Fourteen New York AC rowers competed at the 2015 Rowing World Championships in Aiguebelette, France.
The pre-Olympic year World Championships is the most competitive worlds of the cycle, the race where the majority of Olympic berths are determined. Not only is the normal pressure on to try to win medals, but even in the B finals, the placing might determine whether a country at large will earn a spot for Rio. The racing is hard and the pressure is high. Several U.S. boats dealt with some version of illness as well and at this level, just a second or two from top form can be the difference between the medal stand, the B final, or even qualification for Rio.
The women's quad and Megan Kalmoe struck gold, a first in this event for the United States and what was just a flat out terrific race and exciting final, taking the race away from the favorites from Germany. Megan was also voted the USRowing female athlete of the year for the second year in a row.
The women's eight with Meghan Musnicki, Amanda Polk, and Kerry Simmonds on board also won gold, in the kind of race their fans prefer - boring and methodical, with the USA out in front for the last 1500 meters. This is the 10th Olympic and Worlds title in a row for the United States, a truly amazing accomplishment for any team in any sport across history.
Kristine O'Brien made her first worlds team and came home with a gold medal in the women's four event, which also completed a clean sweep by the United States in the women's open weight big boats.
Eleanor Logan and her partner took bronze in the women's pair. In aggregate, this group of United States training center women are setting the standard across all Olympic sports and are the premier women's rowing program in the world right now.
In the women's double, Meghan O'Leary and Ellen Tomek battled through a tough week for an 11th place and the final Olympic qualification spot in their event.
In the men's four, Charles Cole had to be subbed out in the semi due to illness. His boat was a medal favorite going into the event, having won a world cup stop earlier this summer, but found themselves in the B final. Nonetheless, they put together a gutsy performance to win and qualify for Rio.
Edward King and Anthony Fahden in the lightweight men's four started a bit slowly and missed the A final. They came through brilliantly to win the B final and take 7th place overall and qualify for Rio, beating perennial A finalists China and Great Britain in the process. This event is another with a deep and highly competitive field but our men are have shown they have the speed to compete with the best.
Jack Carlson and long time club rower now national teamer Tobin McGee also had a great final and took home a bronze, just missing out on silver in a very tight race.
Robin Prendes and his partner came fifth in the lightweight men's pair, another strong finish in a fast event.
We are very proud of all our elite NYAC athletes and wish them the best of luck as they prepare for Rio.