Four days, four races and a lifetime of memories.
Along with a 10th-place finish.
The World Rowing Junior Championships concluded on Sunday in Racice, Czech Republic, for Emmeline Laurence of Greenland, her crew and the U.S. contingent, which finished with a pair of gold medals.
Laurence, an 18-year-old recent Portsmouth High School graduate, and boatmates Bridget O’Callahan, Kathleen Dolan and Delaney Evans finished fourth in Sunday’s “B” final in women’s quadruple sculls for a 10-place finish overall out of the 17 boats that began the competition.
The U.S. sat just behind New Zealand the entire way down the course but could never get through the Kiwis for third in its race. Italy won the race in a 6:47.92, followed by Denmark. The U.S. finished in a 6:55.57.
Switzerland won the “A” final and the gold medal in a time of 6:25.82. Germany was second in 6:26.65 and the Netherlands was third in 6:28.62.
Laurence, a member of Great Bay Rowing, is now bound for Yale University, where she will be a freshman on a nationally-ranked crew team.
Led by gold-medal performances from men’s single sculler Clark Dean and the women’s four, the U.S. delivered a record-setting day on Sunday.
For the first time in history, the U.S. team came away with two gold medals and seven total medals. In addition to the two golds, the U.S. won silver in the men’s four with coxswain, women’s pair, women’s eight and men’s eight, as well as a bronze medal in the women’s four with coxswain.
The seven medals bested the previous record of six set in 2016 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It also was good enough to put the U.S. atop the medal table ahead of Italy and Germany with five.