Led by a double-gold-medal performance by Felice Mueller and Grace Luczak, U.S. rowers scored a total of five medals Sunday at the 2016 Rowing World Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Mueller and Luczak began the day with a win in the women’s pair, earning spots on their first Olympic team in the process. They led from wire to wire to win in a time of 7:06.360. Meghan Musnicki and Eleanor Logan in USA 2 won the bronze medal in 7:11.310.
Luczak, Mueller, Musnicki and Logan then joined Katelin Snyder, Amana Elmore, Lauren Schmetterling, Tessa Gobbo and Emily Regan to crew the women’s eight to gold in a time of 6:01.120. Leading from start to finish, they held off a surging boat from Great Britain, which hit the line at 6:01.950 for silver. New Zealand won the bronze in 6:04.010.
Gevvie Stone claimed silver in the women’s single sculls, but had to work hard to get it. Sitting in fifth 500 meters into the race and almost two seconds off the pace, she began tracking down the leader, Kimberly Brennan of Australia. She caught a fading Chinese entry over the last 500 meters to move into second but was unable to reel in Brennan, who finished in 7:28.380, 2.6 seconds ahead of Stone’s 7:30.980. A member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, Stone will attempt to improve on her seventh-place finish in London four years ago.
The men’s eight of Sam Ojserkis, Austin Hack, Rob Munn, Mike DiSanto, Glenn Ochal, Steve Kasprzyk, Alex Karwoski, Hans Struzyna and Sam Dommer took the bronze with a time of 5:30.540, just behind Germany’s 5:30.300. The Netherlands won in a time of 5:28.560. The crew won at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta on the Rotsee course Tuesday to earn its starting spot in Rio in August.
The men’s four of Seth Weil, Henrik Rummel, Matt Miller and Charlie Cole was unable to duplicate its gold-medal finish at the first world cup this season, placing fourth with a time of 6:00.420, well off the 5:55.480 pace set by Great Britain and 2.13 seconds off the podium.
Joshua Konieczny and Andrew Campbell, the U.S. entry in Rio for the lightweight double sculls, finished sixth, while the American women’s quad of Olivia Coffey, Emily Huelskamp, Amanda Polk and Grace Latz was sixth.