COLUMBUS, Ohio – Margot Shumway, an Ohio State rowing letterwinner in 2001 and 2002, rowed stroke for the U.S. women’s quadruple scull and helped the crew to a fifth-place finish Friday at the 2010 World Rowing Championships in Karapiro, New Zealand.

Shumway and the U.S. team finished in 7:20.82, only 1.01 seconds behind fourth-place Australia. At the 1,000-meter mark, the U.S. squad was in fourth place after recording the top split time of 1:51.79. However, the crew could not maintain the impressive rate with their split time of 1:51.11 at the 1,500-meter point only good for fourth place.

In the opening heat Monday, the boat was third, clocking in with a time of 6:19.62. It was a tough progression with only the top boat from each of the two heats advancing to the A Final. The Ukraine won the heat in 6:16.85, 2.77 seconds ahead of the U.S. squad. With the third-place finish, the U.S. would next row in the repechage Wednesday.

With only the Top 2 finishers in each repechage advancing to the A Final, the U.S. team needed an inspiring performance in order to compete for a medal and they achieved just that. The group won its repechage race in 6:42.77. It was a dominating performance by the Red, White and Blue as they led throughout the entire race and eventually finished ahead of second-place Germany by 4.23 seconds.

Shumway, a Westlake, Ohio, native, also competed in the 2009 World Rowing Championships in the single scull in Poznan, Poland. Shumway definitely has experience in the quad too, taking up the same position (stroke) in her first Olympic appearance in Beijing, China, in 2008. She also raced in the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2009.  

She 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 title.

A number of other firsts, with the assistance of Shumway, occurred during the 2002 campaign. Ohio State achieved its first Top 3 national ranking and the 1V8 became the program’s first boat to qualify for the Grand Final of the NCAA championships.

2010 World Rowing Championships
Karapiro, New Zealand
Oct. 31-Nov. 7

Women’s Quadruple Sculls
Heat 2
1. Ukraine (6:16.85)
2. Australia (6:17.85)
3. United States (6:19.62)
4. China (6:27.31)
5. Canada (6:30.16)

1. United States (6:42.77)
2. Germany (6:47.00)
3. Canada (6:52.21)
4. Switzerland (7:04.29)
5. Russia (7:05.47)

A Final
1. Great Britain (7:12.78)
2. Ukraine (7:14.95)
3. Germany (7:15.26)
4. Australia (7:19.81)
5. United States (7:20.82)
6. New Zealand (7:30.76)