Sept. 25, 2017
Two University of Notre Dame alumnae rowers began competition at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, in strong fashion on Monday, September 25, 2017.
Ellen Gleadow (‘16) stroked the Canadian lightweight quadruple sculls to a victory in their first heat, finishing in 6:48.940 and automatically advancing to the A Final in the competition. That championship race will take place at 2:00 p.m. ET on Friday.
Molly Bruggeman (‘14) sat the bow on the United States women’s four and helped the boat finish second in its heat (6:35.590). The U.S. W4- advances to the repechage heats on Wednesday starting at 11:25 a.m. ET.
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.
Bruggeman has been active with U.S. Rowing since earning a spot on on the 2012 U-23 team. She finished fourth in the W4 at the 2012 U-23 World Championships, sixth in W4x in 2013, first in the W4- and W8+ in 2014, first in W2- at the 2015 Pan American Games, second in the W4- at the 2016 world championship and competed in the W4- (fourth) and W8+ (third) at the 2017 World Rowing Cup II.
Gleadow competed in the 2016 U-23 world championships in the BLW2x, finishing seventh. She also competed for Rowing Canada in 2017 at the World Cup, finishing seventh in the LW2x.