UW Duo Collects Bronze Medals with U.S. Women's Crew

July 29, 2007

STRATHCLYDE, Scotland - Coxswain Katelin Snyder directed the United States' women's eight to the medal platform for the second straight year as she collected a bronze medal Sunday at the 2007 World Rowing Under-23 Championships.

Snyder (Winder Park, Fla.) completed her sophomore year at Washington by leading the Husky men's varsity eight to the national championship. She was a member of the gold medal women's eight at the 2006 U-23 world championships in Belgium.

Another UW athlete, senior Andrea Sooter (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue Christian), competed in the bronze-medal USA crew. This marked just the second year that the women's eight-oared race was contested as a U-23 event.

The defending champion Americans rowed in third the first half of the race, before edging ahead of Belarus at the 1,500-meter mark. They both trailed Germany by a few seats. Belarus made a stroing push over the final 500 meters, overtaking the Germans at the finish line with a winning time of 6-minutes, 15.20-seconds. Germany's second-place time was 6:15.43, followed by USA in 6:17.85, Canada in 6:22.43 and Poland in 6:23.41.

The U.S. women won Friday's seeding race to earn the spot in the championship final.

Washington also had an athlete in the U.S. men's eight, sophomore Jessiah Johnson (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island). He rowed for the Huskies' national champion varsity eight.

Australia streaked out to an early lead and maintained that advantage past the midway point. Estonia moved ahead during the third 500 and led through the finish with a winning time of 5:33.90. Germany posted a time of 5:34.29, surging at the line ahead of Australia, which finished in 5:34.73. The USA placed fourth in 5:35.08, followed by Poland in 5:36.37 and Great Britain in 5:42.41.

The U.S. men's eight crew was coached by Michael Callahan, who was recently appointed the UW men's head coach after three years as the freshman coach. Johnson rowed for the Callahan-coached U.S. eight that placed fifth at the 2006 U-23 regatta.

The Canadian men's eight, featuring four Husky rowers, was unable to defend its 2006 championship. Canada failed to qualify for the championship final, but rebounded to win Sunday's 'B' final. The Canadians went wire-to-wire to handily defeat runner-up Spain.

Canada's eight included current Huskies Will Crothers (Kingston, Ontario), Max Lang (Lumby, B.C.) and Stephen Connolly (Calgary, Alberta) along with former UW rower Chris Aylard (Victoria, B.C.).

The Under 23 event has been in existence for 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.

2007 World Rowing Under 23 Championship Results

Women's Eight
1, Belarus 6:15.20
2. Germany 6:15.43
3. United States 6:17.85
4. Canada 6:22.43
5. Poland 6:23.41

USA Lineup: Katelin Snyder (Washington), Anne Kennedy, Jamie Redman, Elle Logan, Megan Smith, Andrea Sooter (Washington), Suzanne Van Fleet, Mara Allen, Kerry Birk

Men's Eight Championship Final
1. Estonia 5:33.90
2. Germany 5:34.29
3. Australia 5:34.73
4. United States 5:35.08
5. Poland 5:38.37
6. Germany 5:42.41

United States Lineup: Adam Barhamand, Silas Stafford, Nathan Rooks, William England, Mark Murphy, Alex Osborne, Charlie Cole, Jessiah Johnson (Washington), Tom Peszek

Men's Eight 'B' Final
1. Canada 5:42.56
2. Spain 5:44.34
3. Russia 5:46.11
4. Netherlands 5:47.80
5. Italy 5:47.92
6. Czechoslovakia 5:50.62

Canada Lineup: Mark Laidlaw, Will Crothers (Washington), Max Lang (Washington), Matt Evans, Jan Tize, Doug Csima, Chris Aylard (former UW), Geoffrey Roth, Stephen Connolly (Washington).

For additional information on the FISA U-23 Championships, please visit WorldRowing.com

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