Former WSU Rower to Compete in 2008 World Rowing Championships

July 16, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - Former Washington State University rower Sarah Waterfield will represent Canada at the 2008 World Rowing Championships in Linz/Ottensheim, Austria, July 22-27.

Due to the fact that 2008 is an Olympic year, the World Rowing Championships offers non-Olympic boat classes only and is combined with the World Rowing Junior Championships. The senior regatta sees nearly 300 athletes competing in eight events.

Waterfield, a native of Kingston, Ontario, will compete in the women's four event. She completed her Cougar career in the spring of 2007 as a member of the varsity eight boat which was ranked as high as eighth nationally in 2006-07. Waterfield was also part of the WSU varsity eight which finished fourth at the 2006 NCAA Championships.

A two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference rower and two-time member of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-West Region First Team, Waterfield was named first team All-America in 2006 and to the second team in 2007 by the CRCA.

Last summer Waterfield represented Canada at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland.

The Linz/Ottensheim regatta course was built back in 1972 on an arm of the Danube River. Recent renovations and dredging has widened the course to eight lanes, bringing it up to international regatta standards. Last year's Rowing World Cup was the first FISA-sanctioned event held on the course since 1998 and was the test event for this year's World Rowing Championships.

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