LUCERNE, Switzerland – Former Washington State University rower, Lisa Roman, placed third, earning bronze, as part of the women’s eight crew at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup at Lucerne, Switzerland.
Canada finished in a time of 6:01.61, just behind Romania in second place with a time of 6:00.42. The 2012 Olympic Champions, the United States, win the event by nearly six seconds with a time of 5:54.16.Great Britain (fourth, 6.04.84), Germany (fifth, 6:08.23) and New Zealand (sixth, 6:14.26) followed.
A native of Langley, British Columbia, Roman was joined in the boat by Cristy Nurse (Georgetown, Onatrio), Christine Roper (Victoria, British Columbia), Sarah Black (Ottawa, Ontario), Natalie Mastracci (Thorold, Ontario), Susanne Grainger (London, Ontario), Carolyn Ganes (Saskatoon, SaskatchewanSaskatchewanSaskatchewan), Jen Martins (Toronto, Ontario) and coxswain Kristen Kit (St. Catharines, Ontario). Only Mastracci is back from the silver-medal winning Olympic boat, and Nurse was an alternate for the crew.
“I’m pleased to see the eight (bronze) and the four (gold) on the podium this weekend,” Canada’s women’s coach, John Keogh said. “Overall, as a team, there is a lot that we’ve learned and a lot we need to work on.”
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 rowed for Canada’s Western Rowing Club at the Henley Royal Regatta and in 2011 she represented Canada at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships.