Three Golden Bears Compete at World Rowing Under 23 Championships

July 30, 2007

STRATHCLYDE, Scotland - Cal senior Megan Smith and junior Mara Allen helped the U.S. women's eight to a bronze medal at the World Rowing 23 Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland on Sunday. In the last quarter of the race, the U.S. squad pushed itself into second place with Belarus commanding the lead but Germany overpowered the Americans in the last strokes to take silver. Belarus finished first in 6:15.20 with Germany shortly behind at 6:15.43 and the U.S. finishing in 6:17.85 ahead of Canada and Poland.

'It was a good race, but a little bittersweet,' Smith said. 'I am excited and happy to medal, but after putting in all that hard work, you end up feeling like you deserve more. We just got beat by better crews. We made our moves where we planned, but today just wasn't our day.'

Smith raced in the three seat and Allen in the seven seat of the eight. Sunday's race was Allen's first race with the national team while Smith was the three seat in the U.S. women's eight which won gold at the 2006 U23 world championships.

Cal freshman Taryn O'Connell also competed in Scotland as stroke for the pair U.S. team. O'Connell and Jenny Cromwell clocked a 7:35.01 to finish sixth in Sunday's final. The Americans finished roughly 20 seconds behind first place Great Britain which finished in a 7:15.90. O'Connell was the stroke for the U.S. four at the Junior World Championships in 2006.

In other Golden Bear women's crew news, former Cal student-athlete Julie Nichols traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete in the Pan American Games for the U.S. women's quad and the team took home the silver.

Incoming freshmen Samantha Sartor and Bridget Moran will race together as the Canadian pair at the Junior World Championships in Beijing in late August.

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