2013-08-01 / News

Islander rows to world title in Austria


Leigh Archer won the women’s double sculls at the U23 world rowing championships in Austria. She was an All Ivy performer while at Cornell. 
Courtesy/Cornell Athletics Leigh Archer won the women’s double sculls at the U23 world rowing championships in Austria. She was an All Ivy performer while at Cornell. Courtesy/Cornell Athletics At the U23 world rowing championships held last month in Austria, Jamestown resident Leigh Archer was part of the American team that took first place in the women’s double sculls B-final.

The Netherlands was the favorite after they missed qualifying for the A-final by just 0.06 of a second. Surprisingly, though, it was Venezuela who had the fastest start and led early on. But the United States team of Archer and Elizabeth Youngling did a big push and led through the middle of the race. Using a 36-stroke rate pace, the Youngling and Archer team held off a late charge by the Netherlands to win the race.

Archer, who just graduated cum laude from Cornell University, was a standout for the Big Red’s women’s rowing team. A co-captain in her senior year, Archer was twice named CRCA All Mid-Atlantic Region and was also named to the All Ivy League Second Team.

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