Arlington’s Margot Shumway, 32, won a gold medal in the single scull event at the Pan American Games, defeating boats from Argentina and Canada in the final. Shumway, a native of Westlake, Ohio, trains at Potomac Boat Club under her former partner Reilly Dampeer. Reuters reported live on the event at Ciudad Guzman, Mexico.
A chance encounter with an athletics trainer on a track at Ohio State University led to Pan-American Games single sculls champion Margot Shumway dropping basketball to take up rowing.
The 32-year-old American captured the gold medal on Lake Zapotlan on Tuesday, clocking seven minutes 53.05 seconds with Argentina’s Gabriela Best second in 7:55.55 and Canadian Isolda Penney third.
“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and putting together a race plan that was good for me and having no regrets,” Shumway, who now has her sights set on next year’s Olympic Games in London, told Reuters in an interview at the water’s edge after her win.
“It’s certainly up there (with my best results), a win is a win, no matter what race it is.”