Aug. 13, 2007
BEIJING, China - Incoming UCLA freshmen rowers Alaizah Koorji and Elise Wilson helped the U.S. junior women's eight crew capture a bronze medal at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Junior Championships in Beijing, China, on Saturday, August 11.
The United States' boat finished behind second-place Germany and Romania after posting a time of 6 minutes, 30.17 seconds. Romania clocked a time of 6:26.47 to win its eighth gold medal in the event in the last nine years. Germany finished the race in 6:29.07.
The U.S. crew sat in second position, less than one second behind Romania, through the first 1,000 meters. Romania used a strong third quarter of the race to extend its lead, while Germany inched past the U.S. as the crews rowed through the 1,500-meter mark.
Wilson, a native of Montara, Calif., spent four seasons rowing as a student-athlete at St. Ignatius Prep. Last summer, Wilson competed for the U.S. Junior National Team eight, leading the crew to a silver medal-winning finish at the World Championships in Amsterdam. The second-place finish tied the mark for the highest-ever U.S. finish in the girls' eight at the Junior World Championships.
Koorji, a resident of Orinda, Calif., rowed as the coxswain for the Oakland Strokes' top eight crew in high school and competed at the U.S. Rowing Junior Women's National Team development camp.