Aug. 29, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Rachel Jeffers, the captain of the 2006-07 Yale women's crew team, stroked the U.S. women's four to a bronze medal on Saturday at the 2006 FISA World Rowing Championships on Dorney Lake in Eton, England. Joining Jeffers in the boat were Esther Lofgren, Erin Cafaro and Portia Johnson.
A strong second half of the race propelled the U.S. to the bronze. The crew sat in fifth position at the 500-meter mark before slowly beginning its push towards a medal position just before the midway point of the race. The U.S. passed Germany for third place during the third 500 meters and then walked away from the rest of the field to secure the bronze medal. Australia won the gold medal with a time of 6:25.35, setting a world's best time in the process. China finished second in a 6:26.75, followed by the U.S. in a 6:28.66.
This is the second medal of the summer for Jeffers, who has been training with the U.S. team in New Jersey. She won a silver medal with a U.S. eight at the FISA World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, in July.
Jeffers has had an impact on the Yale crew since the day she arrived in New Haven. As a freshman, she was in the No. 1 seat on the Bulldogs' varsity eight that finished second at the NCAA Championships, and she has been named first team All-America by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association in each of the last two years.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity