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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Highlighting a group of six with Virginia rowing ties, class of 2011 graduate Christine Roper (Reading, St. James, Jamaica) and rising junior Susanne Grainger (London, Ontario) won a gold medal with Canada’s women’s eight at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Also earning a medal at the championships was former Cavalier rower and member of the 2010 NCAA Champion squad Inge Janssen. Rowing for The Netherlands in the pair, Janssen won the bronze medal.

Rising senior Martha Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished fifth with the United States’ women’s four and rising junior Kristine O’Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) finished seventh with the United States’ women’s quad.

Rounding out Virginia’s presence at the championships, incoming graduate student Sarah Cowburn finished fourth for Great Britain in the double.

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