McDermott Helps U.S. Four To Fifth Place Finish At U23 World Rowing Championships

Afeyan rows single scull for Armenia

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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Rising senior Catherine McDermott helped the United States' women's four to a fifth-place finish at the 2011 World Rowing Under-23 Championships on Saturday. McDermott sat in the bow seat for the U.S. boat, which crossed the line in 6:47.83.

Leading all the way through to seal the gold medal and set a new world best time, Germany finished in 6:34.61. Italy took silver in 6:37.65, which also surpassed the previous world's best time. The Netherlands won bronze in 6:41.07.

McDermott earned All-New England honors this spring for the Bulldogs and received the team's Anne Warner Award. She helped Yale's varsity eight to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championship. As a sophomore, she won a bronze medal at Sprints with the second varsity, and as a freshman was a spare at the NCAA Championships. She is a two-time CRCA Scholar Athlete selection and was the recipient of the team's Chris Ernst Award in 2009.

McDermott was one of two Bulldogs competing at the World Championships. Rising senior Armine Afeyan rowed single scull for Armenia.

At Yale, Afeyan sat in the No. 5 seat of the varsity eight that finished eighth at the NCAA Championship this spring. As a junior and sophomore, she rowed in the second varsity, helping the Bulldogs win the NCAA grand final in 2009.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity