Stanford's Elle Logan Wins Silver At World Rowing Championships
Aug. 30, 2009
POZNAN, Poland - Stanford oarswoman Elle Logan added some more hardware to her 2008-09 collection over the weekend, collecting a silver medal as part of the U.S. women's four boat at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. Fellow Cardinal rower Michelle Vezie also saw action in a championship final, taking fifth as part of Great Britain's women's eight.
Logan and the women's four bounced back from a slow start to overcome a pair of boats and take the silver. After the first 500 meters, the U.S. was in fourth, just over two and a half seconds off the pace, but over the next 1,000 meters would overtake Belarus and Canada to get into second position. From there, the U.S. held off Canada over the final 500 to claim the silver medal. The U.S. would cross the line in 6:36.01, which was 4.67 seconds back of the Netherlands, which led the race from start to finish.
'It was a very aggressive race,' said Logan. 'We were racing in a strong tailwind today, which was the opposite of the conditions in the race for lanes. I think we executed the race plan really well.'
The silver won by the women's four was the first of four medals that the U.S. women would win over the weekend, which ended up as the greatest performance ever at the World Rowing Championships by the U.S. women. For the weekend, the U.S. women captured two golds (W2- and W8+) and two silvers (W4- and W4x).
In the women's eight final, Vezie and the British boat started strong, holding second over the first half of the race, just under two seconds back of the U.S. Yet after battling the defending Olympic gold medalists for 1,000 meters, the British crew would slip to fifth by the 1,500-meter mark and would end the race there, 7.32 seconds back of the U.S.
'We had a good first half and showed the world what our potential is,' Vezie said. 'Today that potential wasn't realized, but this is the first year of the Olympiad, and everyone is excited for the next three years.'
'Elle and Michelle gained invaluable experience this weekend,' said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. 'Conditions on Malta Lake were fast and unpredictable--similar in many ways to the 2012 Olympic course near London. Against the top teams in the world, it's the best preparation they can possibly get for furthering their international careers, and it will only make them more battle tested for their return to the NCAA field.'