Liz England and Crew Move on to Final at World Rowing U23 Championships
July 12, 2012
TRAKAI, Lithuania - Former Washington State University rower, Liz England, and her women's four crew has moved on to the final after finishing second in its repechage, Thursday at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
Joined by Cathy McDermott (Cazenovia, N.Y.), Molly Bruggeman (Dayton, Ohio), and Daphne Martschenko (Fairfax, Va.), England (Richlands, Va.) finished second in its repechage to move on to Saturday's final in the women's four. After getting off the line in third position, the U.S. moved past Germany into second place at the 1,000-meter mark, putting itself into position to advance. The quartet continued to build its lead on the Germans in the third 500, easily qualifying for the final. New Zealand won the race in a 6:40.83, with the U.S. finishing in a 6:46.17. The top two teams advanced to the final.
England's crew raced in the repechage after finishing third in its quarterfinal heat. With two to advance to the final, the crew got off the line in third position and held that spot the entire way down the course, finishing with a time of 6:57.18. Russia took a two-second lead in the first 500 meters and pulled away from the field to win the race in a 6:49.87. Romania took second, also advancing to the final. Canada and Australia took the top two spots in the second head to earn automatic berths in the final.
England will compete once again Saturday with the U23 Championship on the line. A transfer from Clemson, England was a three-year member of the Cougar varsity rowing team, competing with the varsity four and second varsity eight boats as a sophomore in 2009-10, with the second varsity eight crew in 2010-11 and with the varsity eight boat this past season as a senior (2011-12).
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