TOKYO, JAPAN – Incoming Blue Devil freshman Morgan Linsley and Megan Lee competed for the United States of America in the World Rowing Junior Championships at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan, this past weekend.
Linsley, a native of Princeton, N.J., competed in the women’s coxed 4+. In heat number one on Thursday, U.S.A. took second with a time of 7:05.430. The 4+ crew participated in the repechage the next morning, earning third (7:08.500) and giving them lane number one for the final Sunday morning. The American team placed fourth, recording a time 7:26.45, just under two seconds behind third-place Germany.
“Racing at the Junior World Championships was an incredible experience,” said Linsley. “I’m incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to race against crews from so many different countries. Going into the first day of racing was so nerve racking since we had no idea how we stood against these international crews. However, once the heats were completed, we knew that we had some even harder racing ahead when a new worlds best time was set. Coming in fourth in the A final was a hard way to finish our summer, but we had the best race we could have. Being on the team was an experience I will never forget and is something I hope to participate in again on the U23 team in the future.”
Lee, a product of Natick, Mass., competed in the women’s 8+. The only race prior to the final on Sunday afternoon was a test race Friday, a race that the American’s took second in with a time of 6:22.630. The 8+ boat, positioned in lane four, also took fourth-place with a final time of 6:37.930, only five-tenths of a second behind third-place Italy.
“Although fourth-place was not the outcome we had hoped and trained for, the process that I went through to get there was the best experience of my life,” said Lee. “Going through the stress of selection camp, racing four 2ks in one day at club nationals, training in Princeton, and ultimately lining up with a United States uniform on at the junior world championships has taught me so much. We gave 110% into our race and all trusted one another, which at the end of the day, is what we can be proudest of. I’m so excited to take this result and carry it with me each and every day in order to make myself and Duke Rowing the best it can be!”
“It was an honor to fly to Tokyo and see our two incoming freshman tackle the world’s best,” said head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno.” “Both Megan and Morgan raced with guts and fury, and in the end, came up inches short of a medal. You can’t teach that kind of attack and tenacity. It’s also a huge testament to their character to see them dedicating their summers to improve themselves. These two will have an immediate impact on our program.”
Linsley and Lee join recent Blue Devil graduate Isabel Ruby-Hill as Duke athletes to compete at the national level this summer. Ruby-Hill took fourth-place in the women’s 4- for Team Canada at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., on June 28.