Sept. 8, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE - University of Virginia rower Melanie Kok (St. Catharines, Ontario) earned a gold medal on Sunday (Sept. 4) with Canada's lightweight women's quad crew at the World Rowing Championships in Gifu, Japan. The Canadian crew finished in a time of 6:19.87 to win the event. Denmark finished second in 6:20.69 and Great Britain was third (6:22.49). France finished fourth, with The Netherlands fifth and Japan sixth.
Kok is a junior at Virginia. She rowed with the Cavaliers' varsity eight in each of her first two years in the Virginia program. Virginia's varsity eight won the ACC Championship in that event last season, finished third at the South/Central Regionals and fourth at the NCAA Championships.
Former UVa rower Lindsay Shoop of Charlottesville competed in two finals for the United States' team at the World Championships. She was a member of the women's eight that finished fourth in that event on Sunday. Australia took the gold in the women's eight with a time of 5:58.10 with Romania second (5:59.50), The Netherlands third (5:59.61) and the United States fourth (5:59.88).
Shoop also competed in the women's pair final on Saturday (Sept. 3). She teamed with Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.) to finish sixth in the pair with a time of 8:01.71. New Zealand won the event with a time of 7:43.83 followed by Australia, Russia, Romania, Belarus and the United States.
Shoop didn't join the UVa rowing team until January of her junior year in 2002 and went on to become a two-time All-America and All-South Region selection. She earned her undergraduate degree in 2003 and rowed as a graduate student in 2004.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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