Both Tasmanians competing at the rowing world championships have progressed to their A-finals.
Huon’s Sarah Hawe, 30, combined with Lucy Stephan, Katrina Werry, and Molly Goodman in a women’s four which surged past host nation USA in Sarasota, Florida, and crossed the line in a time of 6 mins 33 secs to confirm a place in Saturday’s A-final.
The Australian crew will enter the race as firm favourites having won the last two world cup regattas.
Georgia Nesbitt, 25, also of Huon, teamed up with Amy James, Alice Arch and Georgia Miansarow in a tight heat of the lightweight women’s quadruple scull.
China led early before the Australians took the lead at the midway point only to be overtaken by Italy in the final 500m.
Australia fended off a late challenge from China to finish in second and secure a place in the A-final.
Italy and Australia recorded the fastest qualifying times, ahead of Canada and Great Britain who qualified from the other heat.