AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Former Washington State University rowers, Lisa Roman, Daniela Nachazelova and Beth Rodford advanced their respective boats, Wednesday, at the 2014 World Rowing Championships.
A native of Langley, British Columbia, Roman helped lead her women’s eight crew to victory in the second heat of the event. The Canadians notched a time of 6:20.96, the exact same time of the reigning world champions, the United States, which won the first heat of the event. The Canadians now move on to the A Final, Sunday, Aug. 31, looking to knock off the Americans, as they will be the top-two seeds.
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.
A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Nachazelova helped lead the Czech Republic lightweight women’s double sculls boat to a second-place finish in the Repechage, advancing to the A/B Semifinal, Thursday. Joined by Ricky Nencini, Nachazelova’s crew came in with a time of 7:52.69, nearly two minutes behind the United States at 7:51.00.
Nachazelova rowed with the Cougars’ varsity squad in 2004, leading the second varsity eight boat to a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, as the Cougars placed ninth nationally as a team.
A native of Gloucester, England, Rodford helped lead the Great Britain quadruple sculls crew to a first-place finish in the Repechage, moving her boat on to the A/B Semifinals. Her crew clocked a time of 6:45.36, over four seconds ahead of Italy in second with a time of 6:49.70.
Rodford rowed one season with the Cougars in 2002, helping lead the varsity eight boat to a third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championship as a freshman. Her boat earned a bid to the NCAA Championships, finishing 13th in the nation. Rodford transferred closer to home following her one season at Washington State and graduated from Brunel University. She raced in the women’s quadruple scull in the 2012 Olympic Games at London, advancing to the final and finishing sixth.
Online streaming with audio commentary of results will be available throughout the week of competition at www.worldrowing.com.