Rowers Medal at U-23 World Championships
July 30, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - Mixed in with the red and white of Canada and the red, white, and blue of the US uniforms, there was a Green presence at last week's Under-23 Rowing World Championships in Belarus. Recent graduate Emily Regan was the six seat in the US boat which won gold by a margin of open water, and rising senior Laura Cowal also medaled as the stroke of the Canadian eight. The two were three-year teammates in MSU's varsity eight, and helped add another level of prestige for the three-time defending Big Ten champion boat by bringing home medals from international competition.
The Under -23 Championships were held in Brest, Belarus from July 22-25. The U.S. brought home a total of seven medals, breaking the previous record of four won in 2002 when the event was still known as the World Under 23 Regatta.
In Sunday's final, the U.S. sat in second place at the 500-meter mark as four crews were within 0.37 seconds of each other. But, the American crew made its decisive move during the second 500 meters of the race, building a 1.50-second advantage at the midway point. The U.S.maintained its hold on first place over the balance of the race, building its lead to the final 4.5-second margin of victory (6:31.97). Canada and New Zealand kept pushing each other, and although the Canadians put on a great sprint effort, they could not catch New Zealand, which crossed the line in 6:36.488. Canada took the bronze in 6:38.16.
Both athletes headed to their national team camps directly from Sacramento, the site of the 2010 NCAA Regatta where the Spartans finished ninth as a team. Regan went south to San Diego to begin her US Camp experience, while Cowal traveled back to Michigan with her teammates before heading to London, Ontario for her training camp.
The pair chronicled their experiences for MSUSpartans.com in bi-weekly diaries, discussing their training - and how much they were looking forward to meeting in Belarus. The odd part, they both agreed, would be lining up next to one another instead of in the same shell.
Regan, the 2010 Big Ten Athlete of the Year and All-American, graduated in May. Cowal returns to campus in September with an eye on returning the Spartan rowers to the NCAA National Championship regatta and capturing a fourth-consecutive Big Ten gold medal for the Varsity Eight.
World Rowing Under 23 Championships - Brest, BLR (22-25 July) Event: FA, BW8+ Date: 25 Jul 2010 Time of race: 14:00
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