Ireland have three female crews booked into the A finals at the European Rowing Championships with Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen securing a place in the Lightweight Women's Double semi-final tomorrow.
The Women’s Pair of Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley finished second in their heat. The Irish crew beat the boats from Czech Republic and Denmark. The Romanian boat took first place in the heat. The Romanian and Irish Crews advance directly to the A Final on Sunday morning. Monika and Aileen finished with a time of 07:22.04
Lydia Heaphy won her heat in the Lightweight Women’s Single Scull Heat after an excellent performance against strong crews. Lydia beat out crews from Romania, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Italy to win the Heat. Lydia held the lead from the start and finished with a time of 07:50.15. Lydia will now race in the A Final on Sunday.
The Women’s Four of Emily Hegarty, Eimear Lambe, Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh won their Heat with the quickest qualifying time in the Women’s Four category. The Irish crew beat crews from Russia, Ukraine, Italy, France and Germany. Emily, Eimear, Aifric and Fiona finished with a time of 06:36.98 and they have progressed straight to the A Final on Sunday.
The Lightweight Women’s Double of Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen finished second in their heat. They finished second behind the crew from the Netherlands and were comfortably ahead of the chasing pack. Aoife and Margaret finished with a time of 07:56:00 and progressed to the A/B Semi Final on Saturday.
Saturday Racing Times (IST)
09:37/09:44 - LW2x – Aoife Casey & Margaret Cremen – A/B Semi-Final
Sunday Racing Times (IST) – confirmed so far
09:51 – LW1 Lydia Heaphy – A FINAL
11:21 - W2- Monika Dukarska & Aileen Crowley – A FINAL
12:21 - W4- Emily Hegarty, Eimear Lambe, Aifric Keogh & Fiona Murtagh – A FINAL
RTE will be covering Saturday and Sunday of the racing and will have a highlight show on the Sunday evening.
- Saturday – RTÉ Player
- Sunday – RTÉ Player
- Sunday – Highlight show and interviews RTÉ 2 at 7p