Norton, Socha Win Medals at the U-23 World Championships

July 27, 2015


Holly Norton and Daphne Socha of the Ohio State women’s rowing team won medals at the 2015 World Rowing Under-23 Championships this past weekend in Plodiv, Bulgaria. Norton and Socha were two of six Buckeyes represented at the prestigious international event.

Norton (stroke) won a silver medal with Great Britain in the Women’s Pair. Norton helped Team GB to a time of 7:40.40, finishing behind the gold-medal winning United States team (7:33.64).

Socha earned a bronze medal with France as the stroke seat in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls. The French boat crossed the line in a time of 6:49.27 behind Poland and Australia. Socha is currently on hiatus from the Ohio State team as she prepares for the 2016 Olympics.

Rising sophomores Rachel Engel (bow) and Sarah Davis (stroke) finished fourth overall with Team Australia in the Women’s Four in a time of 6:57.90. Team USA won the event in a time of 6:53.68.

Rising sophomore Laura Monteso Esmel (stroke) finished fifth in the B final and 11th overall with Team Spain in the Women’s Lightweight Double Scull in a time of 7:23.21. New Zealand was the gold medalist in a time of 6:54.83.

Cassandra Johnson, a rising sophomore, also competed at the U-23 world championships as a spare for Team USA.