Mueller and Regan Medal Twice at World Rowing Cup I
By Maeve Berry • May 12, 2019
Of the five U.S. crews racing in today’s finals at World Rowing Cup I in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, one four and one pair came away with medals, and Felice Mueller (Cleveland, Ohio) and Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.) were part of both crews.
In the women’s four final, Mueller and Regan were joined by Gia Doonan (Rochester, Mass.) and Kristine O’Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.). After getting off the line in fourth, the crew pushed past teammates Molly Bruggeman (Dayton, Ohio), Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.), Brooke Mooney (Peru, Vt.) and Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.) in the second 500 meters. After crossing halfway, the crew overtook China and held its second-place position behind The Netherlands to the finish. Mueller, Regan, Doonan and O’Brien clocked a 6:45.93, while The Netherlands won the event in 6:42.82.
Bruggeman, Opitz, Mooney and Musnicki remained solidly in fourth, crossing the line in 6:53.82 behind China’s 6:48.02. The remaining U.S. four of Olivia Coffey (Watkins Glen, N.Y.), Emily Huelskamp (Sainte Genevieve, Mo.), Madeleine Wanamaker (Neenah, Wis.) and Erin Reelick (Brookfield, Conn.) raced in fifth through the entire final, clocking a 7:05.73.
In the final of the women’s pair, Mueller and Regan got off the line in fourth position before moving into second place during the middle 1,000 meters. They held onto second until the final stretch before being chased down by China’s first pair. The Americans came in right behind China’s 7:23.31, finishing third in a 7:23.56. The Netherlands came out on top, crossing the line in a 7:22.70.
Behind Mueller and Regan was China’s second pair, which finished fourth in a 7:23.68. The U.S. crew of Wanamaker and Reelick began the race in third but fell to fifth in the second half. They clocked a 7:25.75.
The remaining U.S. pairs dominated the B final for places 7-12. Mooney and Musnicki raced in first place from start to finish, crossing the line in 7:17.36. Coffey and Huelskamp moved up from fifth to second, powering through crews from Poland, Romania and Hungary in the middle of the race to take finish in a 7:21.76, about a second ahead of third-place Poland.
All results of today’s racing can be found at World Rowing’s website.
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Photos courtesy of Merijn Soeters Fotografie