Silver for men, women fourth at World Rowing meet

The Canadian women’s eight, with two local rowers, finished a respectable fourth at the World Rowing Championships on the weekend.

The Canadian U23 women’s eight is Allison Doodeman of Thorold, Natalie Mastracci of St. Catharines, Ainsley Braun (cox) of Victoria, Ashton Brown of Calgary, Stephanie Morrison of Nelson B.C., Erika Shaw of Victoria, Jennifer Tuters of Peterborough, Jody Schuurman of Vancouver, B.C. and Ame Hicks of 100 Mile House, B.C. They had a time of 6:46.22

The U.S. won the gold in 6:36.01; Poland finished second in 6:39.72 and Belarus third in 6:43.35.

The U.S. won the men’s eight contest in 5:49.42; Canada overtook Poland to finish second in 5:53.30, leaving the Polish crew to claim bronze in 5:54.57.

The silver medalists are Anthony Jacob of Vancouver, Conlin McCabe of Brockville, Ont., Will Dean of Kelowna, B.C., Blake Pucsek of Victoria B.C., Chris Aylard of Victoria, Will Crothers of Kingston, Ont., Stephen Connolly of Calgary, Rob Gibson of Kingston, and Ronan Sabo-Walsh (cox) of Vancouver.

More than 700 athletes participated in this year’s Under 23 Worlds, with the host country, Germany, coming up big with five gold medals.