Lucy Stephan has been building to this regatta. Now she has a world championships medal.
The former Ballarat Grammar rower and her Australian crew of Hannah Vermeersch, Alexandra Hagan and Charlotte Sutherland captured bronze in women’s four final of the World Rowing Championships in Korea yesterday.
It backs up the gold they won together in the same event last month in the under-23 world championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.
Racing was tough.
The Aussies served up a strong challenge to a Canadian boat that featured London Olympic silver medallists on the water in Chungju.
Australia crossed the line in six minutes, 49.26 seconds about two seconds behind the Canadians.
The United States became a clear winner by the 1000-metre mark, clocking a time of 6:43.15.
All four in the Australian crew will be back on the water tomorrow to contest the women’s eight final.
Stephan, who was a member of Grammar’s winning Head of the Lake crew in 2009, was also a member of the Australian senior eights at the World Cup in Sydney that won gold in March and silver in World Cup racing in Lucerne, Switzerland in July.
Former Grammar oarsman Tom Swann will row in the B-Final for the men’s double scull.
Swann and crewmate Alexander Belonogoff finished sixth and last in semi-final yesterday afternoon.
Their time of 6:41.79 was more than 11 seconds off the pace of the winning Lithuanian crew.
The Australian pairing fought for its spot in the semi-final by placing third in their repechage on Wednesday.