PHILADELPHIA - For the sixth straight year, the United States women's eight is world champion. And once again this year, Penn alum Susan Francia was in the boat to help the U.S. to the title.
The women kept their streak alive with a gold medal at the World Championships which recently concluded in Bled, Slovenia. The women's eight final took place on Friday, Sept. 2.
The women's eight struggled early in Friday's final, and was in fifth place at the quarter mark. However, by the midway point the U.S. was in second, and by the three-quarter mark of the race they were in control. The team's winning time was 6:03.65, ahead of second-place Canada (6:04.39) and third-place Great Britain (6:06.03).
"What an amazing accomplishment forSusan, to win another gold medal," said current Penn head coach Mike Lane. "I can't tell you how proud I am of what she and her teammates have accomplished. Going into an Olympic year, I know all her focus will be to win another Olympic gold! Susan is a great representative of Penn and the rowing program, she comes back to support and share her wisdom with our athletes. Now she will be able to bring back another gold!"
Francia originally found crew at Penn, joining the program as a walk-on. She was a gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the women's eight, and was a double gold medalist in 2009 at the World Championships in Poznan, Poland (women's eight, women's pair).