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Local Rower Helps U.S. Juniors Win Bronze

NORWALK, Conn. – Another rower from the Norwalk-based Connecticut Boat Club headed home with a medal from the World Junior Championships Sunday when Deirdre Fitzpatrick helped the United States finish third in the women's 8.

The bronze medal capped a terrific meet for U.S. rowers, and the Norwalk club in particular. On Saturday, Lucy Grinalds won a gold medal in the women's 4. Germany won the Women's Eight, followed by Romania.

The men's quadruple sculls crew, which included New Canaan crew member Jonathon Row, finished fourth in the B final. The top four crews were within three seconds of each other entering the final quarter of the race. Germany won with a time of 6:09.88, with Australia and the Czech Republic finishing second and third. The U.S. took fourth in a 6:13.39.

Wilton's Guenther Beutter, one of the coaches for the U.S. team, praised the team's performance at the world meet. "The group performed at its best," Beutter said. "I think they couldn't have performed better than they did here. They were ready, and they were going for it. We just have to try to identify more and more sculling to continue the trend.

"I think the program itself is on the right track," he said. "The athletes were awesome. Everyone was on top of their game, and they deserved the places they came in. Even today in the strong crosswind, they performed well."

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