RACICE, Czech Republic--Eight rowers from Harvard competed at the 2009 Under 23 World Championships last weekend. Two walked away with medals, while seven of the eight advanced to A or B finals.
Rising junior Olivia Coffey won a silver medal with the U.S. women's eight, clocking a 6:21.80 to finish 1.09 seconds behind Great Britain. The British boat took the lead in the first 500 meters and built a 2.68-second advantage on the American crew, which sat in third, at the midway point of the race. The U.S. boat tried to get back on terms with Great Britain over the final 1,000 meters but was unable to track down the Brits. Great Britain crossed the line in a 6:20.71, while Poland took the bronze medal in 6:23.16.
Anthony Locke, rowing for Great Britain, earned bronze in the men's eight. His crew finished in 5:35.25 behind Poland and Germany. Locke, a rising junior, rowed against varsity eight-teammate Richard Anderson, who was the stroke for the Canadian eight. Canada finished fifth with a time of 5:37.74.
Laura Nicholson '09 rowed in the women's four for the United States, which finished sixth in the A final. The crew got off the line in fourth position but was unable to make a push for a spot on the medal stand during the second half of the race. Sitting in fifth at the midway point, Belarus came from behind to win the gold medal in a 6:48.77. Italy finished second in a 6:49.90, followed by New Zealand in a 6:52.76. The U.S. entry crossed the finish line with a time of 6:57.21.
Ryan Bucke, a rising junior for the Crimson, sat in the bow seat of Great Britain's coxed four. Great Britain finished third in the B level final with a time of 6:25.62.
Rising sophomore Austin Meyer and the United States came in fourth in the B final of the lightweight men's four, good for a 10th-place finish overall. The top four crews finished within 2.85 seconds of each other, with Italy winning in a 6:05.10. Denmark finished second, followed by Australia. The U.S. clocked a 6:07.95. Jeff Overington '09 was the stroke for the Canadian entry that finished fifth in a time of 6:09.82.
Patrick Thornycroft, a rising sophomore, won the E final of the men's single sculls. He used a 1:48.31 split in the final 500 to come back for the win. He clocked in at 7:19.12.
Photo of Olivia Coffey courtesy DSPics.com