U.S. Sets Record on Final Day at 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The women’s four won the gold medal to highlight a record day for the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships at Lagoa Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
In addition to the four, the men’s eight won silver, while the women’s pair, women’s quadruple sculls and women’s eight won bronze medals, giving the U.S. a team record five medals at the junior world championships. Germany won the medal count with 11, while the U.S. and Italy finished second with five medals each.
After finishing second last year, the U.S. women’s four of Kaitlyn Kynast (Ridgefield, Conn.), Dana Moffat (Manlius, N.Y.), Marlee Blue (Seattle, Wash.) and Katy Gillingham (Seattle, Wash.) came back to win the gold medal in Rio. With Blue and Moffat back from last year’s silver-medal crew, the U.S. took the lead off the start and continued to build its advantage through the 1,500-meter mark. In the heat, the U.S. crew fell off in the final 500 meters, but in the final, the four was able to keep Germany at bay over the last quarter of the race, winning by 1.15 seconds.
“In the last heat, we kind of fell apart in the last 500, and I think crossing that 500 today, we knew we weren’t going to let that happen again,” Kynast said.
The U.S. finished with a time of 7:09.04, with Germany clocking a 7:10.19. New Zealand won a close race for bronze, finishing more than 11 seconds behind to other medalists.
“Right before we started, I was thinking to myself, ‘You’re going to die, but it’s worth it,’” said Moffat. “We executed our race plan perfectly. We didn’t expect to be so far ahead so early, and we just held it there. We were staying just a little ahead of Germany most of the way. We pulled ahead a bit, but they fought back. We ended up the same margin we started with. We were pretty consistent and that’s what we were focusing on most in this race.”
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