Two Bears Medal At Junior World Championship
VARESE, Italy – The Cal women's rowing team had a fantastic outing last weekend at the U-19 and U-23 World Championships in Varese, Italy. Two Golden Bears earned medals after all five Cal athletes competing advanced to the Grand Finals of their respective events.
"It was great getting to see so many current and future Bears racing at the U19 and U23 World Championships," said assistant coach Adrienne Martelli. "We had two athletes medal; rising junior Angela Szabo stroked the U23 USA coxed-four to a bronze medal, and then incoming freshman, Lily Pember, won gold and set a world record in the U19 USA eight. Giulia Bosio, Minou Boumann, and Lotta van Westreenen also had extremely gutsy A-final races in their respective events. We are really proud of how much work everyone did this year to compete at the highest levels of the sport and can't wait to start the fall. There was also something really special about this year in that there was a group of current athletes who came to Italy to support their teammates. Along with the parents, having the Bear family come together so far away from Berkeley was a joy to see."
Incoming freshman Lily Pember, a native of Chicago, won gold for the United States in the women's eight at the U-19 Championships, rowing in the two-seat to help her boat post a time of 6:12.16. The United States led wire-to-wire in the finals, holding off boats from Romania, Czech Republic, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Germany.
Sophomore Angela Szabo helped the United States capture bronze in the coxed four at the U-23 Championships for Cal's second medal of the weekend. The Sarasota, Florida, native sat in her boat's stroke seat and finished third with a time of 6:48.35, holding off Germany to take home the medal.
Incoming freshmen Minou Bouman (Netherlands), Lotta van Westreenen (Netherlands) and Giulia Bosio (Italy) all had strong showings for their respective countries. Bouman's and van Westreenen's boats each advanced to the Grand Finals, with the former finishing sixth in the quadruple sculls and the latter taking fourth in the double sculls. Bosio, meanwhile, helped her boat reach the Grand Finals of the quadruple sculls in the U-23 Championships.