Former Quaker Wins Second World Rowing Title

MUNICH, Germany–Susan Francia, C’04 G’04, and the United States women’s eight repeated as world champions, Sunday. Francia, a three-time national team member, was also a part of the 2006 championship squad.

The women’s eight included Francia, Caryn Davies, Caroline Lind, Anna Mickelson, Sam Magee, Anna Goodale, Lindsay Shoop, Brett Sickler and coxswain Mary Whipple. The team clocked a 6:17.20 to defeat Romania by 1.13 seconds en route its second consecutive world title.

The crew, which included eight members of last year’s winning boat, got off the line well and established a 0.49-second lead on second-place Canada at the 500-meter mark. At the midway point of the race, Romania began making its charge. The defending Olympic champions clocked the fastest middle 1,000 meters to move from sixth place to the second position at the 1,500-meter mark and trailed the U.S. by just one second heading into the final quarter of the race. The American boat responded, keeping the Romanians at bay and went on to win the gold medal. Romania finished second in a 6:18.33, with Great Britain winning the bronze medal with a time of 6:19.66.

Francia was a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I All-American at the Penn in 2004. Though she did not begin her rowing career until coming to Penn in 2001, Francia was invited to the U.S. National Team Selection Camp while still rowing for the Quakers.