Cal Rowers Help U.S. to Three Medals at World Cup

July 12, 2006

BERKELEY - Former Golden Bears helped three U.S. crews to the victory stand on the final day of the FISA World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland July 9, capturing gold, silver and bronze medals.

Megan Cooke, who completed her Cal career in 2001, teamed with Anna Mickelson to win the pairs competition. The U.S. squad covered the 2000-meter course in 7:12.78, just ahead of Germany, which finished in 7:14.40. Cooke and Mickelson, who had to win a repechage to qualify for the final, trailed by almost two seconds with 500 meters left before making a late charge.

The U.S. women's eight included recent Cal graduate Erin Cafaro, who helped the Bears to their second NCAA team championship this past May. The U.S. team won its opening heat, but came up short in a tight race against Romania in the final to take the silver medal. Romania finished in 6:12.32, just ahead of the United States, which was timed in 6:13.27

Finally, Julia Nichols, a Cal rower from 1996-2000, won a bronze medal in the lightweight pairs, teaming with Renee Hykel. The U.S. duo finished in 7:16.63, behind Canada (7:11.62) and Finland (7:13.60).

For complete recap of U.S. results from the World Cup races, visit U.S. Rowing's website.

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