Stanford Rower Erika Roddy Helps U.S. Junior Women's Eight To First-Ever Gold Medal
July 27, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford rower Erika Roddy, who just completed a successful freshman season on The Farm, added some international luster to her resumé this weekend as she was part of the history-making U.S. Junior Women's Eight boat that roared back to overcome defending champion Romania in the final of the 2008 FISA World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships in Linz, Austria. The win marked the first time that a U.S. junior women's eight crew had ever captured the gold at the event.
The U.S. crew was third out of the blocks in the final, trailing behind Germany and Romania at the 500-meter mark. By the halfway point, the U.S. had worked its way past the German boat, and began to close in on the Romanians. The American crew continued to gain ground heading into the final 500 meters, and at the 1,750-meter mark made its move ahead of Romania and continued on to cross the line in a time of 6:31.63, 2.05 seconds ahead of the Romanian crew, and just over six seconds faster than third-place Germany.
Roddy's gold medal continues a successful summer showing on the international stage for current and former Stanford rowers. A week ago, Alex Osborne `09, Silas Stafford `08, and Jessi Reel `08 all captured gold at the FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships, with Osborne and Stafford being part of the U.S. Men's Eight, and Reel rowing with the U.S. Women's Eight. Steph Morrison `08, rowing with Canada's Women's Eight, also turned in a fine effort, helping the Canadian crew to a fourth-place finish.