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Cole Helps Team USA Earn Medal

Cole Helps Team USA Earn Medal

Cole and Men's Pair Earn Bronze at 2009 Rowing World Cup Regatta

LUCERNE, Switzerland -- Charlie Cole '07, competing in only his second international competition as a senior U.S. National Team oarsman, stroked the USA Men's Pair without coxswain to a bronze medal at the 2009 Rowing World Cup Regatta on July 12.

Cole (New Canaan, Conn.), rowing with David Banks (Potomac, Md.), helped the pair finish third in the premier world cup regatta of the summer and the last big competition before the World Championships. He was up against a silver medal Great Britain crew that included two Olympic gold medalists from the 2008 men's four, while the winning New Zealand boat had gold medalists from both the first world cup regatta in Munich and the winners of this summer's English Henley.

Cole and Banks came back in the second half of the race to earn the bronze with a time of 6:36.90. The duo sat in fifth position at the midway point before passing Greece and South Africa in the third quarter of the race. New Zealand's Hamish Bond and Eric Murray clocked a 6:27.00 to win the gold medal, with Great Britain's Peter Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge taking second with 6:32.47.

"Charlie's pair seems to be getting faster as the summer progresses, so this result from Lucerne puts him and David in good position heading into the World Championships in Poland," said Yale heavyweight head coach John Pescatore, who has plenty of his own international rowing experience including the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.  "And while Charlie has lots of experience and success from the U23 and Junior World Championships, the competition in the pair at the senior level is very, very tough, so earning a medal in the pair at the Lucerne Regatta is a significant accomplishment."

Last summer, Cole won a gold medal at the Under-23 World Championships in the men's eight. He finished fifth at the U-23 Worlds in 2007 and also competed at the Junior World Championships in 2003 and 2004, earning a silver medal in Greece in 2003.

USA's top senior pair is next in action at the August 23-30 World Senior Championships at Poznan, Poland.

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