Cafaro and Allen To Compete at World Championships

July 30, 2009

BERKELEY - Former California women's rowers Erin Cafaro and Mara Allen will compete in the women's eight at the 2009 World Rowing Championships from August 23-30 in Poznan, Poland. Cafaro rowed with the women's eight that won gold at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Cafaro, who graduated in 2006, is one of five returning rowers from that gold-medal boat. This is the fourth year that Cafaro has been selected to the U.S. senior team, while this will be the first appearance in the world championships by Allen, who graduated in 2008. Both had previously represented the U.S. at the Under-23 World Championships, and they were key members of Cal's 2005 and 2006 NCAA championship teams.

Former Cal coach Kate Bertko will also be making her first appearance in the world championships. Bertko, who coached during the 2006-07 season, will race in the women's quadruple sculls

Megan Smith, another former Cal rower, will compete for a spot in the U.S. women's four (no coxswain) at the USRowing trials next week.

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