2013 World Rowing Championships under way in Chungju, South Korea

The American team of Amanda Polk, Kerry Simmonds, Emily Regan, Lauren Schmetterling, Grace Luczak, Caroline Lind, Victoria Opitz, Heidi Robbins,  and coxswain Katelin Snyder

once again posted the best time during the heats finishing in 6:03.19. The finals will be held on Sunday September 1st at 15:48 local time or 2:48am EDT. We wish them all the best.

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Women World Rowing Best Times [2013,Wikepedia]

Boat Time Crew Nation Year Meet Location Ref
W1x Single sculls 7:07.71 Rumyana Neykova Bulgaria Bulgaria 2002 Seville, Spain
W2- Coxless pairs 6:53.80 Georgeta Andrunache Viorica Susanu Romania Romania 1999 Lucerne, Switzerland
W2x Double sculls 6:38.78 Georgina Evers-Swindell Caroline Evers-Swindell New Zealand New Zealand 2002 Seville, Spain
W4- Coxless four 6:25.35 Kate Hornsey Amber Bradley Jo Lutz Robyn Selby Smith Australia Australia 2006 Eton, England
W4x Quad sculls 6:09.38 Julia Richter Carina Baer Tina Manker Stephanie Schiller Germany Germany 2012 Lucerne, Switzerland
W8+ Eight 5:54.16 Amanda Polk Kerry Simmonds Emily Regan Lauren Schmetterling Grace Luczak Caroline Lind Victoria Opitz Heidi Robbins Katelin Snyder (coxswain) United States United States 2013 Lucerne, Switzerland [3]
LW1x Lightweight single sculls 7:28.15 Constanţa Burcică Romania Romania 1994 Paris, France
LW2- Lightweight coxless pairs 7:18.32 Eliza Blair Justine Joyce Australia Australia 1997 Lac d’Aiguebelette, France
LW2x Lightweight double sculls 6:49.43 Louise Ayling Julia Edward New Zealand New Zealand 2012 Lucerne, Switzerland
LW4x Lightweight quadruple sculls 6:23.96 Liu Jing Fan Xuefei Chen Haixia Yu Hua (rower) China China 2006 Eton, England

US Women’s 8+ Post New World Best Time: 5:54.16

It may be old news by now, but these things tend to stay put for a while:
5:54.16 is the world best time ever by a women’s 8+. That was the result achieved on July 14, 2013 at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup held in Lucerne Switzerland.

The U.S. women’s eight set the stage in Saturday’s race for lanes, winning by 7.2 seconds over the field. Then in the final, coxswain Katelin Snyder (Detroit, Mich.), Heidi Robbins (Hanover, N.H.), Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.), Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.), Grace Luczak (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Lauren Schmetterling (Moorestown, N.J.), Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.), Kerry Simmonds (San Diego, Calif.) and Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took the lead off the start, and continued to take seats through the 500-mark before gaining open water on Canada and Romania at the halfway point.

“I knew that we were 2:55 or so at the thousand, and that was on pace, so we just tried to shift the focus internally and it worked,” said Snyder, who coxed the U.S. to a gold medal in 2009.

The United States had a clear lead coming into the finish area, and won the race by 6.2 seconds, beating the previous world best time of 5:54.17, set by the U.S. in Lucerne last year, by one-hundredth of a second. Romania took silver in 6:00.42, with Canada bronze in 6:01.61.

“This feels absolutely incredible,” said Robbins, stroke seat and 2013 Princeton University graduate. “It’s so neat to be racing here in Switzerland; it’s a dream come true. To do this is just phenomenal.

“It was very much internal from the beginning. I didn’t even see the crews next to me. Then Katelin made a call at the thousand with our time, and I just thought ‘it’s go time, just do it and see what you can do.’”

Lind is the only rower to return from the London crew that won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. The rest of the lineup includes a mix of under 23 champions and recent training center athletes.

“For two girls, it’s their first international experience and there is just a lot of really positive energy,” said Snyder. “It’s fun to practice, and it’s even more fun to race. The dynamic on the team is really great, and I’m just excited to be part of it again.” [Source:US Rowing]