It was the first international rowing event for Zeeman, and her medal finish marks the first significant women’s sculling victory at a World Championships or Olympic event since 1996, Laurentian announced.
She pulled off a stunning come-from-behind performance in the final 500 metres of the 2000-metre race, powering past competitors from Norway, Latvia and Great Britain to finish in 08:20:76. Germany’s Julia Lier won the event in 08:17.11, while Denmark’s Rikke Quist claimed silver in 08:18:96.
“It was just an excellent performance,” Dr. Amanda Schweinbenz, Laurentian University rowing coach and SPED co-ordinator, said. “This was Carling’s first major international racing experience and all of us who have the pleasure of working with her are thrilled.
“Even the race announcers commented on how impressed they were with her performance because it seemed as though she came out of nowhere to place in the top three.”
“The regatta was an amazing experience for me,” Zeeman said.
A product of Canada’s rowing development program, she was recently named the Laurentian University President’s Athlete of the Year.
In the past 12 months, Zeeman has captured a string of gold medals, including at the women’s U23 single event at the RowOntario Championships; the women’s U23 single at the Royal Canadian Henley; the women’s single at the OUA Championships; the women’s single at the Canadian University Rowing Championships; the women’s U23 single at the National Rowing Championships; and bronze in the senior women’s single at the National Rowing Championships.
She has also been named Rowing Canada Aviron’s Female Sculler of the Year.
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