July 24, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - Recent MSU graduate Laura Cowal (Thorold, Ontario) helped the Canadian women's eight capture a gold medal on Sunday morning at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Cowal, participating in her second world championship, helped Canada finish six seats ahead of New Zealand in the Sunday Grand Final. The winning time was 6:03.23, with New Zealand taking silver in 6:06.02. The United States, the reigning World Champions in the event, were a length back from the Canadians at the finish, in a time of 6:06.37.
Cowal's medal is another trophy in a three-month span which as been filled with honors and awards. She helped the MSU varsity eight to a fourth straight gold medal at the Big Ten Championships in mid-May, and was voted the Conference's Athlete of the Year in addition to earning First Team All-Big Ten honors. The varsity eight finished sixth at the NCAA Championships over Memorial Day weekend, and the Spartans were the top Big Ten finisher at the National Championship regatta, finishing seventh overall. Cowal was voted a first team All-American as well.
U-23 World Rowing Championships - Amsterdam
W8+ Grand Final
500 1000 1500 FINAL 1 CAN 1:29.88 (3) 2:59.36 (1) 4:31.12 (1) 6:03.23 2 NZL 1:29.73 (2) 2:59.48 (2) 4:33.74 (2) 6:06.02 3 USA 1:29.02 (1) 3:00.19 (3) 4:34.75 (3) 6:07.37 4 GER 1:30.28 (4) 3:03.79 (4) 4:38.49 (4) 6:12.97 5 GBR 1:30.28 (4) 3:04.82 (5) 4:42.80 (5) 6:19.62