May 13, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford sophomore women's rower Elle Logan captured the bronze medal alongside partner Caroline Lind on Sunday at the 2008 Rowing World Cup event in Munich, Germany. It was the first international rowing event in which the pair had rowed together.
As a freshman, Logan stroked Stanford's varsity eight to a silver medal performance at the Pac-10 Championships last year, as well as a 10th-place finish at the NCAA's. She is currently taking 2007-08 season off from Stanford to pursue a seat on the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team.
"I watched the live coverage online," said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. "Seeing Elle on the podium with other world class rowers is inspirational to this team as we prepare for the Pac-10 Championships. So many Olympians have come through Stanford. We'll be doing everything we can to provide many more Stanford rowers with a gateway to their Olympic dreams."
Lind (Greensboro, N.C.) and Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) got off the line in fourth position but moved passed The Netherlands into third place during the second quarter of the race. The U.S. duo continued to walk away from the Dutch pair over the final 1,000 meters to secure the bronze medal, crossing the finish line in an 8:00.45.
China's Yulan Gao and You Wu won the gold medal in a 7:49.94, followed by Germany's Maren Derlien and Lenka Wech in a 7:56.62. The USA2 entry of Anna Goodale (Camden, Maine) and Susan Francia (Abington, Pa.) finished sixth, clocking an 8:13.32.
"Winning the bronze was awesome," Lind said. "I told Elle after the race that we did a great job. It's the first step towards the larger goal. It was her first time on the medal stand and I said to her, 'let's just enjoy this.' We know what we need to work on. We know that we can execute better and be more efficient."
While Lind is a three-time senior national team member with two world championships' gold medals from the eight on her resume, Logan was racing in her first elite-level international event. Lind said the duo tried to stay focused on improving each race throughout the competition.
"We came in with nothing to loose," said Lind of the regatta as a whole.
"It was really windy, and we knew the races would be long. We believed in our training and in ourselves and took each race as one more step. We tried to stay focused on some technical keys and stay relaxed."
The Rowing World Cup series was launched in 1997 and includes all 14 Olympic boat classes. The overall Rowing World Cup champions are determined after a series of three regattas. This year, the three stages of the series will be held May 8-11 in Munich, May 30-June 1 in Lucerne, Switzerland, and June
20-22 in Poznan, Poland.
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