July 14, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - Former Michigan State rower Emily Regan won her third gold medal in international competition on Sunday, helping the US women's eight to an open-water victory at the US World Cup Races in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Regan, who was the 2010 Big Ten Rower of the Year, earned a gold medal at the Under-23 Rowing World Championships in Belarus in 2010, just months after her graduation from Michigan State. In 2011, she won a gold medal in the four at the World Rowing Championship. On Saturday, she added to her trophy case as the US women made history, posting a new World Best Time (5:54.16).
The U.S. women's eight set the stage in Saturday's race for lanes, winning by 7.2 seconds over the field. Then in Sunday'as final, coxswainKatelin Snyder (Detroit, Mich.), Heidi Robbins (Hanover, N.H.), Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.), Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.), Grace Luczak (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Lauren Schmetterling (Moorestown, N.J.), Regan, Kerry Simmonds (San Diego, Calif.) and Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took the lead off the start, and continued to take seats through the 500-mark before gaining open water on Canada and Romania at the halfway point.
The United States had a clear lead coming into the finish area, and won the race by 6.2 seconds, beating the previous world best time of 5:54.17, set by the U.S. in Lucerne last year, by one-hundredth of a second. Romania took silver in 6:00.42, with Canada bronze in 6:01.61.
Regan, who is in residency with US Rowing training at the program's facility in Princeton, NJ, is focused on qualifying for the Summer Olympic Games in 2016, in Rio.