The Rowing World Cup III which took place from the 7th to the 9th of July in Lucerne, Switzerland saw 13 of our Sydney University students compete. This is their last opportunity to compete before the 2023 World Rowing Championship in September.
Sydney University rower Jack O’Brien won the gold medal in the Australian Men’s Eight, breaking a 36-year drought dating back to 1986. An incredible effort with a time of 5:23.92 beating heavy favourites Great Britain who were only 0.61 seconds behind.
Competing in a world-class field, Sydney University’s Tara Rigney finished second in the women’s single scull. Jack Hargreaves OAM and Alex Purnell OAM also received silver medals in the Men’s 4. Both Hargreaves and Purnell mentioned post-race: “We are trying to be more consistent leading into the World Rowing Championship in September, which could help us win the race. This will be our main focus now.”
Sydney University’s Georgie Gleeson achieved a bronze medal in the Women’s 8+, after leading the first 1500m of the race.
With only 0.06 seconds from a podium position, Georgia Miansacrow finished 4th in the Women’s Light Weight Singles. A close encounter was the Men’s 4 with Sydney University’s Campbell Watts and David Bartholot finishing in 4th position with only 0.11 seconds between 3rd and 4th. Kate Rowan and Rowena Meredith finished eighth in the Women’s 4 Final. Lucy Coleman finished tenth overall in the Women’s Lightweight B-final.