Columbus, Ohio - Ida Kruse, a member of Germany's women's four, helped her boat to a third-place finish with a time of 6:39.70 on Saturday (July 22) at the World Rowing U-23 Championships. The four-day regatta took place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on the Maritsa River.
Kruse, rowing from the third seat, helped her boat to second-place finishes in the qualifying heat (6:52.08) and semifinals (6:33.18) to advance to the Grand Finals on Saturday. Kruse's boat got off to a quick start holding down the runner-up position through the first quarter of the race before dropping back to the fourth position at the 1,500-meter mark. With 500-meters left to go, the Germans reeled off a split of 1:37.76 to storm back and take bronze. Over the last 300-meters of the race, Kruse and her teammates overtook third-place Denmark by posting an impressive 38 strokes per minute or higher.
Kruse's impressive 2017 season comes to a close with a bronze medal at the U-23 World Championships. In June, Kruse was named a Pocock First Team All-American for helping Ohio State's 1V8 amass a record of 43-7 overall (10-5 W/L by race) on its way to a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
In May, Kruse became the sixth woman in program history to be named the Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year. Kruse was a member of the 1V8 that claimed gold at the Big Ten Championships to help Ohio State win its fifth conference title in a row, a conference record.
Kruse will be a junior for the 2018 season.