Jaclyn Smith Leads Team USA to Silver Medal at World Championship

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (AUGUST 28, 2014)—Jaclyn Smith, captain of the Sacred Heart rowing team, led her team to the silver medal in the LTAMix4+ at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam earlier today. Team USA crossed the finish line in 3:25.49, just five seconds behind first place Great Britain.

This is Smith's second straight appearance at the World Rowing Championships. Last year, her team just missed medaling, coming in fourth.

"I can't even express how I feel about Jackie's achievement!" said Sacred Heart Rowing Head Coach Nicoleta Mantescu beaming with pride after watching the race. "She worked so hard and she was so determined to do everything she could to come home with a medal at the Worlds after last year's fourth place finish. I am very proud of her and I can't wait to have her back on campus to share all her experiences with the team. Not many collegiate rowing programs can say their captain is a World Champion silver medalist. Her achievement it is a great motivator for the team as we are starting our fall season and I know she can't wait to get back from Amsterdam and join the team in preparation for our first race!"

Read all about Jaclyn's journey to silver medal in her blog.