Four United States' crews - the men's lightweight eight, men's pair with coxswain, women's lightweight pair, and men's four with coxswain - won medals Sunday at the 2000 FISA Junior and Non-Olympic Senior World Rowing Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
The men's lightweight eight won the gold medal for the second consecutive year. The crew of coxswain Josh Fien-Helfman (Washington, D.C.), Dave Mack, Bill Fedyna (Maple Glen, Pa.), Gus Maclaurin (Peterborough, N.H.), Steve Warner (Livonia, Mich.), Erik Miller (Renton, Wash.), Gabe Winkler (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), Martin Schwartz (Pottersville, N.J.), and John Cashman (Sausalito, Calif.) stroked a 5:55.04 to defeat Great Britain by 3.02 seconds. Australia finished third in a time of 5:59.70. Although the U.S. lightweight eight won gold in 1999, only one member of that crew was in the 2000 boat – John Cashman. The remaining eight members of the crew won their first gold medal in world's competition.
The U.S. men's pair with coxswain also won its second consecutive world title and third in four years. The crew of coxswain Nick Anderson (Omaha, Neb.), Kurt Borcherding (Madison, Wis.) and Matt Guerrieri (Egg Harbor, N.J.) defeated Romania by 2.96 seconds to win the gold medal. France finished third in a time of 7:10.66. For Anderson, it was his fourth medal in the event in as many years. For Borcherding, it was his second medal at the world championships, and for Guerrieri, it was his first.
The women's lightweight pair of Stacey Borgman (Homer, Alaska) and Catherine Humblet (Cambridge, Mass.) brought home a silver medal. Borgman and Humblet clocked a 7:35.80 to finish 2.87 seconds behind the winning crew from Great Britain (7:32.93). Germany finished well back in third place with a time of 7:49.94. For Borgman and Humblet, 2000 marked both women's first senior national team and first world championship experience.
The men's four with coxswain of coxswain Jeff Liddy, Ben Holbrook (Hartland, Wis.), Jim Neil (Buffalo, N.Y.), Garrett Klugh (Santa Monica, Calif.), and Ryan Torgerson (Cleveland, Ohio) also claimed the silver medal. The crew finished in a time of 6:18.53, 1.71 seconds behind Great Britain. Germany finished third in a time of 6:21.57.
In the women's lightweight single, Lisa Schlenker (Portland, Ore.), last year's silver medalist in the event, finished fourth in a time of 8:27.30. Finland won the race in a time of 8:13.50, while Germany and Ireland claimed the other medals.
The women's four of Sally Scovel (Fountain City, Calif.), Wendy Wilbur (East Bridgewater, Mass.), Libby Rockwood (Barrington, Ill.), and Helen Betancourt (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished fifth, clocking a 6:55.64. Belarus won the title in a time of 6:44.90, while Poland and Romania rounded out the medalists.
The women's lightweight quadruple sculls quartet of Sherri Kiklas (Orange County, Calif.), Whitney Post (Wayland, Mass.), Sara Den Besten (Fulton, Ill.), and Abigail Cromwell (Cambridge, Mass.) won its "B" final to finish 7th overall. The crew clocked a 6:57.73 to edge the Netherlands by 1.95 seconds.
The men's lightweight quadruple sculls finished second in its B" final, finishing 8th overall. Sean Maloney (Perkiomenville, Pa.), Tom Sullivan (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Ransom Weaver (Madison, Wis.) and Cooper Wessells (Paoli, Pa.) clocked a 6:11.85 to finish 1.36 seconds behind Sweden.
Men's lightweight single sculler Marcus Millard (Atlanta, Ga.) finished fourth in his "B" final and 10th overall. Millard clocked a 7:35.92. Finland won the race in a time of 7:29.19. The men's lightweight pair of Tom Keister (Ossining, N.Y.) and Sean Wolf (New Haven, Conn.) finished last in the "C" final and in 16th place overall. The crew clocked a 7:07.00, with Spain winning the race in a time of 6:59.99.