Emily Regan of Buffalo rowed on U.S. crews that captured two bronze medals Sunday in the World Rowing Cup III regatta on the Rotsee in Lucerne Switzerland.
She was in shells that accounted for half of the U.S. medals in the competition. The 30-year-old former Michigan State University athlete and a gold medalist with the U.S. eight in the 2016 Rio Olympics was at the No. 3 oar for one U.S. Four in one final and in the eight in the other. She has been rowing in international competition since 2010.
Regan and her crewmates in a U.S. four finished third behind Australia and Denmark. The Danes led for the first 1,500 meters before the favored Aussies took over and won in 6 minutes, 27.030 seconds. Denmark's time was 6:28.670. The U.S. was in third place after each 500-meter interval and finished in 6:32.808.
Regan rowed in fours with Victoria Opitz, Gia Doonan and stroke Tracy Eisser. All four came back less than an hour later and rowed in the U.S. eight.
New Zealand, leading right from the start, won the women's eights in 6:06.170 with Canada second in 6;08.110 and the U.S. third in 6:09.170 after sitting in fifth place at the 500 meters mark.
The bronze was an encouraging outcome for the Americans.
“The race was really good,"Opitz said. "We haven’t been in this lineup long and six of us double-up today so we’re really happy with the result. We’re looking forward to the World Rowing Championships.”
The World Rowing Championships will be held in Bulgaria from Sept. 9-16.
Germany led Sunday's overall medals count with 4-2-2 for 8. All four medals won by Americans were bronze.
New Zealand, which led with five golds, also led the points standing with 56. The U.S. was seventh with 30 points behind Germany (37), Canada (33), Australia (32), the Netherlands (32) and Poland (32).
The U.S. men's eight was third most of the race but finished fourth behind German, Australia and Netherlands