Aug. 30, 2009
POZNAN, Poland - Two Huskies earned medals on the final day of the 2009 FISA World Rowing Championships.
Recent alumna Katelin Snyder coxed the U.S. women's eight to gold Sunday, crossing the finish line in 6:05.34, over a second and a half faster than the second place crew from Romania. The American eight took the lead in the first 500m, with Great Britain just over a half-second behind. In the second 500m, the U.S. boat made a move, putting almost two seconds between themselves and the British. By the 1500m mark, the crews had all jockeyed for position, with Romania moving up from fifth to second, the Netherlands moving from fourth to third, Germany slipping from third to fourth and Great Britain falling back to fifth. Over the last 500m, the finish order was set, with the U.S. pulling out a convincing win. Romania finished in second, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and Canada.
Rob Gibson, who also graduated this past spring, raced in the Canadian eight, earning silver with his boat. The Canadian crew started out hot, ending the first 500m stretch less than half a second back of Germany. The Germans took control in the second 500m, adding another full second to their lead, but Canada maintained position, keeping the Netherlands at bay, almost four seconds behind. In the third 500, Germany widened its lead to about two full seconds, but Canada still had over two seconds' advantage over the third-place Dutch crew. Germany finished with just over three seconds between themselves and the Canadian crew, while the Dutch boat made up some ground, finishing in third, a little over a second back from Canada. Host Poland finished fourth, followed by Great Britain and Italy.
Rising sophomore Conlin McCabe finished fourth in the Canadian men's coxed pair, just missing a medal in his first trip to the World Championships. McCabe's boat was tightly clustered in the first 500m of his race, with about a second separating first through fourth places. By the halfway mark, the Czech Republic was in first and the Canadians had fallen over two seconds behind into fifth place. The Czech boat held on to first place through the third 500m, and the Canadians hung on to fifth, but were almost four seconds off the pace. In the final 500m, the U.S. boat made a move to overtake the Czechs, taking gold. The Czech Republic settled for silver and the German boat moved up from fourth to claim bronze. McCabe and the Canadians crossed fourth, followed by France and Italy.
For the complete results, check out the official site of World Rowing here.