U.S. Boat Finishes A Little Over A Second Behind Great Britain
RACICE, Czech Republic - Taylor Ritzel, a rising senior who will captain the 2009-10 Yale women's crew, won a silver medal as part of the United States women's eight at the 2009 World Rowing Under-23 Championships on Sunday. The U.S. finished in 6:21.80, a little over a second behind Great Britain. Ritzel sat in the No. 7 seat.
The British boat took the lead in the first 500 meters and built a 2.68-second advantage on the American crew, which sat in third, at the midway point of the race. The U.S. boat tried to get back on terms with Great Britain over the final 1,000 meters but was unable to track them down. Great Britain crossed the line in 6:20.71, while Poland took the bronze medal in 6:23.16.
Ritzel, competing in her first international competition for USRowing, stroked the Bulldogs to an Ivy League and Eastern Sprints title, a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a victory at the Henley Women's Regatta this spring. In both her freshman and sophomore years, she was in Yale's varsity eight that won NCAA titles. She is a two-time All-America selection.
Two other Ivy Leaguers joined Ritzel in the U.S. eight - Princeton's Ariel Frost, the coxswain, and Harvard's Olivia Coffey. Stanford's Erika Roddy and Grace Luczak, Clemson's Jessica Leidecker, Michigan's Ashley Kroll, California's Mary Jeghers and Washington's Adrienne Martelli filled out the rest of the boat. The team was coached by Dartmouth men's lightweight coach Steve Perry.