July 13, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount University senior rower Jill Austin will represent the Red, White, and Blue as a member of the 2007 US Rowing National Team. The under-23 team will compete in the World Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland, July 26-29.
Austin raced uncontested in the lightweight double at U23 World Championships Trials in Princeton, N.J. Wednesday. The duo of Austin and Kristen Hedstrom of the University of Wisconsin only had to complete the course to claim the win at trials. But then, each of Wednesday's winning boats had to qualify to race at the U23 World Championships by meeting the USRowing time standard for the event. Austin and Hedstrom raced for the time trial Thursday morning and finished the course in 7:14.453 to beat the time standard and claim their berth on the 2007 U23 National Team.
Austin will now compete in the lightweight double at U23 World Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland, July 26-29.
The lightweight double is an Olympic boat class and the only event in which lightweights compete at the Olympics.
Austin was selected to the double out of 12 attendees at a USRowing Development camp which has been training at Pocock Training Center in Seattle since June. The LMU senior is the first ever member of the Lions' women's rowing team to race for the US National Team.
At LMU, Austin is a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection. She helped the Lions to the 2006 WCC title.
For U23 World Championship Trials results, click here.
For information on the trials, click here.
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For information on the U23 World Championships, click here.