Oregon State’s lone olympian Devery Karz and teammate Kate Bertko raced in the lightweight women’s double sculls A/B semifinals Thursday morning. Needing a top-three finish to qualify for the finals and medal race the U.S. crew of Karz and Bertko fell short finishing 5th.
Wind was again a factor, the A/B semifinals were supposed to be raced yesterday, but instead were cancelled because of the poor conditions and moved to Thursday.
Devery Karz and Kate Bertko finished with a time of 7 minutes and 22 seconds. Despite failing to reach the medal final, The U.S. team will still race in the B-finals to determine the Olympic places of teams 7-12. That race will take place on Friday, at 6:10 am Eastern Time (weather permitting).
While it must be disappointing for Karz and Bertko to fall short of the podium, they have done an outstanding job representing the United States at the Olympics, so far. Devery Karz’s wasn’t planning on representing her country at the Olympics after she broke her elbow during her senior year at Oregon State, but has fought back and made an impressive comeback to land a spot on the U.S. rowing team. We wish Devery Karz the best as she competes in her last race on Friday.