Petrik, Reilly Win Gold for Team USA at World Rowing Cup II

Petrik, Reilly Win Gold for Team USA at World Rowing Cup II

POZNAN, Poland - Rhode Island seniors Karen Petrik and Allie Reilly were part of Team USA's gold-medal winning crew in the PR3 mixed four at the World Rowing Cup II in Poznan, Poland Sunday.

Petrik and Reilly - both of whom graduated in the spring after leading the Rams to a second straight Atlantic 10 title - were part of the lone gold-medal boat for USA Sunday. Teaming with Danielle Hansen (Patterson, Calif.), Charley Nordin (Alameda, Calif.) and Todd Vogt (Rochester, N.Y.), the Rhody tandem helped the U.S. boat edge Italy and France for the victory.

Team USA trailed Italy by a slight margin at the 500-meter mark, but managed to pull ahead by the midpoint of the race. Petrik, Reilly and their teammates finished in a time of 7:43.080, holding off Italy (7:45.510) and France (7:47.700).

Earlier in the day, the U.S. boat had won its qualifying heat as well. The Americans had a faster time in the early race, finishing in 7:25.550, four seconds ahead of Italy (7:29.580) and well ahead of the Netherlands (7:59.540) and Poland (8:18.930).

This is the second medal Reilly has earned with Team USA. The North Kingstown native was part of the PR3 mixed four that took the silver medal at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria last September.

Petrik, a native of Glastonbury, Conn., was making her debut as a coxswain for Team USA.

In addition to Reilly and Petrik, Rhode Island head coach Shelagh Donohoe also has multiple world medals to her credit. She was a three-time silver medalist as a rower with Team USA, reaching the podium during the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona (Coxless Fours), the 1991 World Championships in Vienna, Austria (Coxless Fours) and at the 1990 World Championships in Tasmania, Australia (Women's Eight). She also coached Team USA's LTA 4+ boat to the silver medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.