July 16, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio Emily Walsh, an Ohio State rowing letterwinner who concluded her final year with the Buckeyes in May, won the gold medal with the U.S. Women’s Eight (W8+) at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships Sunday in Trakai, Lithuania.

The United States outdistanced runner-up Germany (6:30.47) by 4.55 seconds, crossing the finish line in 6:25.92. The Netherlands clocked in at 6:31.42 to round out the Top 3. Great Britain was fourth, finishing in a time of 6:32.54, while Belarus was fifth (6:50.37).

The U.S. held the lead throughout the race despite pushes from a Great Britain team that was in second place until the final 500 meters. After the first 500 meters, only .26 seconds separated the U.S. and Great Britain. However, the U.S. slowly began to pull away the next 1000 meters and by the 1500-meter mark was leading Great Britain by 4.54 seconds.

Walsh and the U.S. crew were the top finishers in the preliminary race as well, finishing in 6:28.46. Germany was once again second with a time of 6:33.41, while Great Britain finished third (6:33.61).

Walsh, an exercise science education major, earned Second Team All-America honors this past spring. Walsh’s All-America laurels complement her CRCA First-Team All-Central Region honor, as well as her First Team All-Big Ten award. During the 2012 season, Walsh rowed in the First Varsity Eight boat that received Big Ten Boat of the Week recognition April 10. A CRCA Scholar-Athlete, Walsh also is an Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar Athlete.

2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
July 11-15
Trakai, Lithuania

Women’s Eight (W8+) – Final
1. United States – 6:25.92
2. Germany – 6:30.47
3. Netherlands – 6:31.42
4. Great Britain – 6:32.54
5. Belarus – 6:50.37

Women’s Eight (W8+) – Preliminary
1. United States – 6:28.46
2. Germany – 6:33.41
3. Great Britain – 6:33.61
4. Netherlands – 6:36.37
5. Belarus – 6:49.70