The four New Zealand rowers competing at the World University Games had an outstanding first day of competition as all four moved through to the top 12 in the world in their respective events.
Toby Cunliffe-Steel and Rachael Kennedy qualified straight into their semi-finals, which they will race Monday morning, with Toby the second fastest qualifier in the men’s lightweight single scull with a time of 7:09.78.
Rachael earned her spot in the semi-finals with a time of 8:01.59, the sixth fastest time in the women’s lightweight singles.
Josh Earl, who is the 2015 national champion in the men’s under 22 single sculls, is also in to the semi-finals with the fourth fastest time in the men’s heavy weight singles. He won his heat on Sunday and moved straight through to the semi-finals.
Adelle Stead qualified for the semi-finals through the repecharge with a third place in the women's heavy weight singles.
Coach Craig Smith said Adelle had to race twice in very hot conditions and achieved a personal best time in her repecharge.
Monday's semi-finals require the rowers to finish in the top three to progress to the A final.
``Overall they have performed exceptionally well in world-class competition,’’ Craig says.