Islander rows to world title in Austria
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.