Hoyas Win Bronze at Rowing World Cup

July 17, 2002

Coach Hilary Gehman won a bronze medal at the World Cup Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland representing the U.S. in the women?s quadruple sculls.  Her crew was one of ten sent by USRowing as part of the national team selection process for the 2002 World Rowing Championships to be held later this year.  Gehman rowed in the three-seat as part of the same crew that were bronze medallists at the 2001 World Championships.

The U.S. quad finished second to Germany in its heat on Friday relegating itself to Saturday?s repechages.  In Saturday?s rep the quad again placed second, this time to Russia, in advancing to the six-boat A Final on Sunday.  The U.S. rowed in second place through the first thousand meters trailing Ukraine and leading Germany.  Germany moved through the U.S. during the third five hundred, but the U.S. maintained that position to the finish placing ahead of Russia, Great Britain, and Denmark.

The Hoyas were also represented in Lucerne by five-time national team member Conal Groom F?94.  Groom competed in the men?s lightweight double sculls in which he finished fourth in the B Final.  Racing through heats and reps on Friday, the lightweight duo advanced to Saturday?s semifinals where they placed fourth, missing qualifying for the A Final by one position.

 The U.S. lightweight double raced in fifth place through most of the final before moving through Spain in the last five hundred meters of the race to finish fourth, tenth overall among the nineteen entries.  Groom last represented the U.S. at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia finishing eleventh of nineteen in the lightweight double sculls.

Gehman will return to Georgetown in the fall to begin her third year as the Frosh/Novice Coach of the Women?s Crew.  Groom also served a stint on the Hoya staff as the women?s Frosh/Novice Lightweight Coach during the 1997-1998 year.  Both Gehman and Groom continue in the national team selection process for the 2002 World Rowing Championships to be held in Seville, Spain.



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