POZNAN, Poland – Rising sophomores Alessandra Montesano and Ida Petersen represented the Ohio State women’s rowing team on the international stage at the U23 World Rowing Championships this weekend in Poznan, Poland.
Montesano, rowing for Italy, finished the weekend with a bronze medal in the women’s double sculls A Final as the stroke and partner Valentina Iseppi in the bow position. The pair started out the final in fourth, but moved up to third halfway through the race and held on to finish at 6:49.170. In a tight competition, the Italian team was just two seconds behind first-place Great Britain.
The duo of Montesano and Iseppi won their preliminary heat, clocking in at 7:25.360, three seconds ahead of second-place Australia. In the semifinal, the Italians claimed second in the A/B race, securing a spot in the A Final where they would ultimately win the bronze medal. The pair added to Italy’s 12 medals in total, the most of any country at the event.
Petersen rowed with Denmark as part of the women’s four in the bow position, winning the B Final with a time of 6:33.960 to place seventh overall. The quartet led for the entire race, clocking in two seconds ahead of second-place Greece.
The quartet began with a fourth-place finish in the first heat for the women’s fours, and later placed third in the first repechage to earn a spot in the B Final.
Both Montesano and Petersen were members of the First Varsity Eight during the 2017-18 season, helping the boat to a Big Ten Championship and Ohio State’s sixth-straight team conference championship. The boat finished sixth in the nation at NCAA Championships with a 9-4 record in races and 38-9 overall record. The two will return to campus for the 2018-19 season as sophomores.