The three current and former Stanford women's rowers competing for the United States at the World Rowing Championships this past week came away with a haul of a gold and silver medal when the event wrapped Sunday in Chungju, South Korea.
Grace Luczak '11 captured the gold medal with the U.S. eight, the boat's eighth in a row at the event. Junior Nancy Miles claimed silver with the U.S. lightweight quad sculls and Elle Logan '11, rowing in the single sculls, finished fifth in the A Final.
The performances continued a spectacular summer for Stanford rowers in international competition, bringing the total medal haul to nine. Logan captured three silvers and a bronze in the single sculls and women's quad sculls at this summer's two Samsung World Cup events, Luczak earned a gold and a silver at the two World Cup events in addition to Sunday's world championship gold, Miles earned her silver Friday and Ruth Narode earned gold in the women's eight at the World Under-23 Championships in July.
“It was another fantastic summer for the 'Women of Stanford' on the elite stage," said Stanford head coach Yasmin Farooq. "Elle, Grace and Nancy really put it all out there this year. I’m so proud of them, the hard work that they put in to be able to compete at the senior level, and the legacy that they continue to build for Stanford women’s rowing. The performances by Ruth Narode, Lilly Tinapple and Filippa Karrfelt at the U-23’s are new chapters in this incredible tradition as well. All are an inspiration to everyone on this team who aspires to make boats go as fast as possible—for Stanford and beyond.”
Miles claimed her silver medal Friday as the U.S. went back and forth with the Netherlands and Italy in the final before taking second behind the Dutch boat.
Luczak and Logan competed in their respective finals Sunday. The eight took the lead for good at the 250-meter mark and by the end had out-distanced second-place Romania by five seconds for the gold medal.
Logan, in the single sculls final, ended up fifth in a loaded field, 11 seconds back of gold medal winner Kim Crow of Australia.