SARASOTA-BRADENTON, Fla. – Recent Blue Devil graduate Isabel Ruby-Hill and Team Canada placed fourth at the World Rowing U23 Championships in the women’s 4- in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., Sunday morning.
“Our final was definitely the best race of the week,” Ruby-Hill said. “We knew we had to have a strong first half to stick with the group, and once we got to 1000m and we were still with everyone, it was fun to lay it all out there and see how we would place. Our race was really strong and we all left our everything on the water, and were very happy to have come fourth.”
Ruby-Hill and her Canadian teammates took fourth in heat number one Wednesday with a time of 6:36.310. The next day, Canada captured second in the repechage, clocking a time of 6:47.030, and earned the sixth and final spot for the A Final.
Ruby-Hill and Canada sat in fifth-place after 1000m (03:22.490) and fourth after 1500m (05:04.940) in the A Final this morning. In the final 500 meters, Canada held off Spain for fourth-place, finishing with a final time of 6:42.760.
“We had a really great training environment this summer and everyone in the boat worked really hard,” stated Ruby-Hill. “The four of us are relatively small compared to our competition, so being able to stick with the big guys was a testament to our hard work. We had a lot of fun walking through boats, pushing our boundaries, and trusting each other.”
Ruby-Hill, who graduated this past spring, notched CRCA All-America Honorable Mention honors this past season, as well as All-ACC First Team. The Toronto, Ontario native also earned All-CRCA Conference and All-ACC Second Team recognition her junior year. She was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian team in the 8+ at last year’s World Rowing U23 Championships in Poznan, Poland.