On a record-breaking day at the World Rowing Junior Championships on Saturday, Emmeline Laurence and the U.S. crew had a front-row seat to history.
Team USA finished fifth of six boats in its semifinal in women’s quadruple sculls in Racice, Czech Republic, meaning that it will race in the “B” final on Sunday. In a competition that saw 17 countries entered, the Americans will finish anywhere from seventh to 12th based on their performance in the final.
Germany won the semifinal heat in a time of 6 minutes, 23.85 seconds, setting a new World Junior record. Switzerland (6:25.08) and Great Britain (6:27.40) were the other teams from the heat to qualify for Sunday’s “A” final and compete for medals.
Laurence, an 18-year-old Greenland resident and recent Portsmouth High School graduate, and boatmates Bridget O’Callahan, Kathleen Dolan and Delaney Evans finished fifth in a time of 6:45.27, also behind fourth-place Italy (6:31.60) but ahead of Lithuania (7:04.89).
The Americans will be joined in Sunday’s “B” final by Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, Italy and Lithuania. The “A” final will feature Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Czech Rep., Netherlands and Canada.
Sunday is the final day of racing in the five-day competition. The “B” final in women’s quad sculls is currently scheduled to be held at 4 a.m. EST.
Laurence will return home to the Seacoast after Sunday’s competition. She is scheduled to arrive at Yale for her freshman year on Aug. 24.