KINGSTON, R.I.- Rhode Island senior Allie Reilly earned a silver medal for Team USA in the PR3 Mix4+ event at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria Saturday morning.
The American crew made up of Reilly, Michael Varro, Charley Nordin, Danielle Hansen and cox Jennifer Sichel battled Team Great Britain from the start of the race. Both boats crossed each of the first three checkpoints within half a second of each other.
It wasn't until the last 500 meters of the race that the British boat claimed its final lead, earning the gold medal with a time of 7:00.36. Team USA's official time was 7:02.13.
"I'm really glad we were able to close the gap on them from last year's final at Worlds," Reilly said. "I'm already looking forward to next year's race and thinking about how we can improve. I think we have a lot more speed in our future, which is exciting."
Team USA qualified for the six-boat final after cruising through its heat on Monday. That performance, which posted the second-fastest time of that day behind Team Great Britain, sent Reilly's crew straight through to this morning's final.
Reilly is the second current member of Rhode Island's rowing team to earn a medal for Team USA. Head coach Shelagh Donohoe has earned four medals for the national team. She was a silver medalist for Team USA at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the women's straight 4 (coxless) event. Donohoe also has two world championship medals as a rower to her credit, and in 2016 she coached USA to a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
Great Britain - 7:00.36
USA - 7:02.13
France - 7:04.93
Canada - 7:10.21
Australia - 7:13.38
Ukraine - 7:30.10