Bauder, Roman help Canada win silver

Langley woman part of Rowing Canada women’s eights squad

Langley’s Lisa Roman and Kristin Bauder helped Canada to a silver-medal showing at the 2017 rowing world championships.

Romania beat the Canadian side with New Zealand taking bronze in the women’s eights competition at the championships in Sarasota, Fla. on Oct. 1.

Romania finished the race in 6:06.40 while Canada edged New Zealand and the United States with a time of 6:07.09. The U.S. had won the last 11 world championships.

“We are so proud,” said cox Kristin Kit. “We stuck to our race plan and this was an amazing race for us.”

“That extra rep race was a great opportunity to figure out what was going on in the boat and use it to power us forward in the finals,” said Susanne Grainger.

“As our coach always says, you don’t always need to be the best crew, you just need to be the best crew on that day. We were fine tuning, and more fine tuning to make sure we had the best race and today was that day,” said an emotional Christine Roper.

Kit — Canada’s coxswain — had such a pivotal role in getting the Canadian boat to that finish line in second place.

“Kit yelled, at the 1500m mark, if you want to win, you gotta go now,” said Bauder.

Roman and Bauder — who are both 28 years old and from Langley — now spend the majority of the year in London, Ont. with Rowing Canada.

Roman represented Canada in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and has been part of the national team program since 2011.

Bauder has been part of the program since 2014.