August 8, 2011

Devlin Guides U.S. Eight To Third Place Finish At World Rowing Junior Championships

Coxswain Will Be Heading To Yale This Fall

ETON, England – Incoming freshman Christine Devlin guided the United States women's eight to a third-place finish on the final day of the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships. Devlin, a coxswain, earned a medal for the second straight year. She led the U.S. to a silver medal in 2010.

Both Germany and Romania had shown strong starts in the race for lanes, so the U.S. crew knew it would need to have a strong middle 1,000 meters to keep in the hunt. Unfortunately, the U.S. dropped four seconds to Romania in the first 500 meters and could never close the gap for the top two spots.

"We knew we'd be down off the start," Devlin told US Rowing. "We had these moves at the 500 and 1,000 meter marks that we thought we're going to get it. But, (Germany and Romania) brought their 'A' games, and they went above and beyond what I think we could have gone. They rowed their hearts out, and I don't think we could have gone any harder. So, no disappointment. We put it all out there, and they were just the better crews."

Romania went hard off the start to establish about a boat-length lead in the first 1,000 meters. They continued to lead through the 1,500-meter mark before Germany sped past, clocking a 6:20.16 to win the gold medal. Romania finished second in a 6:23.66, with the U.S. crossing in third with a time of 6:32.28.

Devlin is a Harvard, Mass., native who graduated Philips Exeter Academy.

Photo courtesy of USA Rowing

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity