AIGUEBELETTE, France – Former Washington State University rower, Lisa Roman, placed second, earning silver, as part of Canada’s women’s eight crew at the 2014 World Cup II at Aiguebelette, France.
Canada led the first 1,500 meters of the 2,000 meter race, finishing with a time of 6:05.820. The United States came from fourth place to pass Canada in the final 500 meters and capture gold with a time of 6:04.770. The Canadians finished nearly six seconds ahead of Great Britain in third with a time of 6:11.390, just ahead of China in fourth with a time of 6:11.510. Germany placed fifth with a time of 6:17.300.
A native of Langley, British Columbia, Roman was joined in the boat by Cristy Nurse (Georgetown, Ontario), Christine Roper (Victoria, British Columbia), Natalie Mastracci (Thorold, Ontario), Susanne Grainger (London, Ontario), Rosanne Deboef (Victoria, British Columbia), Ashley Brzozowicz (Toronto, Ontario), Lauren Wilkinson (North Vancouver, British Columbia) and coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie (London, Ontario).
A transfer from University of the Fraser Valley, Roman competed with the Cougar varsity rowing team for three seasons, rowing in the varsity boat all three years (2010-12). She is a two-time all-conference honoree, and in 2012 was named to the CRCA All-West Region First Team and the Pocock All-America Second Team. Last season she also competed in national competition as a member of Canada’s women’s eight boat, capturing bronze at the World Rowing Cup. In 2013 she rowed with Canada’s Western Rowing Club at the Henley Royal Regatta and in 2011 she represented Canada at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships.
The Canadian team will now travel to Italy for a training camp in preparation for World Cup III. Lucerne, Switzerland will host this final stop on the World Cup circuit between July 11th and 13th.