Stanford Oarswomen In Hunt For Gold At World Rowing Championships
Aug. 25, 2009
POZNAN, Poland - After the opening races of the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, both Stanford oarswomen competing are still in the hunt for a gold medal. Elle Logan, a member of the U.S. women's four boat, helped lead the U.S. to a second-place finish in Tuesday's 'Race For The Lanes' exhibition event leading into Saturday's championship final, and Michelle Vezie, a part of Great Britain's women's eight, will race in the repechage for a spot in Sunday's championship final.
Vezie and the Great Britain women's eight got underway in Monday's opening heat, taking second with a time of 6:54.10, just over five seconds back of Romania, which earned the heat victory and the race's only automatic berth into the championship final.
'It was good to go out there and test our speed against the other countries in our heat,' Vezie said. 'We had a solid race that we know we can build on for the repechage tomorrow.'
Originally selected as an alternate for the women's eight crew, Vezie was elevated to the main roster after one of the British rowers was removed for medical reasons. After the second-place effort, Vezie and the crew will row in Wednesday's repechage, seeking a top-four finish for a spot in Sunday's 'A' Final.
'I'm so glad Michelle has gotten this opportunity,' said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. 'She's a true contributor who made a difference in Great Britain's victorious Under-23 eight. Now, she's earned this chance to race among the best in the world.'
On the U.S. side, Logan and the women's four took second in its exhibition Tuesday, crossing the line in 7:17.27, just over three seconds behind the winning boat from the Netherlands. The U.S. held second from start to finish, and will head into the 'A' Final on Saturday looking for world championship gold against the same five opponents.
Also as part of the women's eight competition, Stanford rowers Grace Luczak and Jessi Reel '08, both alternates on the U.S. team, have contributed to the boat's success as practice rowers with the crew. The help Luczak and Reel have provided came to fruition when the U.S. women's eight turned in the fastest time of all boats in the women's eight heats with a final mark of 6:46.14.