Updated 7 a.m. Aug. 12: The U.S. crew of Seth Weil ’11, Charlie Cole, Matt Miller and Henrik Rummel placed first in this morning’s B final, with a time of 5:59.20, almost 20 seconds faster than their time in the semifinal, when they just missed out on advancing to the A final (for medals). First place in the B final equals seventh place overall (first through sixth place decided in the A final).
Updated 10 a.m. Aug. 11: The top three teams in each semifinal advance to the A final (medal round), and Seth Weil and teammates just missed out today, finishing fourth with a time of 6:19.08 behind Italy (6:16.54) in third place. The B final is set for 5:40 a.m. PDT Friday (Aug. 12).
Updated 9 a.m. Aug. 10: Organizers called off all racing today due to high winds, the second such cancelation in this competition. The men's-4 semifinals are now scheduled for 5:30 and 5:40 a.m. PDT Thursday (Aug. 11).
With a top-three finish today (Aug. 8) in their preliminary heat, Aggie alumnus Seth Weil ’11 and his rowing teammates secured a spot in the Olympic men’s-4 semifinals on Wednesday (Aug. 10).
It’ll be an early start for those of us here who want to watch the race live from Rio de Janeiro: 5:30 a.m. our time.
Weil is competing in his first Olympics. He’s been rowing since his freshman year at UC Davis, 2005, when he joined the rowing club.
He’s one of two alumni competing in the Rio Games. The other is Kim Conley ’09, who’s made her second consecutive Olympics team in the 5,000-meter run. Round 1 is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. PDT Tuesday (Aug. 16); the final is at 5:40 p.m. Friday (Aug. 19).
The men’s-4 rowing heats at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas took place a day later than scheduled, after high wind there forced cancelation of all racing on Sunday.
Weil, Charlie Cole, Matt Miller and Henrik Rummel covered the 2,000-meter course in 5:58.31, finishing third behind defending world champion Italy (first place, 5:56.01) and Canada (5:58.26). All three automatically advanced to the semifinals, while Belarus, the other team in the four-boat heat, can advance with a top-three finish in the repechage (a second-chance race) Tuesday.
Twelve teams in all will be in the semifinals: Italy, Canada and the United States from Heat 2; Australia, Germany and the Netherlands from Heat 1; Great Britain, Greece and France from Heat 3; and the three boats from the repechage.
Two semifinals will be held, six boats per race, with the top three from each going to the A final, scheduled for 6:44 a.m. PDT Friday (Aug. 12), competing for the gold, silver and bronze medals. The other six teams go to the B final at 5:40 a.m. Friday.