Donald Twins Win Double Sculls at U-23 Trials

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PHILADELPHIA - For the second straight summer, the twin duo of Elizabeth Donald and Rebecca Donald has made its mark on the national scene in women's rowing.

Last year, it was a pair of titles at the USRowing Club Nationals. This past weekend, it was the Donalds' championship row in double sculls at the under-23 World Championships Trials on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. As a result, the Donalds will represent the United States at the 2010 World Rowing Under-23 Championships, to be held July 22-25 in Brest, Belarus.

The Donald twins clocked a time of 7:16.729 in the 2,000-meter race, followed by USRowing U23 Selection Camp's Victoria Opitz and Hilary Andrus in 7:24.086.

"They really did a great job," said Penn head coach Mike Lane. "It was very clear watching them race that they were going to settle for no less then a chance to represent the US this summer.

"I am very proud of the hard work they have put in to accomplish this goal," he continued. "This is great not only for them but for Penn Rowing, as they will come back in the fall with a great experience that they can share with the rest of our program. I wish them the best of luck in three weeks!"

The twins -- who will be seniors at Penn this year -- have been mainstays in Penn's varsity eight, having raced in that boat since arriving on campus three years ago, and Elizabeth will be a captain for the second year in a row in 2010-11. They have helped the varsity eight finish fifth at EAWRC Sprints two of the last three years; prior to their arrival on campus, the last time Penn made the grand final was 1991 and the last time the Quakers finished fifth or better was 1982.

Elizabeth is a two-time first-team all-region selection by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), while Rebecca has been a second-team all-region selection each of her three years at Penn.