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Aug. 29, 2006

ETON, England – Former University of Virginia rower Lindsay Shoop (2002-04) won a gold medal for the U.S. in the women’s eight at the World Championships over the weekend.

The Americans’ world record time of 5:55.50 beat out Germany (5:57.29). The Charlottesville native was a two-time All-American while at UVa. Shoop helped the Cavaliers to four straight ACC Championships.

Senior All-American Melanie Kok (Catharines, Ontario) raced for Canada in the lightweight quad. The defending gold medalists finished sixth (6:46.38) as China captured the gold (6:23.96). A 2006 first-team All-South Region and All-ACC honoree, Kok helped the UVa varsity eight to the 2006 ACC championship.

Virginia opens its fall slate on October 22 at the Head of the Charles in Boston.


Lightweight Women’s Quad: 1. China (6:23.96); 2. Denmark (6:28.16); 3. Great Britain (6:30.02); 4. Germany (6:39.23); 5. USA (6:40.86); 6. Canada [Jennifer Hodgsen, amber Cuthbertson, Sheryl Preston, Melanie Kok] (6:46.38).

Women’s Eight: 1. USA [cox-Brett Sickler, Megan Cooke, Anna Goodale, Lindsay Shoop, Anna Mickelson, Susan Francia, Carolina Lind, Caryn Davies, Mary Whipple] (5:55.50); 2. Germany (5:57.29); 3. Australia (6:00.29); 4. China (6:01.01); 5. Canada (6:03.32); 6. Romania (6:08.23).

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