The U.S. women's eight finished second in its "repechage" today at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Fla., qualifying for Sunday's final. The women's eight, coached by Buffalo native Tom Terhaar, is trying to win its 12th consecutive international event, which includes the last three Olympics and eight world championships.
"We have a young crew," said Buffalo's Emily Regan, one of three returning rowers from the boat that won gold in Rio. "We're trying to improve every race and practice so that we can put our best race together in the final. We're anticipating a really tight final between all of the crews and a big fight."
The American eight needed to compete in the repechage after finishing second in Tuesday's heats to New Zealand by one second. The top two finishers in the heats automatically advance to the six-boat final. The top four in the repechage move on. Canada won the repechage with a time of 6:11.32. The U.S. crossed in 6:11.83.
The Netherlands, Great Britain and Romania, which won the other Tuesday heat, will join Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. in the final. The Americans hold the world record of 5:54.16 in the event, set at the worlds in 2013. Regan also competed in that boat. The U.S. women's eight has not lost a major international race since 2005.