Lofgren (far right) and her boatmates celebrate their world championship (photo courtesy Esther Lofgren/USRowing).
Former Radcliffe All-American Esther Lofgren ’08-09 captured a world championship as a member of the United States women’s eight in the World Rowing Championships last week in Karapiro, New Zealand, where two former Harvard rowers also competed.
Lofgren and her teammates finished 3.7 seconds ahead of the field in the women’s final. The margin was less than two seconds at the race’s midway point before the Americans took full control in the third 500 meters. They stretched the margin to nearly four seconds in that stretch, and runner-up Canada could not get much closer in the final 500. The U.S. boat finished in 6:12.42, while bronze-winning Romania was nearly three seconds back of the Canadians in 6:18.96.
The U.S. women needed only one race to reach the final, avoiding the repechage by winning their heat in 6:00.52, nearly five seconds ahead of second-place Great Britain.
Henrik Rummel ’09 and the U.S. men’s four also qualified for the A final, placing fifth. The Americans finished the final in 6:55.94. They held fifth place, ahead of Italy, throughout the race and defeated the Italians by more than five seconds. France won the world title in 6:45.38, while Greece and New Zealand finished within three seconds of the French to claim silver and bronze, respectively.
The U.S. men’s four posted strong performances throughout the regatta, placing second in its heat and winning its repechage.
Malcolm Howard ’05 raced for Canada in the men’s single, finishing fifth in the C final in 7:22.19. He placed fifth in his heat and fourth in his repechage. Howard then earned a runner-up finish in the C/D semifinals to claim a berth in the third-level final.