Canada qualifies eight boats for World Rowing finals

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Canada sends two more crews to finals at world rowing championships
(CP) – 30 minutes ago

POZNAN, Poland — Two more Canadian crews qualified for their respective finals Friday at the world rowing championships.

Lindsay Jennerich of Victoria and Sheryl Preston of North Delta, B.C., finished second in their semifinal in the lightweight women’s double to advance to Sunday’s final. Greece won in seven minutes 29.50 seconds, followed by Canada in 7:31.57 and Australia in 7:32.13.

The Canadians sat in fourth place for the first part of the race, but made a move at the right time to secure a spot in the medal round.

“We knew we had a strong middle 1,000 (metres) in our back pocket,” said Jennerich.

Preston agreed.

“We have a lot of trust in each other,” said Preston. “I have trust in Lindsay’s (race) calls … we’ve done a lot of racing and training together this year and that really showed in (Friday’s) semi.”

The Canadian lightweight men’s double also qualified for the final. Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que. and Cam Sylvester of Caledon, Ont., finished third in their semifinal to advance.

“We’ve been together long enough now that we know we have the experience, confidence and speed to make it happen,” said Sylvester.

The lightweight men’s four of Mike Lewis of Victoria, Terry McKall of Edmonton, John Sasi of Delta, B.C., and Tim Myers of Penticton, B.C., finished sixth in its semifinal and will row in the B final.

Canada qualified eight boats for the weekend finals.

Canadian Press

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