Men’s eight advances to semis at FISA World Rowing U-23

Canada’s men’s eight crew, including Oakville’s Doug Csima, advanced to the semifinals after placing third in their heat at the opening of the 2007 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships yesterday (Friday) in Strathclyde, Scotland.

The Canadians were clocked in 6:01.31 while the U.S. took the heat in 5:58.92; Poland was second in 6:00.80.
With Csima are Will Crothers (Kingston, Ont.), Max Lang (Lumby, B.C.), Matt Evans (London, UK.), Jan Tize (West Vancouver, B.C.), Chris Aylard (Victoria, B.C.), Geoffrey Roth (Edmonton,), Stephen Connolly (Shawnigan Lake, BC), and coxswain Mark Laidlaw (Mississauga,).

Fraser Berkhout of St. Catharines, rowing in the U23 men’s single, was beaten in his heat and will row in a rep.

Canada has six crews in Scotland. The women’s eight event has yet to begin racing.