LINZ, AUSTRIA – Coco Schoeller (West Palm Beach, FL), a rising junior on the Brown women's crew team, contributed to an impressive performance by the United States' U23 varsity eight on Sunday, as the boat earned a gold medal at the 2013 World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria.
"It was amazing," Schoeller told USRowing. "I don't have words to describe what this feels like. Kendall [Schmidt, the boat's coxswain] did a phenomenal job. We put in so many meters and we, as a boat, trust each other so much. Right off the line, we knew to believe in our base."
The United States' U23 varsity eight boat was first off the line, building a three second advantage over the rest of the field by the 1000-meter mark. The crew was challenged down the stretch, but held tight to its lead, crossing the finish line in a time of 6:16.81The boat from Great Britain earned the silver medal, finishing in 6:19.15, while Germany claimed the bronze medal with a time of 6:21.61.
Schoeller earned her spot on the U23 National Team based on her performances during the Selection Camp held in June. Twenty-six of the most elite collegiate rowers in the country battled it out for a seat in the boat, and then banded together to prove that they are the best in the world.
Women's Varsity Eight Results
1. USA – 6:16.81
2. Great Britain – 6:19.15
3. Germany – 6:21.61
4. Austria – 6:28.84
5. Canada – 6:30.56
6. Netherlands – 6:31.39
Photo courtesy of USRowing.