PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania’s assistant women’s rowing coach Cassandra Cunningham spent much of the summer coaching Lily Lindsay and Meghan Galloway as they prepared to represent the United States in the women's pairs at the World Rowing Junior Championships.
On August 10 in Hamburg, Germany, Lindsay and Galloway took third in the Championships final, becoming just the second U.S. junior women’s team in history to reach the medal stand.
“These are amazing opportunities for any coach,” said Cunningham, who recently returned to Philadelphia from the Championships. “I am honored and blessed to have been a part of the U.S. Juniors program for the last seven years. The lessons I learn during the summer are invaluable, and the knowledge I gain is what I look forward to bringing back to Penn Women’s Crew.
“Each year you get a different batch of women,” she said. “I just happened to get two women who learned what it was like to be on the national team a year ago, and came back to camp this summer with the goal of winning a medal. They trained on gold-medal time standards all summer.
“We knew the Romanian, Canadian and Italian pairs were all going to be fast,” she continued. “The water was unpredictable all week, and of course on the day of the final it was the worst crosswind we saw. If Megan and Lily had a good first 500 then I knew they could stay in medal contention for the rest of the race. They were powerful, skillful and fit. Romania and Canada just outpowered them, but they stayed crafty in order to hold off Italy. I am super proud of Lily, Meghan, and all the Team USA members.”