Radcliffe’s Bates, Coffey Win at U.S. U23 Trials
WEST WINDSOR, N.J.—Radcliffe lightweight All-American and recent Harvard graduate Lizzy Bates '11 earned the right to represent the United States at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 21-24 in Amsterdam with her victory in the lightweight women's double at the U.S. U23 World Championships Trials on Mercer Lake Wednesday.
Radcliffe heavyweight All-American Olivia Coffey also won her event, the women's four, at the U23 Trials, but she and her boatmates declined the World Championships bid in order to focus on making the U.S. women's eight. Coffey was a part of the U23 world-champion women's eight last summer. Several other Radcliffe athletes also participated in the Trials.
Bates, racing for Vesper Boat Club with Sarah Keller, will represent the U.S. for the second straight year after winning Wednesday's final in a 7:12.56. They showed their strength, speed and experience with a convincing win by nearly nine seconds. The duo placed ninth at last year's World Championships in Belarus.
Coffey and the U23 Women's Selection Camp "A" boat won the women's four in 6:42.42, deferring their selection to the second-place entry, also from the U23 Selection Camp.
Michelle Pearson and Mary Maginnis, both members of the Radcliffe heavyweight varsity eight, raced together in the double, placing third in 7:22.70. Despite being new to sculling, they made it through the time trial and finished ahead of the Potomac Boat Club in the final.
Radcliffe lightweights Katherine Mallett and Marissa Reichel placed fourth as part of the Boston Rowing Club women's quad. Their time 7:06.73 was 2.5 seconds behind the third-place crew from Vesper.