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]

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