Chloe Brew Helps Great Britain Capture U23 Silver Medal

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    Aug. 31, 2016

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- USC women's rowing sophomore Chloe Brew helped Great Britain's women's eight capture silver medals at the recently-completed U23 World Championships on Friday, Aug. 26. Brew was one of four Trojans competing at the U23 championships. Outside of the Olympics, the World Championship regatta is considered the penultimate rowing event of the summer.

    Brew (Plymouth, United Kingdom/Gloucester Hartpury College) represented Great Britain in the country's women's eight eight; sophomore starboard Radka Novotnikova (Brno, Czech Republic/Brno University of Technology) rowed in the Czech Republic eight; incoming freshman Katarzyna Pilch (Krakow, Poland) rowed in the four for Poland and fellow freshman Astrid Steensberg (Soroe, Denmark) stroked a double for Denmark.

    Great Britain finished second to USA (6:36.900) in the final with a time of 6:44.060. Brew and her crew edged out Russia, which finished at 6:45.500, and New Zealand, which came in fourth at 6:45.810. Australia took fifth (6:52.550) and Germany was sixth (6:54.510). Great Britain also finished second to USA in initial heats. The U.S. took first with a time of 6:20.860 and went directly into the final. Great Britain finished at 6:25.880 but returned to win the repechage with a time of 6:18.800. Novotnikova and the Czech Republic crew took eighth place overall with a second-place finish in the B final (6:30.210).

    Sitting in the bow set, Pilch and the Polish four raced in the B final and finished third there with a time of 7:00.340. Steensberg and her partner Emma Kiehn advanced to the women's double sculls A final and took sixth place with a time of 7:43.020.

    In addition to the Trojan foursome that competed at the world championships, All-American alumna Anna Wierzbowska and her sister Maria competed in their first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as representatives of their native Poland. The sisters advanced to the A/B semifinal and then into the B Final where they finished fourth; 10th place overall.

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