July 28, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The United States sent 20 crews to the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Champoinships that finished up on Sunday in Linz, Austria. Five of the 20 American crews made event finals, including all three rowers from the University of Wisconsin.
Four of those crews won medals, including UW junior Anne Rauschert (Bushnell, Ill.) and UW graduated coxswain Kendall Schmidt (Greenfield, Wis.), who both won gold with the women's eight.
"It feels good," said Schmidt, who coxed the U.S. to gold at last year's under 23 championships. "It was definitely a very different race (from last year). We had a lot of courage out there, and that's what it took to finish ahead.
"I think when we crossed into the 1,500 (meters), we just focused on breathing, relaxing and trusting in our base rhythm and our base fitness. Over the course of the summer, we've really just come together and trusted our boat. That's what it took."
According to USRowing.org, the U.S. crew was first off the line, gaining three seconds on the field by the 1,000-meter mark.
Great Britain closed the gap slightly in the third 500, but the U.S. charged ahead, crossing the line in a 6:16.81. Great Britain took silver in a 6:19.15, with Germany bronze in a 6:21.61.
Representing Badger men's rowing and his own country, senior Michael Lindberg (Milwaukee) helped the U.S. lightweight men's four to a sixth-place finish in Sunday's final.
After reaching the final through the repechage with a second-place finish to Great Britain, the Americans were in the race for a medal through the first 1500 meters of the race, racing within a second of the bronze.
However it was France that pushed through for third-place in a 6:01.18. Italy won gold in 5:58.53 and Great Britain took silver in 5:59.92. The United States crossed 0.37 seconds behind Germany in sixth, clocking a 6:05.95 over 2000 meters.
"It's tough competition; the field of lightweight fours is incredible," said Lindberg. "We knew there was going to be no slowing down and that we may have to sprint early. We didn't leave anything on the water."
Women's Eight (Final)
1. USA, 6:16.81; 2. Great Britain, 6:19.15; 3. Germany, 6:21.61; 4. Australia, 6:28.84; 5. Canada, 6:30.56; 6. Netherlands, 6:31.39
Badgers - Anne Rauschert, Coxswain Kendall Schmidt
Men's Lightweight Four (Final)
1. Italy, 5:58.53; 2. Great Britain, 5:59.92; 3. France, 6:01.18; 4. Spain, 6:01.46; 5. Germany, 6:05.58; 6. USA, 6:05.95
Badgers - Michael Lindberg