Six Medals, World Record Highlight Brilliant Tiger Week At World Cup
One year after Princeton won four medals at the London Olympics, six Tigers came away from Lucerne, Switzerland, with medals from the 2013 Rowing World Cup #3. A pair of NCAA champion women also left with a world's best time.
Caroline Lind '06, the stroke for the 2006 NCAA champion Princeton varsity eight, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. women's 8+. Heidi Robbins '13 was part of the 2011 NCAA champion varsity eight, and she just led the Tigers to a silver medal at the 2013 NCAAs. Together, they led the U.S. women's eight to a gold medal and topped the world's best time by 0.01 despite the fact that the boat had only one returning Olympian (Lind).
The U.S. was ahead at every split, and in fairly comfortable position by the midway point of the race. The final drama was the winning time, and the Americans earned the record in 5:54.16.
The U.S. men's eight had another Tiger alumni with Olympic experience, though it wasn't with the eight. Former rower and assistant coach Glenn Ochal '08 won a bronze medal with the U.S. fours in London, but he moved to the eight for the World Cup. He was joined in the boat by Ian Silveira '12, who stroked the U.S. eights to a gold medal at the U-23 Championships last summer.
That duo helped the U.S. hand Germany its first loss since 2009; despite trailing early, the American eight battled back over the middle 1000 and held off Germany by less than half a second to win a thrilling gold in 5:22.26.
Both Kate Bertko '06 and Tyler Nase '13 won silver medals for the U.S. Bertko, another member of the 2006 NCAA champions, teamed with Kristin Hedstrom to place second in the LW2x. While Italy took gold, the U.S. pair topped New Zealand by nearly two seconds in 6:55.36.
Nase, the captain of the 2013 Tiger lightweights, teamed with Michael Wales to earn silver in the LM2-. Nase saved his best for last, as the American pair were fourth after each of the first three splits, but rallied to pass both Spain and Switzerland to win a silver medal in 6:36.17.
Robin Prendes '11, a two-time national chamion with the Tiger lightweights, rowed with the U.S. lightweight fours and won the B final in 6:01.20. Michael Evans '13, captain of the 2013 heavyweights, was part of the Canadian team as a spare.