Sept. 29, 2017
University of Notre Dame alumna rower Ellen Gleadow (`16) helped the Canadian Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Sculls finish fourth at the Rowing World Championship in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, on Friday, September 29.
Gleadow, along with Patricia Mara, Jennifer Casson and Jill Moffatt, performed a furious rally in the final 500 meters of the race to put themselves in medal contention, but were edged in a photo finish for the bronze medal. Canada finished in 6:36.460, just behind China in 6:36.330.
The fourth-place finish is the best international effort for Gleadow with Team Canada. She finished seventh in the BLW2x at the 2016 U-23 world championship and seventh in the LW2x at the 2017 World Cup.
Molly Bruggeman will round out Notre Dame’s alumnae rowers involved in the 2017 World Championship when she takes the bow of the women’s four in the A Final at 11:38 a.m. ET on Saturday, September 30.
The 2017 World Rowing Championships marks the first time the United States is hosting the event since 1994 (Indianapolis). The competition is being held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, as the national teams from across the world look to develop their boats for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.