Sequim’s Elise Beuke, already coming off a spectacular rowing season, helped the United States’ women’s U23 eight boat take second place at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, held July 19-23.
Beuke, a member of the University of Washington’s NCAA national championship crew team and an All-American rower, joined Huskies teammate Jessica Thoennes as well as rowers from Stanford, California, Wisconsin, Princeton and Texas.
The U.S. squad held the lead at the halfway point but fell back of eventual champion Canada soon after and had to hold off the charging Russian team for the silver medal.
See a video of the finals at www.worldrowing.com; the women’s eight boat finals starts at 2:39:40 of the video.
Beuke already has collected a number of rowing accolades. She was named a first-team All American by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association a few weeks after her eight-woman boat was one of three UW boats to combine for a national championship. All three UW boats won their national championship races, an unprecedented feat for any university.
Beuke graduated from Sequim High School in 2015.
That summer she won a silver medal at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships and finished seventh in the World Junior Rowing Championships in Brazil.