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Canadian women's eights rowing team wins World Cup in Switzerland

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According to the BBC on Sunday, Canada won the gold medal in a women's World Cup rowing competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Canadians posted a time of 6:10.53. Romania was second with a time of 6:14.50 followed by Great Britain with a time of 6:14.74.

According to Paula Nichols of www.olympic.ca, the Canadian eights team included Ashley Brzozowicz of Toronto, Ontario; Rosanne Deboef of Victoria, British Columbia; Susanne Grainger of London, Ontario; Natalie Mastracci of Welland, Ontario; Cristy Nurse of Georgetown, Ontario; Lisa Roman of Langley, British Columbia; Christine Roper of Victoria, British Columbia; and Lauren Wilkinson of Vancouver, British Columbia. The team's coxswain was Lesley Thompson-Willie of Toronto.

Also on Sunday, Canada won the silver medal in the women's quadruple sculls competition. The team of Emily Cameron of Summerside, Prince Edward Island; Kate Goodfellow of Perth, Ontario; Antje Seydlitz-Kurzbach of Smithers, British Columbia and Carling Zeeman of Cambridge, Ontario placed second behind Germany with a time of 6:28.48. Cameron, Goodfellow, Seydlitz-Kurzbach and Zeeman won the silver medal in the women's quadruple sculls at the 2013 World Rowing Championship in Chungju, South Korea. New Zealand won bronze.

In the women's lightweight double sculls, Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee of Victoria, British Columbia won the bronze medal on Sunday. It was a remarkable comeback for Jennerich and Obee as they were last after 500m. Great Britain won gold and Australia won silver.

Finally in the men's fours, Will Crothers and Rob Kingston of Kingston, Ontario; Kai Langerfeld of Parskville, British Columbia and Conlin McCabe of Brockville, Ontario won bronze. Great Britain won gold and the Netherlands won silver.

Canada has now won eight medals at the three World Cups this year. On March 30 in Sydney, Australia, Mastracci and Grainger finished second behind gold medal winning New Zealand and silver medal winning China at a World Cup. From June 20-22 in Lac d'Aiguebelette, France, Canada won bronze in the men's quadruple sculls, silver in the women's fours and silver in the women's eights.

The eight medals are significant because they come two years prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Canada won two silver medals in rowing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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