Video of the Week: Canadian Women's Eight Takes Gold in Munich, FISA Interviews Brzozowicz
The Canadian women laid down a marker in Munich over the weekend, with the U.S. women's eight absent and currently in the process of reshuffling/reloading on home waters for the June 22nd naming date, when the USA men's and women's quads will also be announced, and the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team for London will be complete. The Canadian lineup in Munich featured Princeton grad Lauren Wilkinson (winner of the 2011 RoRy for Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year), another Princeton alum in 2006 grad Andréanne Morin (training for her third Olympics), two-time Big 10 champ with Michigan (and Beijing Olympian in the Canadian W4x), Janine Hanson, Syracuse alum Natalie Mastracci, and 2004 NCAA runner up with Yale, Ashley Brzozowicz, who raced in the CAN W8+ in Beijing along with Morin, and who was recently interviewed by World Rowing, in the video posted above.
The stage is set for a cracker of a final in London, with what will likely be a new-look U.S. crew (with standouts Elle Logan and Erin Cafaro–silver medalists in the W2- at the first two world cups this summer–back in the eight to defend their Olympic title from Beijing) taking on a deep field, as the Dutch, Romanians, Australians, and Brits will all be vying for podium finishes. More to come on these match-ups once the U.S. crews have been announced, and the field that will line up in the starting blocks on Dorney Lake becomes clear.
For more information about the Canadian results in Munich, click here.