Florida Tech Panther’s Lightweight Quad Places Eighth At U23 World Championships
By Florida Tech // July 25, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech’s Alex Coultrup and her women’s lightweight quadruple scull from the United States finished second in Saturday’s ‘B’ Final at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The crew’s time of 7:02.430 was two seconds off first-place Austria and one second ahead of third-place Hungary.
By finishing second in the ‘B’ Final, the U.S. placed eighth overall at the championships.
Coultrup, a rising senior majoring in communication from Huntington Beach, California, rowed in the bow seat. She was joined by three rowers, all from the NCAA Division I level: two-seat Olivia Jamrog from Michigan State, three-seat Gabriela Purman from Wisconsin and stroke Bridget Konttinen from Cal.
Italy won the ‘A’ Final of the lightweight quad by 3.5 seconds with a time of 6:49.590. France narrowly beat Germany by 25-hundredths of a second for second place at 6:53.070.
Great Britain grabbed fourth at 6:56.080, Switzerland took fifth at 7:00.310 and Denmark was sixth at 7:12.330.
The ‘B’ Final signaled the end of the championships for Coultrup’s crew.
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Coultrup is one of three rowers with FIT ties, who are racing this summer on the world stage. Former men’s rowers and alumni Taylor Brown ’09 and Chris Lambert ’08 will race for the U.S. at the World Rowing Championships from Aug. 30-Sept. 6 in Aiguebelette, France.
Brown will compete in the men’s coxed pair and Lambert will compete in the lightweight men’s eight.