Representing the United States, an Oak Ridge rower and his teammate advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Rowing Junior Championships this week in the Czech Republic.
Kristopher Fisher and his teammate Cooper Tuckerman of Bozeman, Montana, are racing in the Junior Men’s Double Sculls in Racice, which is outside of Prague.
They finished fourth among six teams in the second of five heats, Heat 2, on Wednesday.
The top four teams in each heat advanced to the quarterfinals, meaning 20 of the 30 teams advanced from the five heats.
The quarterfinals are Friday. Fisher and Tuckerman, the U.S. junior men’s double team, will compete in Lane 1 at 6:06 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (12:06 p.m. in the Czech Republic).
Fisher attended Oak Ridge High School last year, and he signed with Temple University in February.
In the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Fisher and Tuckerman finished the 2,000-meter race with a time of 6:42.720. They were behind the Czech Republic (6:31.720), Belgium (6:36.650), and Japan (6:40.060) in Heat 2, but ahead of Chile (6:44.920) and Israel (06:57.640). You can see the Heat 2 results with Fisher (bow) and Tuckerman (stroke) here.
You can see the results for all five heats here. Greece had the best time in those heats, 6:28.830, and Germany had the second-best, 6:28.950. Italy had the third-best time, 6:29.480. You can read about the five heats in the Junior Men’s Double Sculls (JM2x) event on Wednesday here.
The weather was reported to be hot Wednesday, the water warm, and the heats fast.
After finishing ninth nationally in the 1x at the 2018 USRowing Junior National Championships, Fisher trained this summer at the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to the Oak Ridge Rowing Association. He will row for the lightweight men’s program at Temple University this fall.
Tuckerman will attend Dartmouth and row for their lightweight men’s program.
Fisher and Tuckerman swept the Men’s U19 2x at the USRowing National Team Trials in July, winning the best-of-three format handily with victories in both the first and second event, the ORRA said.
Learn more about the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships, including how to follow them, here. You can follow on www.worldrowing.com.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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