Tiger Rowing Wins Five Medals, Including Three Golds, At U-23 World Champs
With wins in both the men's and women's 8s and a pair of medals in the men's 4s, Princeton had another successful week at the U-23 World Championships, which just completed in Trakai, Lithuani.
Eight Princeton rowers, representing all four programs at the Shea Rowing Center, competed during the prestigious international competition. The Princeton heavyweights led the way with four competitors, and they combined to earn three medals.
Graduated senior Ian Silveira '12, who captained the varsity during the spring, led the U.S. 8+ to a dramatic golden finish in the final race of the competition. Silveira stroked the U.S. to a winning time of 5:47.66 in the final, which was less than one second faster than the second-place time posted by Germany (5:48.22). The Germans held a slight lead through the first half of the race, but the U.S. took the lead during the third split and held on for gold.
Princeton also had three rowers in three different boats in the grand final of the men's fours. Rising sophomore Timothy Masters took top honors for Princeton by leading his Australian boat to a silver-medal time of 6:28.67. Rising senior Michael Evans grabbed bronze in 6:29.62, while rising junior William Gillis just missed the medal stand; the U.S. 4- finished fourth in 6:30.44 after getting caught by the British boat in the final 500.
"I'm so excited to see so many Tigers win medals at the U23s," said heavyweight head coach Greg Hughes. "What an awesome weekend it was for the Princeton boathouse."
The U.S. women's 8+ had a pair of Princetonians in its boat, and they helped drive the Americans to gold in their final. Rising seniors Gabbie Cole and Heidi Robbins, both of whom were part of the Princeton crew that placed fourth at the NCAA finals, helped the U.S. to a gold medal-winning time of 6:25.92. The U.S. led by the 500-meter mark and never looked back; it built a lead of about five seconds at the 1500 mark and cruised to a comfortable win over Germany.
"I am thrilled for Gabbie and Heidi to win gold at U23s," said open head coach Lori Dauphiny. "This is a great experience for them."
A pair of lightweights also competed for Princeton. Rising senior Tyler Nase and his U.S. LM4- missed out on the grand final, but it bounced back in style Sunday. With a time of 6:19.60, the U.S. won the B final by more than three seconds over New Zealand.
Rising senior Alex Morss earned her spot to represent the Princeton women's lightweights by winning at the trials. She ended up finishing third in the C final in a time of 9:21.97.