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Congratulations to Felice Mueller and Ashley Kroll for their U-23 World Championship in the pair event. The two Michigan Rowers set a world record in the event while taking the gold medal.
Mueller and Kroll Win Gold at U-23 World Championships in the Pair
July 25, 2010
BREST, Belarus -- University of Michigan rowers Felice Mueller (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Pomfret School, Conn.) and Ashley Kroll (Edmonds, Wash./Kamiak) brought home the gold medal in the pair at the Under-23 World Championships in Brest, Belarus on Saturday (July 24) in record-setting fashion by posting a new Under-23 World best time of 7:14.07, shattering the old record by 0.87 seconds.
Muller and Kroll, who advanced directly to the finals after winning their heat on Thursday (July 22), posted the fastest time in the heats and showed their dominance in the finals. Entering as the top seed the pair had a fast start taking an early 3.5 second lead on the field out of the gates, which they maintained through the first 500 meters.
Entering the 1000-meter mark the Michigan duo continued to pull away from the field and held a 4.60 advantage over second-place Romania. The Romanian pair of Nicoleta Albu and Adelina Cojocariu, the defending Under-23 World Champions, began to make a move at this point, cutting into the American's lead with about 500-meters remaining, but Mueller and Kroll had a spectacular sprint at the end earning the first US gold medal in the pair. The Romanian pair took the silver with a time of 7:14.38 and Germany took the bronze with a time of 7:23.70.
"We were prepped to know Romania was going to move ahead, and when we got to the 500, we noticed that they weren't," said Kroll. "We tried to keep stepping it up. We knew that at 500 to go, they were going to make a move. It was basically a `Hail Mary.' We just rowed as hard as we could for the last 250 (meters). We knew that they were going to move, and they did. It was a really good race. When we crossed the finish line, we honestly didn't know where we were."
The medal gives Kroll her second consecutive medal at the Under-23 World Championships. Last summer she earned a silver medal as a member of the women's eight. This is Mueller's first medal at the Under-23 World Championships.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423
In addition, here's the link to the Michigan Daily story.
“If you think you’re good, or act like you’re the best, it doesn’t do you any good,” Kroll said. “You just have to be humble about it and pull really hard, put your head down and pull as hard as you can.”
After winning the World Championships, both Kroll and Mueller plan to continue rowing.
Kroll will be training with the U.S. National Team in the fall as Mueller will continue rowing and attending classes at Michigan when class starts in September.
While she is proud to race for the National Team, Mueller represents her school with equal fervor.
“I love Michigan so much,” she said. “I always love racing for them.”
Here's Felice Mueller's Road to the World Championships Blog. It looks like she hasn't written anything lately, but I guess she has a good excuse. Still, there are some good insights here on what it takes to be an elite athlete.
I'm certainly looking forward to the moment at an upcoming football game when Felice and Ashley are honored by "All the Michigan Faithful" for their incredible accomplishment.
Congratulations again and Go Blue!