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Dolan and O'Donovan Shine at National Trials

15th April 2011
Dolan and O'Donovan Shine at National Trials

Sarah Dolan, an under-23 lightweight, and Paul O’Donovan, a junior athlete, topped the rankings at the National Rowing Trials at the National Rowing Centre in Cork and made the A Finals of the single scull. Dolan registered 96.3 per cent of projected world gold medal winning time, while O’Donovan hit a mark or 95.7 per cent.

National Trials, National Rowing Centre, Cork (percentages in brackets of estimated world gold-medal winning time for the athlete’s grade). Senior athletes lightweight unless stated.

Men, Semi-Finals (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final)

Pair – A/B Semi-Final One (all juniors): 1 J Cassells, C Black 6:52.5 (94.1), 2 J Egan, A Kelly (7:03.2), 3 E Beechinor, K Synnott 7:03.6 (91.6); 4 C O’Riada, K Doyle 7:05.7 (91.2), 5 D Buckley, J Mitchell 7:15.2 (89.2).

A/B Semi-Final Two: 1 C Egan, F Tolan 6:57.4 (93.0), 2 L Seaman, H Millar 7:04.0 (91.5), 3 D Hindle, A Bell 7:05.3 (91.3); 4 S Hewitt, P Boomer 7:08.3 (90.6).

Sculling, Single - Semi-Final A/B One: 1 M Maher  7:06.0 (senior; 93.3 per cent), 2 S O’Driscoll 7.08.2 (under-23; 95.1), 3 P O’Donovan 7:o9.7 (junior; 95.7); 4 A English 7:11.4 (92.1), 5 J Mitchell 7:19.3 (92.7), 6 D Quigley 7:26.2 (92.2)

Semi-Final A/B Two: 1 M O’Donovan 7:07.9 (senior; 92.9), 2 N Kenny 7:09.2 (under-23; 94.9), 3 P Hanily 7:09.3 (under-23; 7:09.3); 4 J Ryan 7:10.7, 5 A Sheehan 7:29.6 (under-23; 91.5), 6 N Prenderville 7:32.5 (under-23; 90.9) * Ryan Goes Through to A Final, due to effect of launch.

C/D Semi-Final (all juniors) First Three To C Final – Semi-Final One: 1 M Monteith 7:24.6 (92.5), 2 P Hegarty 7:27.2 (92.0), 3 M Ryan 7:32.4 (90.9); 4 B Wilson 7:36.8 (90.1), 5 B Looney 7:38.4, 6 D Aherne 7:38.5 (89.7).  C/D Semi-Final Two: 1 D Collins 7:29.1 (91.6), 2 A Griffin 7:31.7 (91.1), 3 C Kelly 7:32.3 (91.0); 4 P Leonard 7:35.1 (90.4), 5 J Casey 7:41.1 (89.2).

Women,

Single Scull – A/B Semi-Final One: 1 S McCrohan 7:43.9 (senior; 94.2), 2 C Lambe 7:50.9 (under-23; 7:50.9), 3 E Moran 7:55.4 (open senior; 88.8); 4 O Hayes 8:00.6 (senior; 91.0), 5 S Dineen 8:03.0 (junior; 93.4), 6 Sinead Dolan 8:15.9 (under-23; 90.4).

A/B Semi-Final Two: 1 Sarah Dolan 7:45.5 (under-23; 96.3), 2 L Dilleen 7:46.1 (u-23; 92.8), 3 D Walsh 7:49.5 (u23; 95.5); 4 H Nixon 7:54.5 (junior; 95.1), 5 C Deasy 8:12.2 (junior; 91.7), 6 R Shorten 8:16.2 (90.9).

C/D Semis (all juniors) – Semi-Final One: 1 K Cromie 8:09.5 (92.2), 2 L Litvack 8:16.3 (90.9), 3 K O’Brien 8:17.9 (90.6); 4 N O’Mahony 8:23.1 (89.7), 5 B Walsh 8:23.3 (89.6), 6 S Allen 8:26.9 (89.0). Semi-Final Two: 1 H Shinnick 8:10.7 (91.7), 2 B Jacques 8:12.7 (91.6), 3 L Connolly 8:17.0 (90.8); 4 G Hosford 8:17.1 (90.2), 5 L Hamel 8:22.7 (89.7).

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Liam Gorman

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Liam Gorman is a writer and reporter. He is the co-author of Little Lady, One Man, Big Ocean, published in the United States and Canada as Crossing the Swell. He is the rowing correspondent of the Irish Times.  

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