The James' brothers above racing at the 2012 Olympics - far left and sixth from left - raced at the 2013 World Cup III in Switzerland (AP photo)
July 14, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - USRowing called today's results from World Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland historic and four former Wisconsin rowers were part of the history making as the quartet returns home with three gold and one silver medal after the three-day event concluded on Sunday.
In the men's eight, former Badger and 2012 Olympian Ross James (Dekalb, Ill.) stroked the men's eight to gold with a time of 5:22.26 over the 2,000-meter race. The Americans trailed Germany at 500 meters, but steadily moved over the final 1500 meters for a victory by just .38 seconds. The American win snapped Germany's four-year winning streak.
The U.S. women's eight, including 2010 Badger All-American Vicky Optiz (Middleton, Wis.), set a world-best time by clocking a 5:54.16 over 2000 meters. The Americans led from start to finish in the nearly windless conditions to set the fastest time ever rowed by a women's eight over 2000 meters. Romania placed second, a distant six-plus seconds back in 6:00.42.
The most meaningful result of the day may have been turned in by 2012 Olympian Kristin Hedstrom (Concord, Mass.), who captured silver in the women's lightweight double sculls. While "just" a silver, Hedstrom's result qualifies her boat for the 2013 FISA World Rowing Championships set for Aug. 25-Sept. 1 in Chungju, South Korea.
Hedstrom's qualification gets her on her fifth senior U.S. national team and her seventh national team all-time, including two under-23 squads.
Finally, 2012 Olympian Grant James (Dekalb, Ill.) won his gold in the men's four, also going start to finish for victory. The Americans' time of 5:50.78 edged Australia's time of 5:51.63.
On a related note, Wisconsin saw one of its current rowers, James Letten (Chicago), rowed last weekend at the 2013 World University Games in the men's eight. Racing on Lake Kaban in Kazan, Russia, Letten's crew placed sixth as host-Russia captured top honors.
2013 World Rowing Cup III
July 12-14, 2013
1. USA, 5:22.26; 2. Germany, 5:22.64; 3. Netherlands, 5:25.65; 4. Great Britain, 5:26.11; 5. France, 5:31.31; 6. Poland, 5:31.40
USA Lineup - Ian Silveira, Ross James, Nareg Guregian, Austin Hack, Glenn Ochal, Stephen Kasprzyk, Thomas Dethlefs, Thomas Peszek, Zachary Vlahos (coxswain)
1. USA, 5:54.16; 2. Romania, 6:00.42; 3. Canada, 6:01.61; 4. Great Britain, 6:04.84; 5. Germany, 6:08.23; 6. New Zealand, 6:14.26
USA Lineup - Amanda Polk, Kerry Simmonds, Emily Regan, Lauren Schmetterling, Grace Luczak, Caroline Lind, Vicky Opitz, Heidi Robbins, Katelin Snyder (coxswain)
Women's Lightweight Double Sculls
1. Italy, 6:52.41; 2. USA, 6:55.36; 3. New Zealand, 6:57.31; 4. Great Britain, 6:57.40; 5. Netherlands, 6:59.77; 6. Germany, 7:00.62
USA Lineup - Kristin Hedstrom, Kathleen Bertko
1. USA, 5:50.78; 2. Australia, 5:51.63; 3. Italy, 5:51.70; 4. Netherlands, 5:54.98; 5. BLR, 5:56.79; 6. Germany, 6:00.33
USA Lineup - Grant James, Seth Weil, Henrik Rummel, Michael Gennaro