A twice-golden performance by Erin Reelick and four medals for the Tiger heavyweights capped an impressive week for 10 Princeton rowers at the recently competed U-23 World Championships in Varese, Italy.
Reelick, a rising junior who has been part of two Ivy League champion open varsity eights, will return home with two gold medals. She helped the U.S. 4- to a victory during Saturday’s finals session, and she followed with a victory in the 8+ on Sunday.
Reelick stroked the four, which topped New Zealand by 2.7 seconds to win her first gold medal. She was in the six seat in the 8+, the same position she held when Princeton won its second straight Ivy title in May, and she helped the United States top Great Britain by nearly four full seconds.
Princeton’s third gold medal came in a thriller, as the Canadian coxed four defeated New Zealand by about .6 of a second to win its title Saturday. Martin Barakso, one of five Tiger heavyweights who competed at the U-23s after guiding Princeton to a fourth-place finish at the IRA Championships last month, was in the 3-seat for Canada.
Three Tiger heavies met in the men’s 8+ final; while none came away with gold, all earned a spot on the medal stand. The Australian 8+, which missed gold by less than two seconds (New Zealand), included Timothy Masters in the 2-seat. The U.S. squad topped Germany for the bronze medal by nearly four seconds, and it had both James Hamp (2) and Patrick Konttinen (7) in the boat.
Thomas George, the lone freshman in the Tiger varsity boat last season, also made the 8+ grand final; he was in the 4 seat for Great Britain, which finished sixth in the final.
Three more members of the Ivy champion open women competed at the U-23s. Georgie Howe, the lone freshman in the Ivy champion varsity eight, missed a bronze medal by less than one second; in the sixth seat of the Australian 8+, her boat fell to Germany by .9 of a second in the same race Reelick won her second gold medal. Margaret Bertasi was in the bow of the 2x, which won its B final by more than five seconds over Denmark. Meghan Wheeler sat in the bow of the U.S. 4x, which placed third in its B final.
The lone member of the lightweight eight to compete at the U-23s was Cameron Howie, who rowed in seat 3 of the Canadian LM4-. Canada finished fourth, about three seconds behind France, in the B final.
The next major international rowing competition will b the World Junior Championships, held August 6-10 in Hamburg, Germany. Check back with GoPrincetonTigers.com before the event, as several incoming Princeton rowers will be competing in Hamburg.