Canadian women advance to World’s final

rowingCanada’s women’s eight, with a Golden Horseshoe flavor in the crew, made its first appearance and advance to the medal race of the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Korea at the Tangeum Lake regatta course.

The eight goes directly to the A final after Monday morning’s (Aug. 26) heat. Romania won in 6:07.86; Canada was second in 6:08.52; New Zealand third in 6:18.98, and Russia off the pace in 6:23.57 (all times over 2.000 metres).

“We got into a really nice rhythm off the start, we trusted it in the first 1,500 metres. There are still some of the pieces of the puzzle we need to put together, so I’m looking forward to the final,” said St. Catharines native Kristen Kit, who is the crew’s coxswain.

“The world steps up their game at the World Championships – we are really excited for the opportunity to show what we’ve worked on since Lucerne (World Cup).”

The U.S. women clearly won the other heat in 6:03.19, with Australia also going directly to the A final in 6:10.94.

The Canadian crew is Lisa Roman (Vancouver), Jennifer Martins (Toronto), Carolyn Ganes (Saskatoon), Susanne Grainger (London), Sarah Black (Ottawa), Christine Roper (Victoria, BC), Natalie Mastracci (Thorold), Cristy Nurse (Georgetown, ON), and Kit). Of the women in this crew, only Mastracci was in the 2012 Olympic eight that won a silver in London.

“They are working on an effective race strategy, and in the final I think we’ll see them execute that,” said Peter Cookson, High Performance Director. “Overall, I’m pleased with the team’s progress.”

The other Canadian race, earlier in the day, was the lightweight men’s pair. Eric Woelfl of St. Catharines and Brendan Hodge of Delta, BC, finished third in their heat and must row in the rep.

The only Canadian crew that hasn’t raced yet is the women’s four – Mastracci, Black, Roper, and Nurse – that is made of members of the women’s eight. They race on Tuesday in a preliminary race.

The regatta continues to Sept. 1. A record number of 74 nations have entered this year in 14 Olympic boat classes, plus the eight “international” boat classes. More information and full results at