a nearly two-second advantage on Belarus. Joining New Zealand and Italy in the final are Great Britain and France.
Incoming Buckeye freshman Pieroth competed in the lightweight quad (BLW4x) for Germany and led the crew to an impressive 4.67-second win (6:48.18-6:52.85) over the United States in the first heat. Like the straight four, the Top 2 boats from each heat will advance to the final, which will take place Sunday. Germany dominated the field from the start and never relinquished its lead throughout the 2,000 meters. Owning a .92-second advantage in the first 500 meters over the Netherlands, Germany steadily distanced itself over the course of the next 1,500 meters. At the 1,000-meter mark it led the U.S. by 2.52 seconds and at the 1,500-meter point was in the lead by 3.54 seconds. Austria and Japan also advanced to the final.
2009 World Rowing Under-23 Championships
Racice, Czech Republic
Lightweight Single (BLW1X)
Heat 2 (Top 2 advance to semifinals)
Name (Country) - Time
1. Katherine Copeland (Great Britain) – 8:11.29
2. Anniken Ellingsen (Norway) – 8:18.70
3. Angelina Casanova (Switzerland) – 8:30.06
4. Barbora Sagova (Slovakia) – 8:31.42
5. Fatemeh Khalaj (Iran) – 8:33.89
6. Yara Pereira (Poland) – 9:01.20
Straight Four (BW4-)
Heat 1 (Top 2 advance to final)
|1.||New Zealand||7:03.50 |
Lightweight Quad (BLW4x)
Heat 1 (Top 2 advance to final)