Cal Rowers Advance at World Championships

Aug. 22, 2006

All three former Golden Bears racing at the World Rowing Championships in Eton, Great Britain, advanced in their repechage events Tuesday and are still in medal contention.

As a member of the U.S. four, Erin Cafaro helped the Americans to a come-from-behind victory. The U.S. boat was in fourth place after 500 meters and steadily moved up throughout the course. Trailing Belarus by nearly a second with 500 meters left, the U.S. team surged ahead to finish in 6:41.36 and advance to the final. Belarus was second in 6:42.24.

Megan Cooke, who is also a member of the U.S. eight, won her repechage in the pairs in 7:04.95 to advance to the final. The Americans led from the start and were up by a full two seconds over the Netherlands at the midway point before crossing the line with a nearly one second advantage.

Finally, Iva Obradovic, racing in singles for her native Serbia, claimed her repechage in 7:42.52. She was first off the line and held an advantage throughout the 2000-meter event, beating a rower from Cuba by nearly 2 1/2 seconds.

In addition, former Cal rowers Julie Nichols (U.S. doubles) and Kaylan Vander Schilden (Canadian eight) are both in the competition, but did not race Tuesday.

Visit the World Rowing Championships website for complete results and schedules.

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