Cohen, Bryant, Dunford & van Opzeeland Medal At World Under-23s
RACICE, Czech Republic – Washington rowers earned a total of 10 medals – six of them gold – at the 2021 World Rowing Under-23 Championships, which wrapped up on Sunday.
Huskies won gold in the men's four, women's four and women's eight, while others picked up silver and bronze in the women's four, women's eight, men's quad and men's lightweight quad.
Nine of those 10 medals were won on Sunday. The Canadian men's four, which raced to a solid win over second-place Ireland, included three Washington oarsmen: Adam Krol, Peter Lancashire and Jack Walkey.
The United States women's eight was dominant in its win, with UW rowers McKenna Bryant (bow) and Teal Cohen (six seat) contributing to the gold-medal victory. Washington's Isabel van Opzeeland won the silver in the Dutch women's eight in that same A final.
In the women's four, Holly Dunford and her Great Britian crew won gold, with Cohen earning her second medal of the regatta in the U.S. four that finished in second.
In the men's quad A final, UW rower Gert-Jan van Doorn stroked his Netherlands shell to the bronze medal. Together with a bronze won by Husky Giulio Acernese (Italy) in the men's lightweight quad on Saturday, that adds up to six gold, two silver and two bronze medals for the 15 Washington athletes who competed in Racice.
Additionally on Sunday, Washington's Robert Pluijmert and the Netherlands men's eight finished in fifth place in their A final, while Austrian Mattijs Holler and his crew took second in the men's eight B final to finish eighth overall.
Next up on the international rowing scene is, of course, the Olympic Games. A total of 18 former Washington rowers will travel to Tokyo, representing seven different nations: the United States, Netherlands, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Great Britain. The Olympic regatta, held on Tokyo's Sea Forest Waterway, gets underway July 23 and finishes July 30.
UW Rowers at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships
July 7-11, Racice, Czech Republic
Men's Single Sculls – BM1x
Steve Rosts, Canada – 14th place
Men's Quad Sculls – BM4x
Gert-Jan van Doorn, Netherlands – Bronze medal
Pablo Matan, USA – 13th place
Men's Lightweight Quad Sculls – BLM4x
Giulio Acernese, Italy – Bronze medal
Women's Four – BW4-
Holly Dunford, Great Britain – Gold medal
Teal Cohen, USA – Silver medal
Men's Four – BM4-
Louis Gallia IV, USA – 17th place
Adam Krol, Peter Lancashire & Jack Walkey, Canada – Gold medal
Women's Coxed Four – BW4+
Holly Drapp, USA – 5th place
Women's Eight – BW8+
Teal Cohen & McKenna Bryant, USA – Gold medal
Isabel van Opzeeland, Netherlands – Silver medal
Men's Eight – BM8+
Robert Pluijmert, Netherlands – 5th place
Mattijs Holler, Austria – 8th place
Angharad Broughton, Great Britain
Sergio Espinoza, Canada
Matt Weaver, Canada
The following athletes were named to their Under-23 National Team rosters, but their nations opted not to participate in the Championships:
Cormac Kennedy-Leverett, Australia
Ethan Blight, New Zealand
Ella Cossill, New Zealand
Logan Ullrich, New Zealand