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Bronze medal highlights Stanford efforts at U23 rowing

Stanford senior Kaess Smit helped push the USA men's eight to a bronze medal on the final day of the Under-23 World Championships in Varese, Italy.

Smit, sitting four seat in the U.S. boat, provided the necessary power for the Americans to medal in the event. Team USA got off to a great start out of the gate and shared the lead with New Zealand after the first quarter of the race.

At the midway point it was still the U.S. and New Zealand at the front. New Zealand then started to pull away and down the final stretch Australia made a big push to overtake the Americans. Team USA crossed the finish line in third with a time of 5:32.18.

They were just under two seconds behind Australia, who earned silver. New Zealand cruised to the gold medal. Germany, Italy and Great Britain rounded out the field.

For Smit he claims his second straight bronze medal at the U23 World Championships. He also helped the U.S. pick up a bronze in the four last summer in Linz, Austria.

On the final day of the championships, three other Stanford rowers represented their countries in the A Finals -- the U.S., Australia and Sweden -- while picking up one fourth-place finish and two fifth-place finishes.

Sophomore Lilly Tinapple competed for her native Australia in the women's eight. With the USA pulling out in front by a comfortable margin and three teams neck-and-neck for the final two medal spots, the final 500 meters was competitive.

Great Britain, which was in second at the 1,500-meter mark, held on to take silver. Tinapple and Australia were half a second ahead of Germany, but the Germans charged and created a near-photo finish.

When all was said and done it was Germany taking bronze by less than a tenth of a second, crossing in 6:12.74. Australia notched fourth place with a time of 6:12.83.

Junior Filippa Karrfelt rowed for Sweden in the women's double sculls. Karrfelt and Sweden ended up fifth with a time of 7:10.38, just over one second back of fourth-place Germany.

Incoming freshman Devin Norder was in the A final of the women's lightweight double sculls event. Competing for the U.S., Norder was in her third race of the regatta after advancing through the heat and semifinal stages. The American boat took fifth overall, but was only 2.5 seconds back of bronze medalist Australia.

Stanford women's rowing was well represented at the U23 World Championships with four individuals competing for three different countries in the regatta.

Earlier in the meet, Stanford lightweight rowers Christine Cavallo and Brittany Presten finished fifth in the lightweight women's quadruple sculls.

Presten sat stroke seat and will enter her junior season on The Farm this fall. Cavallo, the first freshman to be named All-American at Stanford, returns for her sophomore campaign.

— Stanford Athletics

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