SARASOTA, Fla. — University of Iowa junior rower Hunter Koenigsfeld earned a bronze medal in the Women’s Four at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida, on Sunday. The third-place finish is Koenigsfeld’s first medal in international competition.
Koenigsfeld, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, helped guide Team USA to a third-place finish with a time of 6:39.89 behind Great Britain (1st, 6:34.22) and Ireland (2nd, 6:35.68).
After falling to fifth place after the first 1,000 meters, Koenigsfeld and her team battled back to overtake Spain for third place at the halfway point. In the final 500 meters, Team USA separated itself from the rest of the pack to secure a third-place finish.
Koenigsfeld was named a Collegiate Rowers Coaches Association (CRCA) second-team All-American in 2019 after helping Iowa’s I Varsity Eight to its highest national finish in program history, placing ninth at the NCAA Rowing Championships.
In addition, junior Eve Stewart, rowing for Team Netherlands, place fifth in the final of the Women’s Pair on Saturday.
For complete results of the U23 World Rowing Championships, head to worldrowing.com.