Stanford Rowing Alumni Help U.S. Boats Advance At World Rowing Championships
Aug. 30, 2007
MUNICH, Germany - Former Stanford rowers Sam Magee '05 and Jamie Schroeder '06 continued their strong showings for their respective U.S. boats as Magee and the women's eight advanced to the final and Schroeder and the men's quadruple sculls boat advanced to the semifinals on Wednesday at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany.
After finishing second in its heat, the women's eight of coxswain Mary Whipple (Sacramento, Calif.), Caryn Davies (Ithaca, N.Y.), Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.), Susan Francia (Abington, Pa.), Anna Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash.), Sam Magee (Simsbury, Conn.), Anna Goodale (Camden, Maine), Lindsay Shoop (Charlottesville, Va.) and Brett Sickler (Los Gatos, Calif.) came back to win its repechage, qualifying for a spot in Sunday's final. Racing in the second of two repechages, the crew raced bow-ball to bow-ball with Great Britain through the first 750 meters before slowly pulling away for the victory. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:22.20, 1.38 seconds ahead of Great Britain. Germany and Canada took the top two spots in the other repechage. The four crews join heat winners Romania and Australia in Sunday's final.
In the first repechage of the men's quadruple sculls, Mark Flickinger (Big Flats, N.Y.), Jamie Schroeder (Wilmette, Ill.), Deaglan McEachern (Portsmouth, N.H.) and J. Sloan DuRoss (South Portland, Maine) made a huge push over the last quarter of the race, overtaking Canada in the final few strokes to finish second and earn a spot in the semifinals. With only two qualification spots available, the U.S. boat sat in fourth position at the 1,000-meter mark and in third place, 1.56-seconds off of second, with just 500 meters to go. But in the final quarter of the race, the crew cut into Canada's lead with every stroke and finished 0.26 seconds in front. While the two North American crews were battling each other, Belarus was barely hanging on for the victory. Belarus won the race in a 6:08.68, finishing 0.43 seconds ahead of the United States' time of 6:09.11. Canada clocked a 6:09.37.
The eight-day regatta, which serves as the primary country qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Games, features 1,285 athletes racing in 474 crews from 68 nations. Complete entry lists, heat sheets and results can be accessed throughout the regatta at www.worldrowing.com