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It's gold, silver and bronze for Stanford rowers in France

Former Stanford rowers Grace Luczak and Elle Logan combined for a gold, a silver and a bronze medal as they were part of seven medals for Team USA at the World Rowing Cup II in Aiguebelette, France this past weekend.


Luczak, a human biology 2011 graduate from Stanford, helped lead the USA in a remarkable comeback to win gold in the women's 8+ race. The American boat that won gold at the 2013 World Championships and set a world record at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup, overtook Canada in the final five strokes to reach the top of the podium once again.

Luczak sat in the five seat and provided the power for the U.S. as they came back from down close to a length with 500 meters to go to clock a 6:04.77 and win by half a second over the neighbors to the North. Great Britain took third.

Logan, who earned her degree in history in 2011 from The Farm, sat three seat in the USA Women's 4x. The Americans won their heat on Friday to reach the finals. They held the second position throughout the race and finished four seconds back of Germany to claim silver with a time of 6:20.87.

Earlier in the day Luczak also stood on the podium following her bronze medal performance in the women's pair. Following a spectacular final 500 meters on Saturday where Luczak and her teammate Caroline Lind ran down New Zealand and China to finish second overall and reach the finals, the two were at it again.

One of four USA boats in the six-team race, Luczak and Lind slipped to fifth place by the 1,500-meter mark. In the last 500, they guided by China and two of their USA teammates to glide across the finish line in third place. The bronze-medal time was 7:09.12. It was another great finish and continued the 2014 success for Luczak, who took second in the pair earlier this year at the National Selection Regatta.

The weekend's competition wrapped up the second of three World Cup events. The first was held in Sydney, Australia in March and the final will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland July 11-13. The results of the three World Cup events will help determine the roster for Team USA at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam August 24-31.

In West Windsor, N.J., one current Stanford rower and one signee competed against each other on Monday at the Senior 1 World Championships Trials on Mercer Lake.

Senior Nancy Miles was in the lane next to incoming freshman Devin Norder, while two members of the Stanford lightweight rowing team -- Katherine Christel and Jackie Huddle -- were on the other side. All three boats were racing in the Women's Ltwt B 2x Heat 1 event.

Stanford was well-represented in the event with rowers in three of the four boats. In the end, it was the youngest rower who came out on top. Norder's boat took first with a time of 7:17.66. They were three seconds ahead of Miles' boat, which crossed in 7:20.86 for second place. Christel and Huddle finished in fourth place.

Norder will automatically move on to the finals. She will race again on Wednesday. Miles slides down to the reps on Tuesday, where she once again races against Christel and Huddle for a spot in the finals.

— Stanford Athletics

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