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U23 World Championships Wrap

Last Updated: 16.Jul.2012

The U23 World Championships drew to a close this weekend in Trakai, Lithuania. Headed by current SBTC athlete and US W1x Maddie Lips, Craftsbury had four crews with Center connections competing over the weekend.

Maddie contested the C final. Lips would face entries from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Kazahkstan and the Ukraine. The other crews got the drop on Maddie, and she faced a long race of chasing in tough conditions. At 500m, she was a second off the rest of the final, but she'd have moved to third by the half way point, where she'd remain behind the Czech and Belgian scullers. Maddie's time of 8:54.37 was indicative of the challenging conditions the competitors faced:  the times were all roughly a minute slower than the rest of the women's singles racing over the week!

Ben Dann (SBTC '11) and the US M4x also contested the C final on Saturday, ending 2nd for 14th overall at the regatta. They had an early lead, but fell victim to a move from Poland shortly after 500m. Dylan Gould (SBTC '11) and the lightweight M4x wrapped up fourth in the B final in a time of 6:56.5.

Nick Trojan (SBTC '10) and Austin Meyer (long-time COC intern) joined forces in the lightweight men's double and enjoyed a great run to the A final on Sunday. The duo fell off the pace early, and faced an uphill battle to get back on terms. The race went out hard under the impetus of Austria, Germany and Spain, before Poland timed a surge in the third 500. While the Americans would pull Spain back by the 1500m mark, the podium was out of reach at that point. Despite missing out on the medals, the fourth place is a historic best for Americans in the U23 LM2x.

Congratulations to all the rowers! Beyond the competitive accomplishments, U23 World's provide many competitors with invaluable international racing experience, something that SBTC coach Lisa Schlenker cited in her assessment of Maddie's week: "Maddie will be the first to mention how much she learned with this experience, and I'm proud of her efforts the entire week. This experience is priceless."

Find full results and coverage at www.worldrowing.com and USRowing's website