SEVILLE, Spain – The women’s eight of Mary Whipple (Orangevale, Calif.), Kate MacKenzie (Novi, Mich.), Anna Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash.), Ali Cox (Turlock, Calif.), Bernadette Marten (Fortville, Ind.), Maite Urtasun (Riverside, N.J.), Caryn Davies (Ithaca, N.Y.), Dana Peirce (Richmond, Va.) and Kate Johnson (Portland, Ore.) led wire-to-wire and brought home a gold medal for the United States on the last day of competition at the 2002 FISA World Rowing Championships in Seville, Spain.
The boat clocked a 6:04.25 to finish 0.85 seconds ahead of the hard-charging crew from Australia and 0.94 seconds ahead of Germany. The United States got off to a strong start and built a 1.11-second advantage over the Romanians at the 500-meter mark. As Romania, Germany and Australia fought for second position, the U.S. crew maintained a three- to four-seat advantage as they hit the 1,250-meter mark. That’s when the crew began its sprint to the finish, holding both Australia and Germany a couple of seats back for the remainder of the race.
“We came off the line pretty hard and we just never let up,” MacKenzie said. “We put our foot down and said ‘we’re going to do this.’ We challenged the crews to come with us and held on. It was amazing.”
“We felt a little bit pressured in the second 1,000 meters because Germany and Australia were closing in, but we did a very good job of closing the eyes and just focusing on us,” Whipple said. “That’s really what got us to the line first was just focusing on us, especially the last 700 meters. Those crews were charging, but we never got frantic.”
Australia won the silver medal in a time of 6:04.25, while Germany won the bronze medal in a time of 6:05.19. For the United States, it was the first medal in the women’s eight since a silver-medal performance in 1999 and the first gold medal in the event since 1995.
“It feels unbelievable,” said Cox about the victory. “It makes me excited for the future. It makes me proud of the hard work I’ve put in over the years. It makes me proud of my teammates. It makes me proud of my coach. It makes me proud to be an American.”
The U.S. also won a pair of bronze medals in the men’s eight and the women’s lightweight quadruple sculls on the final day of competition. Sunday’s three medals gave the U.S. seven medals at the championships.
The men’s eight of coxswain Pete Cipollone (Ardmore, Pa.), Jon Watling (Greenwich, Conn.), Bryan Volpenhein (Cincinnati, Ohio), Eric Mueller (Cedarburg, Wis.), Mike Wherley (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Wolf Moser (Moultonboro, N.H.), Joseph Hansen (Bakersfield, Calif.), Garrett Klugh (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Ryan Torgerson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) brought home the bronze medal after clocking a 5:29.27 to finish 2.35 seconds behind Canada. As usual, the Canadians had a strong start, taking the top spot off the line. The Americans sat in fourth place at the 500-meter mark, just 1.57 seconds behind Canada. Germany and the U.S. rowed through Croatia in the third 500 meters and battled each other the rest of the way down the course for second place as they attempted to catch the Canadians. However, the U.S. could not close the gap as Canada and Germany beat them to the finish line. Canada stroked a 5:26.92 to win the gold medal, while Germany finished in a 5:28.16 to win silver.
“It was tough,” Cipollone said. “The conditions were a little variable and our plan was really to go out there and attack it from end to end. We just wanted to have our best piece, so that’s a little tough. The Canadians just really blasted it.”
The women’s lightweight quadruple sculls quartet of Wendy Campanella (Needham, Mass.), Abigail Cromwell (Cambridge, Mass.), Michelle Whitcomb Borkhuis (Walworth, N.Y.) and Anne Finke (North Palm Beach, Fla.) also won a bronze medal, clocking a 6:32.48 to finish 2.93 seconds behind Australia. The finish marked the fourth time in five years that the U.S. has won a medal in the event. The American boat got off to a solid start and sat in fourth position at the 500-meter mark, just 1.16 seconds behind the race leaders from Italy. Australia, the Netherlands and the U.S. all passed the Italian crew in the second quarter of the race and continued to battle each other the entire way down the course, with the Aussies and the Dutch pulling away in the final 500 meters. Australia stroked a world-record time of 6:29.50, while the Netherlands finished 0.46 seconds behind in a 6:30.01.
The crew of Mike Altman (Marin County, Calif.) and Simon Carcagno (Pennington, N.J.) finished fifth in the men’s lightweight pair, clocking a 6:41.43 to finish 11.46 seconds behind the winning crew from Chile. The U.S. duo sat in sixth position at the 500-meter mark and could never really push back into medal contention. The Chilean crew led from start to finish, setting a new world record in the process by stroking a 6:29.97. Italy won the silver medal and Great Britain took the bronze.
In the men’s four with coxswain, the crew of coxswain Nick Anderson (Omaha, Neb.), Artour Samsonov (Stoneham, Mass.), Nicholas Tripician (Ventnor, N.J.), Michael Blomquist (Greensboro, N.C.), and Luke Walton (Poway, Calif.) finished sixth, 7.92 seconds behind the gold medalists from Great Britain. The U.S. boat started off in fourth place and held that position through the 1,000-meter mark. However, the crew could not make a move on the top three boats to get into medal position and dropped to sixth during the last half of the race. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:14.62. Great Britain won the gold medal in a time of 6:06.70. Germany earned the silver medal and Croatia took home the bronze medal.
The men’s lightweight quadruple sculls crew of Michael Aller (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Tim Larson (North Augusta, S.C.), John Kennel (Rochester, N.Y.) and Nick Cindrich (Tannersville, Va.) also finished sixth in its final. The crew sat in fourth place at the 500-meter mark but quickly dropped to sixth as the boats reached the midway point of the race. Unfortunately, The U.S. could never mount a challenge for a top three spot in the final 1,000 meters, clocking a 6:01.31 to finish 9.42 seconds behind the gold medalists from Italy. Italy stroked a 5:51.89 to win the gold medal, with Spain taking silver in a time of 5:54.23 and the Netherlands taking bronze in a 5:54.59.
In the other finals, the Italian men’s lightweight double sculls set a new world record of 6:10.80 in winning the gold medal. Other crews winning gold medals included Germany in the men and women’s quadruple sculls, Denmark in the men’s lightweight four, Australia in the women’s lightweight double sculls and Great Britain in the women’s lightweight pair.
Four additional U.S. crews raced for final placing in the consolation finals.
In the women’s lightweight double sculls, Stacey Borgman (Homer, Alaska) and Mary Obidinski (Oneonta, N.Y.) edged the crew from Canada by 0.16 seconds to win the “B” final and place 7th overall. The U.S. got off the line in fourth position, 2.48 seconds behind the Canadian crew, and still sat in the fourth spot at the midway point of the race. That’s when Borgman and Obidinski made their move. The crew moved into second position with 500 meters remaining and edged ahead of Canada with less than 250 meters to go to take the victory. The U.S. boat finished in a time of 7:07.33, while Canada stroked a 7:07.49.
The women’s quadruple sculls crew of Danika Harris (Durham, N.H.), Hilary Gehman (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Carol Skricki (Norwood, Mass.) and Sarah Jones (Stanwood, Wash.) dominated its “B” final to finish 7th overall. The crew took the lead from the start and built a 5.29-second advantage on second-place Russia by the 1,000-meter mark. The U.S. continued to maintain its lead throughout the last half of the race and finished in a time of 6:29.69, 5.37 seconds ahead of the Netherlands. Russia dropped to third, 10.25 seconds off of the United States’ pace.
Steve Warner (Livonia, Mich.), Patrick Todd (Cincinnati, Ohio), Gabe Winkler (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) and Paul Teti (Upper Darby, Pa.) finished fourth in their “B” final of the men’s lightweight four to finish 10th overall. The crew sat in sixth position at the 500-meter mark, 2.82 seconds behind the leaders from Austria. The U.S. boat slowly worked its way up the field into fourth position with 500 meters to go. The quartet continued to make a charge during the last quarter of the race and just missed catching the faltering Austrian crew in the final strokes. The U.S. clocked a 6:05.65, while Austria dropped from first to third in the final 500 meters, finishing in a time of 6:05.59. Ireland won the “B” final in a time of 6:03.12, with Poland finishing second, 0.66 seconds behind.
The men’s quadruple sculls crew of Michael Callahan (Arlington, Va.), J. Sloan DuRoss (Old Orchard Beach, Maine), Wyatt Allen (Portland, Maine) and Ben Holbrook (Hartland, Wis.) also finished fourth in its repechage and 10th overall. The crew sat in sixth place at the 500-meter mark, 2.41 seconds behind the leaders from Estonia, and slowly made its way through the pack to take over third place with 500 meters remaining. However, the Czech Republic was able to pass the U.S. boat in the final quarter of the race. The United States clocked a 5:55.82 to finish 3.64 seconds behind the winners from Estonia.
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2002 FISA World Rowing Championships Results
Sunday, September 22, 2002
Men’s Four with Coxswain
Final: 1. Great Britain, 6:06.70; 2. Germany, 6:08.88; 3. Croatia, 6:10.54; 4. Italy, 6:12.72; 5. Slovenia, 6:14.42; 6. United States (Anderson, Samsonov, Tripician, Blomquist, Walton), 6:14.62.
Women’s Lightweight Pair
Final: 1 Great Britain, 7:29.91; 2. Chile, 7:41.21; 3. Spain, 7:47.26; 4. Hungary, 7:57.68.
Men’s Lightweight Pair (Final A Places 1-6; Final B Places 7-12)
Final A: 1. Chile, 6:29.97 (World Record); 2. Italy, 6:31.94; 3. Great Britain, 6:34.40; 4. Canada, 6:39.83; 5. United States (Altman, Carcagno), 6:41.43; 6. Ireland, 6:45.67.
Final B: 1. Netherlands, 6:37.30; 2. Romania, 6:41.50; 3. Australia, 6:42.25; 4. Germany, 6:42.28; 5. Russia, 6:43.26; 6. France, 6:43.37.
Women’s Lightweight Quadruple Sculls (Final A Places 1-6; Final B Places 7-8)
Final A: 1. Australia, 6:29.55 (World Record); 2. Netherlands, 6:30.01; 3. United States (Campanella, Borkhuis, Cromwell, Finke), 6:32.48; 4. Spain, 6:38.07; 5. Great Britain, 6:39.39; 6. Italy, 6:41.15.
Final B: 1. Denmark, 6:46.23; 2. Spain, 7:08.48.
Men’s Lightweight Quadruple Sculls (Final A Places 1-6; Final B Places 7-10)
Final A: 1. Italy, 5:51.89; 2. Spain, 5:54.23; 3. Netherlands, 5:54.59; 4. Great Britain, 5:55.03; 5. Germany, 5:57.63; 6. United States (Aller, Larson, Kennel, Cindrich), 6:01.31.
Final B: 1. Japan, 6:02.50; 2. Argentina, 6:04.62; 3. Greece, 6:05.88; 4. Chile, 6:07.29.
Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls (Final A Places 1-6; Final B Places 7-12)
Final A: 1. Australia, 6:52.84; 2. Germany, 6:53.56; 3. Great Britain, 6:55.28; 4. Poland, 6:57.65; 5. Netherlands, 6:59.69; 6. Denmark, 7:07.08.
Final B: 1. United States (Borgman, Obidinski), 7:07.33; 2. Canada, 7:07.49; 3. France, 7:14.86; 4. Greece, 7:16.23; 5. Finland, 7:16.45; 6. Romania, 7:16.68.
Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls (Final A Places 1-6; Final B Places 7-11)
Final A: 1. Italy, 6:10.80 (World Record); 2. Poland, 6:13.50; 3. Denmark, 6:14.82; 4. Germany, 6:15.03; 5. Greece, 6:19.82; 6. Australia, 6:21.30.
Final B: 1. Spain, 6:28.50; 2. Russia, 6:28.62; 3. Great Britain, 6:30.22; 4. Netherlands, 6:31.15; 5. Brazil, 6:31.64; Japan, DNS.
Men’s Lightweight Four (Final A Places 1-6; Final B Places 7-12)
Final A: 1. Denmark, 5:47.21; 2. Italy, 5:49.41; 3. Canada, 5:50.55; 4. Australia, 5:51.74; 5. Germany, 5:52.47; 6. France, 5:58.70.
Final B: 1. Ireland, 6:03.12; 2. Poland, 6:03.78; 3. Austria, 6:05.59; 4. United States (Warner, Todd, Winkler, Teti), 6:05.65; 5. Yugoslavia, 6:05.97; 6. Great Britain, 6:10.02.
Women’s Quadruple Sculls (Final A Places 1-6; Final B Places 7-10)
Final A: 1. Germany, 6:15.66; 2. Denmark, 6:16.84; 3. Belarus, 6:18.12; 4. Australia, 6:19.26; 5. Great Britain, 6:20.15; 6. Ukraine, 6:20.50.
Final B: 1. United States (Harris, Gehman, Skricki, Jones), 6:29.59; 2. Netherlands, 6:35.06; 3. Russia, 6:39.94; 4. Spain, 6:53.92.
Men’s Quadruple Sculls (Final A Places 1-6; Final B Places 7-12)
Final A: 1. Germany, 5:39.57; 2. Poland, 5:40.43; 3. Italy, 5:43.62; 4. Ukraine, 5:45.70; 5. Russia, 5:45.95; 6. Belarus, 5:46.09.
Final B: 1. Estonia, 5:52.18; 2. Slovenia, 5:53.33; 3. Czech Republic, 5:54.59; 4. United States (Callahan, DuRoss, Allen, Holbrook), 5:55.82; 5. Netherlands, 5:56.45; 6. France, 5:58.41.
Final: 1. United States (Whipple, MacKenzie, Mickelson, Cox, Marten, Urtasun, Davies, Peirce, Johnson), 6:04.25; 2. Australia, 6:05.10; 3. Germany, 6:05.19; 4. Romania, 6:10.65; 5. Belarus, 6:11.18; 6. Canada, 6:11.62.
Men’s Eight (Final A Places 1-6; Final B Places 7-12)
Final A: 1. Canada, 5:26.92; 2. Germany, 5:28.16; 3. United States (Cipollone, Watling, Volpenhein, Mueller, Wherley, Moser, Hansen, Klugh, Torgerson), 5:29.27; 4. Croatia, 5:31.96; 5. Italy, 5:33.48; 6. Great Britain, 5:35.78.
Final B: 1. Australia, 5:35.69; 2. Romania, 5:37.17; 3. Egypt, 5:38.77; 4. Russia, 5:39.06; 5. Poland, 5:41.71; 6. Ukraine, 5:42.05.