Cincinnati Duo Takes First In Pairs Event
Philadelphia, Pa., June 1, 2013 - The University of Cincinnati (UC) took gold in this year’s women’s pair event at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, which celebrated its 75th anniversary. This year’s victory had been anticipated a year before when they took silver in the same race. A long sought-after victory in the largest collegiate regatta in North America by pair partners Kristi Young and Sophie Kinkle, capped a magical collegiate career for the two seniors.
“We’ve been partners in rowing whether as a tandem in an eight or an actual pair since we both started rowing together,” said Kinkle who is studying Biomedical Engineering. “So we row really well together and we connect really well. We’ve both improved our erg times tremendously since last year, although I don’t know if we ever necessarily thought we were going to win gold.”
Despite having no prior rowing experience or exposure to the sport prior to their arrival freshman year at UC, both girls decided to try out for the team. It was 2009 and the women’s team was only able to field enough novices for one rowing shell of eight. Quick to progress in the sport, the duo was often the stern pair, seats that are generally saved for rowers with superior skills. Throughout their freshmen year others dropped off the team, but Young and Kinkle stayed on to become varsity members.
By their junior year the duo had rowed together in a pair during summer training. Their initial purpose was to gain strong technical training, but it wasn’t until their junior spring that they began racing in a pair. Once again plagued with a lack of female rowers, their coach at the time surprised them by announcing two weeks before the 2012 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, that they would be competing in the women’s pair.
“I love rowing pairs. It’s a totally different feeling to just know it’s all you- you’re completely in control of everything,” said Young, who is studying Industrial Management.”
The girls made it to the 2012 grand finals but came up just short of winning a coveted Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta gold medal against the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass). The western Massachusetts team took the gold with a finishing time of 8:21.086 compared to UC’s 8:24.021. A devastating blow, the two decided to keep at it in their fourth year at UC.
In their senior year UC’s women’s team was taken over by a new coach Bianca Reisdorf, better known as Bibi by the team. A former rower and assistant coach from the University of Oxford, she brought her veteran experience to a struggling team.
“Overall she is just a really intense coach. She definitely took the program to the next level,” said Young.
Going into the 2013 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta the duo planned to keep an eye on UMass. Although the Massachusetts team finished second in their qualifying heats, they were unable to advance to the Grand Finals after finishing in fourth place in the semi-finals. Instead, UC’s biggest competition in the grand finals was Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). UC won gold in a time of 07:43.740 with Penn State trailing behind at 07:51.656.
Although the duo have both completed their fourth year at UC, they are both in five year programs at the school. Due to NCAA eligibility rules, the athletes are ineligible to be a part of the UC undergraduate rowing program in their fifth and final year at the university.
They are hoping to remain as social or coaching members of the team, but will continue to race this summer with the Cincinnati Rowing Club, with the goal of attending the USRowing Club National Championships. The two believe they have a good chance at qualifying, since they took bronze in the women’s pair at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships on May 26, 2013.
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Content reviewed and published: 6/5/2013 7:05:43 PM
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