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EUC Rowing 2022 in Istanbul

  • Datum: 06. - 09.09.2022
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    The university rowing team from Karlsruhe entered the EUC in Istanbul on the Golden Horn with the largest team to date. Nine women competed in the eight and the coxless four, while 12 men took part in an eight and a double four. The EUC was originally planned as a classic regatta, over the Olympic distance of 2000m, with heats, hopefuls and finals spread over three days. One week before the first race, however, the course was shortened to 1000m. The weather put a further spanner in the works for the organizers. Due to strong winds, the heats on Wednesday could not take place and were replaced by time trials on Thursday. In this mode, the boats with the fastest 6 times qualify directly for the finals. All four Karlsruhe boats were able to secure their ticket to the finals on Friday in this mode. The men's eight even managed to set the fastest time of the regatta. On the final day, the quadruple scull took to the water first. The boat with coxswain Adrian Mengedoht, Moritz Kopp, Lukas Kucharek and Martin Kansy was unable to keep up with the fast pace of the international competition and finished in 5th place. For the women's eight with coxswain Sofa de Witt Curtius, coxswain Victoria Karl, Luise Münch, Nina Öhlkers, Barbara Thiele, Esther Linner, Lisa Merz, Friederike Münch and Aileen Vögeli, the aim was to confirm their 2nd place from the time trial. Although the "FrAchter" had to let the strong women from Charles University in Prague go, they were able to maintain their 2nd place and win the internal German duel against Hanover. Victoria Karl, Luise Münch, Esther Linner and Barbara Thiele then raced again in the four without. After the exhausting race in the eight, the four were unable to keep up with the first three boats from the Netherlands and Great Britain and, despite a strong final spurt, only just managed to win the wooden medal. The men's eight traditionally marks the end of a regatta, and this was no exception. The crew of coxswain Sofia de Witt Curtius, Marvin Rüdt, Karl Draper, Jonas Fitz, Raphael Mühlpfort, Rupert Pretzler, Lars von Deyn, Philip Thein and Adrian Seiler fought a thrilling duel with the eight from Lyon right up to the finish line. In the end, it was a silver medal for the team from Karlsruhe, who were also able to relegate their German rivals from Aachen to fourth place. Special mention should also be made of Arian Elter, who traveled to Istanbul in the role of coach, and Lenz Kiefer, our substitute. Last but not least, our volunteer Aylin from Istanbul, who guided us safely through the turmoil of Istanbul. Rarely has the EUC taken place on such a special course as this time. The races with a view of the Hagia Sophia in the middle of the city were something very special for all participants. Unfortunately, the local conditions made it extremely difficult for the organizers to hold the regatta. Not only were the wind and waves a problem, but the conditions on site did not actually offer enough space for a regatta with a good 500 participants. The accommodation in the student residences on the campus of Yeditepe University 25 km away from the course on the other side of the Bosporus proved to be a logistical challenge. As a result, the teams spent almost four hours a day on the bus in Istanbul's heavy traffic. Nevertheless, we are delighted that the organizers went to such great lengths to put the event together. It was great to be introduced to Istanbul, the history of the Golden Horn and Turkish culture and to meet students from 16 different countries. After this successful regatta, the team will take a short and late summer break. Training will then resume in the winter semester. We are hoping for plenty of new blood, as we have qualified a record number of boats for next year's EUC in Poland.