AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Former Washington State University rowers, Lisa Roman, Daniela Nachazelova and Beth Rodford completed action at the 2014 World Rowing Championships, as Roman captured silver for Canada in the women’s eight.
A native of Langley, British Columbia, Roman helped lead her women’s eight crew to the silver medal in the final of the event, Sunday. The Canadians finished with a time of 5:59.66, just under three seconds behind the reigning Olympic-champions, the United States, with a time of 5:56.83. China was third, less than a second behind Canada, followed by Romania, Russia and Great Britain.
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 sixth-place finish in the B Final Saturday. Joined by Ricky Nencini, Nachazelova’s crew came in with a time of 6:59.59, 10 seconds behind the winners of the heat, Great Britain, with a time of 6:49.16. New Zealand captured the gold in the event, winning the A Final.
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 third-place finish in the B Final, finishing in a time of 6:16.69, three seconds behind the heat-winner, the Netherlands. Germany captured gold in the event, winning the A Final.
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.