July 16, 2012
TRAKAI, Lithuania -- University of Michigan rower Chrissy Holm (North Oaks, Minn./Hill-Murray) earned a gold medal Sunday (July 15) as a member of the United States team at the 2012 World Under-23 Rowing Championships.
Holm rowed in the U.S. women's eight crew, which won the gold medal race by open water over runner-up Germany and third-place The Netherlands. It appeared to be a close race at the 500-meter mark with Great Britian, which finished fourth, pushing the Americans, but the U.S. picked up the pace and opened its lead to open water by the 1,500-meter point. Holm and her teammates crossed the finish line with a winning time of 6:25.92.
This marks the third straight year that a Michigan rower has earned gold at the Under-23 Championships. Felice Mueller (2009-12) and Ashley Kroll (2007-10) teamed up to win a gold medal in the women's pair in 2010, and Mueller repeated her title in the pair and helped the USA earn bronze in the women's eight last summer.
Holm rowed in the Wolverines' second varsity eight boat as a junior/sophomore in 2012 and helped the crew to a undefeated season that included a Big Ten title and a national championship. Her boat earned Big Ten co-Boat of the Week honors on May 1, and Holm was named Academic All-Big Ten and given a U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award.
This was Holm's first international competition, though she did attend the 2011 U.S. Under-23 selection camp.
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