VARESE, Italy – Washington State University rowers Mickey Aylard and Nicole Hare earned bronze medals as part of the Canadian women’s four boat, while Mihaela-Teodora Berindei placed eighth in the event with Romania at the 2014 Under 23 World Rowing Championships.
A rising-junior at WSU, Hare stroked the four boat for Canada, while rising-senior Mickey Aylard rowed two seat. In the first heat, Hare and Aylard’s crew took on Russia, Ukraine, Romania and the Netherlands, placing second in the heat and advancing to the A Final with a time of 7:07.03, less than six seconds behind Russia in first place. Berindei’s Romanian boat, where she rowed in the three seat, placed fourth in the heat, moving to the Repechage with a time of 7:18.70.
In the Repechage, the Romanian crew finished third with a time of 7:33.43, behind New Zealand in first (7:23.33) and Ukraine (7:26.71), just missing out on A Final and moving on to the B Final. In B Final, July 26, Romania finished just five seconds behind Germany to place second in the heat and eighth overall.
Hare and Aylard’s Canadian Crew went up against five other crews in the A Final, placing third with a time of 6:47.42. The United States won gold with a time of 6:43.24, followed by New Zealand in second for silver with a time of 6:45.91, less than two seconds ahead of Canada.
A 2014 All-Pac-12 honoree, Hare competed with Canada in the U23 Championships for the second-straight year after placing fifth as a member of the women’s eight last season. Hare is entering her junior season at Washington State, having rowed in the varsity eight boat each of her two seasons with the Cougars. A rising-sophomore, Berindei also competed in last year’s championships, capturing a gold medal for Romania in the women’s quadruple sculls. She rowed with the Cougar varsity eight crew during her freshman year in 2014. A rising-senior, Aylard just competed in the U23 Championships for the first time, having rowed in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four boats, respectively, each of her three years at WSU.