Three Tiger Heavyweights Claim Medals At U-23 World Championships
Three returning members of the 2013 Princeton varsity eight, which reached the grand finals at both the Eastern Sprints and the IRA national championships, claimed medals at the U-23 World Championships, which ended Sunday in Linz, Australia.
Rising juniors Timothy Masters and James Hamp both earned silver medals, while rising senior William Gillis took bronze. All three will be hoping to move Princeton to the medal stand for the 2014 racing season after impressive racing seasons in both the spring and summer.
The M4- final provided a Princeton rematch from the 2012 U-23 final, as both Masters (Australia) and Gillis (U.S.A.) met for gold once again. While Masters had the edge once again, Gillis and the U.S. four did move up to the medal stand this time.
Masters stroked Australia, the 2012 silver medalist, to an early lead in the final, but a hard charge by Romania would be enough for gold in 5:58.72. After setting the pace for the first 1500 meters, Australia was not challenged for the second spot and took silver in 6:01.18.
The United States, determined not to leave empty-handed once again, built a fairly comfortable advantage over Italy during the third split and captured bronze in 6:03.86.
The M8+ final would provide a third medal for the heavyweights, ashelped the U.S. to a silver medal in 5:31.79. All six boats started within one second of each other after 500 meters, and the U.S. went from sixth to fourth at the midway point. The Americans made another charge from there, moving past both Poland and Spain to grab the second spot.
While New Zealand would hold on for the gold, the United States kept Poland in check and grabbed the silver medal in 5:31.79.
The W4x final was as competitive a gold medal final as you could ask for, with all six boats being seperated by about 3.5 seconds. Princeton's Molly Hamrick, the stroke of the 2013 Ivy League champion varsity eight, was part of the U.S. quad that ultimately finished sixth in the race (6:39.86), despite being less than four seconds behind the leader at every split.