Women's four to lead U-23 bid in Florida
Ireland's rowers are placing their best medal hope in the women's four when the World U-23 Championships get under way today in Florida.
Emily Hegarty and Tara Hanlon placed 12th in last year's U-23 pair but anchored the four to 11th place against senior competition at the World Cup regatta in Poland last month. Joining them in the four this week will be Claire Feerick and Eimear Lambe, and together they look set for a possible podium finish at the younger level.
Rowing Ireland CEO Michelle Carpenter confirmed that a good performance would help the crew's chances of selection for the Senior World Championships in Austria next month.
Ireland's four-boat squad includes a men's coxed four and Aoife Casey and Cliodhna Nolan in the lightweight women's double scull.
But it's the men's lightweight quad, with two of last year's silver medallists, which will eye success in an event in which Ireland has traditionally scored well. Ryan Ballantyne and Miles Taylor form the stern pair alongside Hugh Sutton, who raced the single last year, and Eoin Gaffney, who steps up from the junior four.