Women’s pair miss qualifying for Olympics

Canada’s women’s pair of Natalie Mastracci of Thorold and Larissa Lagzdins of Burlington finished fourth at the final Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland on Tuesday (May 22) and missed an Olympic berth in this event.

Germany won today’s final in 7:17.88, Argentina was second in 7:20.05 – these crews qualify for the 2012 Olympics (in addition to those crews that qualified last year at the World Championships). The Canadian pair finished in 7:22.67 behind Croatia (7:22.24).

“It was a valiant effort by both athletes,” said Peter Cookson, High Performance Director for Rowing Canada Aviron. “Unfortunately, today they were beaten out in fierce competition for those final two Olympic spots.”

This was Canada’s only crew at this final qualifier. In their heat on Monday, Mastracci and Lagzdins were third in 7:14.24.

The Canadian boats that have already qualified – based on last year’s World Championships results – will compete this weekend at World Cup 2, also in Lucerne, Switzerland.