Stanford's Birk And Logan Help U.S. Women's Eight To U23 World Championship Win

July 27, 2007

Strathclyde, Scotland - Despite strong crosswinds, the U.S. women's eight won the 'Race for Lanes' in the second day of competition at the 2007 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland. The victory earns the United States the coveted center lane in Sunday's final.

Senior Kerry Birk and sophomore Elle Logan rowed in the two-seat and five-seat of the winning boat. Senior Stephanie Morrison raced in the Canadian eight that finished fourth.

The U.S. rowed even with Belarus through the first 500 meters before taking the lead. Canada then moved into second position through the middle thousand meters. At the 1500 meter mark, the U.S. had a comfortable two boatlength lead, but Germany's attack in the third 500 resulted in Canada, Germany and Belarus crossing the 1500 meter mark nearly level. Germany then outsprinted both Belarus and Canada to finish second. The United States clocked a 6:32.04 to beat Germany by more than five seconds. Belarus was third, Canada finished fourth, and Poland was fifth.

'Conditions were rough, but I thought we handled it well,' Birk said. 'After the first 500 meters, we pushed through the pack. We moved ahead and stayed ahead; it was a fun race.'

All five boats will compete again in the final on Sunday.

Women's Eight Exhibition Race Results
United States 6:32.04
Germany 6:37.38
Belarus 6:38.15
Canada 6:39.90
Poland 6:44.49

For daily results and the schedule, visit

U.S. Team information can be found at

Canadian Team information can be found at

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