Cougar Rower Headed to Under 23 World Championships

July 18, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State rower Sarah Waterfield will represent her native country Canada at the 2006 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, July 20-23 in Hazelwinkel, Belgium.

Waterfield, stroke on the Washington State women's varsity eight that finished fourth at the 2006 NCAA Division I Championships as a junior, will be in the women's eight boat for Canada.

Her effort helped the Cougars to a fourth place team finish at the 2006 collegiate championships, the highest finish by a WSU women's team in school history.

A native of Kingston, Ontario, Waterfield, was named All-Pacific-10 First Team, All-Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association West Region and became the first Cougar to earn CRCA All-America First Team honors last spring.

The Under 23 event has been in existence for nearly 30 years. Held for the first time in 1976 in Macon, France, under the title 'Seniors Match' it eventually became the 'Nations Cup' in 1992. FISA's 2005 Extraordinary Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia, voted to upgrade the World Rowing Under 23 Regatta to the World Rowing Championships status.

Under 23 rowers raced under the FISA flag for the first time in 2004. With the annual participation of approximately 40 countries and 600 athletes, the world of rowing is looking forward to watching Under 23 rowers in the build up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

CANADA WOMEN'S EIGHTElizabeth McCord, Sarah Waterfield (Washington State), Evan Wilson, Meghan Thomas, Larissa Lagzdins, Cara Troelstra, Kerry Maher, Kristina Macdonald, Julia MacDonald.

(Some text courtesy of USRowing)

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