Reilly, Team USA Win Opening Heat at World Championships

Photo Credit: Dan Brauchli, USRowing
Photo Credit: Dan Brauchli, USRowing

KINGSTON, R.I.- Rhode Island senior Allie Reilly and Team USA's PR3 Mix4+ won their heat at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria Monday morning. 

By winning its heat, Team USA has guaranteed a spot in the A Final and a chance to medal. The final will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:15 a.m. EST.  Great Britain also earned an automatic spot by winning its heat. The other four spots in the final will be determined by a Repechage heat on Thursday. 

Team USA's crew of Reilly, Danielle Hansen, Charley Nordin, Michael Varro and cox Jennifer Sichel finished its race this morning with a decisive win, crossing the line 11 seconds before the second-place Canadian lineup.

Team USA posted the second-fastest time of the day (7:12.84), behind only Great Britain's time of 7:09.43. The last time these boats faced off against each other was at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Fla., when the British boat was victorious. This year, Reilly and her crew are hoping to challenge Great Britain for a gold medal.

Reilly, a North Kingstown native, spent the summer training with the Paralympic team that rows out of Community Rowing Inc. on Boston's Charles River. She was selected to represent the United States in the PR3 Mix4+ event in the beginning of August.  

World Rowing's livestream begins Tuesday, September 11 and can be accessed through the following link https://www.eurovisionsports.tv/fisa/. Results can be found at this link http://www.worldrowing.com/events/2018-world-rowing-championships/pr3-mixed-coxed-four/.