COLUMBUS, Ohio – Margot Shumway, an Ohio State rowing letterwinner in 2001 and 2002, concluded action at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, Friday with a C Final victory in the women’s single sculls (W1x).
In Shumway’s second trip to the World Rowing championships, she finished 3.77 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Tale Gjoertz of Norway. Shumway clocked in at 8:26.17. Overall, the Westlake, Ohio, native finished 13th in the event. Shumway remained in first place throughout the final race, leading by as much as 2.66 seconds in the final 1,500 meters.
In Shumway’s two previous races, she finished sixth (7:46.69) and fourth (8:17.06), respectively.
Last year, Shumway rowed stroke for the women’s quadruple sculls in her first Olympic appearance in Beijing, China, and raced in the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Shumway began her rowing career at Ohio State as a walk-on to the novice team in 2001. During the spring of 2001, she was promoted to the First Varsity Four at the NCAA championships in Georgia. The following season, Shumway raced in both the First and Second Varsity Eights and was instrumental in helping the 2V8 and the team win their first Big Ten Conference titles.
A number of other firsts, with the assistance of Shumway, occurred during the 2002 campaign. Ohio State achieved its first-ever Top 3 national ranking and the 1V8 became the program’s first boat to qualify for the Grand Final of the NCAA championships