By Nick Gandy
Of the 30 teams receiving medals following 'A' Finals races Saturday at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota/Bradenton, only two U.S. teams earned the right to step to the medals platform.
One of those teams, the silver medal winning duo in the Women’s Lightweight Pair Event, Emily Molins and Sarah Maietta, is coached by Tampa native Molly Hamrick.
Besides being a member of the USRowing staff, Hamrick, a graduate of Plant High School, has been on the coaching staff at Princeton University for the last two years and recently accepted a position at Stanford University. She will move to the West Coast in August.
She was a member of the Princeton University Rowing team that won the 2011 NCAA Women’s National Championship and was two-time All-Ivy League First Team selection as well as a Regional All American.
“It has been an honor to be here in the colors of the United States, in my own backyard, with my parents here watching,” Hamrick said of her most recent visit to Nathan Benderson Park.
To win the silver medal in the Lightweight Pairs event, Molins and Maietta had a strong finish, sprinting from third to second place in the final 500 meters with a time of 7:35.940. While finishing behind an Italian team of Sofia Tanghetti and Maria Ludovica Costa by 5 seconds, they surpassed the Australian team of Lucy Theodore and Jillian Roberts.
With the NCAA Championships being held in 2018 at Nathan Benderson Park, Hamrick made one of her many appearances at the Sarasota facility as a member of the Princeton coaching staff. She hopes to return in Stanford colors when the 2021 and 2022 NCAA Women’s Championships are held in Sarasota/Bradenton.
“This place is incredible and I raced here in high school at the state championships,” she said. “I can’t confirm it, but I think it might have been the first race held here in 2009. It’s grown up since then and things have been better every time I’ve returned. It’s cool to see how Florida has embraced the rowing culture. There’s some really good racing here.”