Canada Women's Eight Finishes Fourth at World Rowing U23 Championships

July 29, 2007

STRATHCLYDE, Scotland - Washington State rowing alumna Sarah Waterfield was part of the Canada women's eight that finished fourth in the final at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Sunday.

Belarus won the event in 6:15.20, followed closely by Germany in 6:15.43. The United States was third in 6:17.85 and Canada fourth in 6:22.43.

Germany jumped to the lead in the first 500 meters and extended its advantage to about two seconds over Belarus and the United States at the halfway mark of the 2,000-meter course.

With 500 meters to go, the Germans still had about a second and a half advantage over the Americans with Belarus about two seconds back.

Belarus covered the final 500 meters in 1:31.59 to surpass the United States and Germany and claim the narrow victory.

Canada made up over a two-second deficit to Poland in the final 500 meters to claim fourth. The Polish boat finished in 6:23.41.

Waterfield, a native of Kingston, Ontario, completed her Cougar career last spring as a member of the varsity eight boat ranked as high as eighth nationally in 2006-07.

A two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference rower and two-time member of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-West Region First Team, Waterfield was part of the WSU varsity eight which finished fourth at the 2006 NCAA Championships.