Donald Twins Earn Bronze at U-23 World Championships

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The Donalds Write About Their Bronze

BREST, Belarus - Twin sisters Elizabeth Donald and Rebecca Donald, a pair of rising seniors at Penn, took third place in the women's double sculls at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships this past weekend.

Representing the USA, the Donalds held off the Romanian duo to get their medal. Germany and Belarus established themselves early on the way to the gold and silver, respectively. Meanwhile, the Donald sisters took third position off the line, building a three-second advantage on Romania at the midway point of the race. Romania tried to chase down the U.S. over the final 1,000 meters, but the Donalds held on.

Germany won gold in 7:03.47, while Belarus took the silver in 7:08.28.

"We had a bobble in the third 500 and lost some ground on them," Rebecca told following the race. "I looked over a little before the 250 to go, and I told Liz, 'we gotta go.' We started to go, and I called the last 10. We just drove our legs as hard as we could and didn't look out."

The Donalds have already enjoyed stellar careers at Penn as they head into their final year in 2010-11. As freshmen, they were on the Quakers' varsity 8 boat that took fifth place at the EAWRC Sprints -- Penn's best finish at the event since 1982. The boat repeated that feat again this past spring. Individually, Liz has been a first-team all-region pick by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches of America (CRCA) for the last two years, while Rebecca has been a second-team all-region pick all three years.Elizabeth was also a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete in 2008-09.