The U.S. had 12 boats competing at World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland, this weekend and four of those crews are coming home with medals, all from the women’s side.
The women’s eight earned bronze in a close race behind winner New Zealand (6:06.17) and Canada (6:08.11) in second place. The boat — consisting of Victoria Opitz, Gia Doonan, Emily Regan, Felice Mueller, Dana Moffat, Tracy Eisser, Kristine O’Brien, Olivia Coffey and coxswain Katelin Guregian — finished in 6:09.17. The U.S. team, which included four Olympians, had advanced to the final after winning the repechage by 2.34 seconds.
O’Brien and Mueller earned another bronze in the women’s pair in USA2 behind New Zealand and Canada with a time of 7:17.79. The USA1 boat, with Erin Reelick and Molly Bruggeman, was five seconds behind them and finished fourth.
The U.S. also had third- and fourth-place finishes in the women’s four. USA2, with Opitz, Doonan, Regan and Eisser, was third with a time of 6:32.08, just over four seconds behind second-place Denmark. USA1, with Madeleine Wanamaker, Erin Boxberger, Sophia Vitas and Erin Briggs, was fourth.
2016 Olympians Meghan O’Leary and Ellen Tomek, who ended a 27-year U.S. medal drought in women’s double sculls by winning silver at the 2017 world championships, took bronze in women’s double sculls final with a time of 6:53.04.
Kara Kohler, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in quadruple sculls, fell just short of medal position with a fourth-place finish in single sculls.