Aug. 19, 2012
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PLOVDIV, Bulgaria - Incoming freshman Mackenzie Sherman, representing the United States in the Junior Women's Double Sculls (JW2x), earned a sixth place overall finish at the 2012 World Rowing Championships.
Earning a spot in the six-team 'A' Final on Sunday, Sherman and her partner Olivia MacLean completed the 2000m course in 7:35.94. They were narrowly edged out of fifth place by France, which led the field for the first 1000m before falling back into the pack.
Lithuania palced first in a time of 7:18.80, followed by Romania in second (7:23.47), Germany in third (7:24.52) and Hungary in fourth (7:30.43).
In the second of two semifinals heats on Saturday, Sherman and MacLean raced to a third-place finish, edging out fourth-place Poland by .14 seconds. Lithuania took first in the heat in 7:13.30, Germany was second in 7:16.61 and the USA took third in 7:20.73.
Sherman and MacLean earned a spot in Saturday's semifinals after placing second against Serbia, France, Great Britain, Ukraine and Switzerland in the qualifying heats.
Sherman and MacLean got off to a quick start, holding the lead at the 500m split (1:43.57) just ahead of France. The two boats remained one-two through the 1500m split before France edged the United States in the final 500m to take first in the head at 7:22.72. Sherman and MacLean took second in 7:26.12.