East Lansing, Mich. - - Emily Regan and the women's four earned a silver medal in the straight four at the World Championships in Amsterdam on Friday. The crews battled adverse conditions, but fought through to finish second to New Zealand despite being as far back as fourth at 500 meters.
This is Regan's first silver in international competition, and as she wraps up her fourth year in residence with US Rowing in Princeton, NJ, her goal remains to continue to improve and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Regan now owns a gold medal (2011) and a silver in fours, and a pair of gold medals in eights: from the World Championship in the women's eight in 2013, and a from the Under-23 World Championships in Belarus in 2010.
Regan, who struggled with injuries and some illness in the months leading up to qualifying, fought hard to retain her spot on the World Championships roster. When the team was named, Regan admitted a bit of relief. ""Every year is a battle to make the team," she said. "All of the athletes at the training center are incredibly talented, and its an incredibly huge honor to make it onto the team. It never gets old - it's a thrill to represent your country"
On Friday, New Zealand won gold in 6:14.36. The U.S. finished in 6:20.69, while China was third in 6:23.31 to win the bronze medal. Regan, along with fellow former collegiate rowers Adrienne Martelli (Washington), Tessa Gobbo (Brown), and Susan Francia (Penn) struggled with the conditions and were in fourth after the opening 500. They fought back into second, but could not catch New Zealand and finished second.
"We have really high standards on our team," Regan told USRowing.org. "You always want to win. Next year, we can hopefully prove we are better. Susan called that [New Zealand] was out in front, but mostly we were trying to keep moving on China and hopefully, that was helping us move into them. But [New Zealand] did a great job and held us. It's always great to medal, and they had an amazing race. We didn't exactly come out on the side we wanted to, but you can't be upset with a medal."