Trowbridge Finishes Third In Heat At Olympic Games

Next Up Is Tuesday's Repechage

ETON DORNEY, England – New Yale assistant women's crew coach Sarah Trowbridge and her partner Margot Shumway finished third in Heat 2 in the double sculls this morning at the Olympic Games. The two will row in Tuesday's repechage to try and earn a spot in Friday's final.

Trowbridge, a Guilford, Conn., native, and Shumway finished with a time of 6:55.25. Australia's Brooke Pratley and Kim Crow won the heat in 6:48.80. Poland's Julia Michalska and Magdalena Fularczyk were second in 6:50.85. Both the Australia and Poland crews automatically advance to the final.

"I'm feeling strong," Trowbridge told USRowing.org. "I think there are some alterations to the race that we would like to make, but it was a step in the right direction. So we're going to keep this momentum going and execute our plan, we've got more."

"I think we were focusing on what we needed to do. We would have liked to catch (Poland) but we are prepared and ready for a three-race regatta, and I think that's going to work to our benefit.

"It's just really exciting (rowing in the Olympics) because it's different than the world championships because it's only a select few. So that once you've gotten here you know you're one of the best. It's really cool to be around people who have not only had similar paths to get here but definitely similar experiences and you can relate to everyone here and you get to go to the line and put down your best race. And that is something that is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Trowbridge has been a member of the U.S. Rowing Senior National Team since 2007. She won a gold medal in the double at the 2007 Pan American Games and competed in four World Championships, winning a silver medal in the quadruple sculls in 2009 and the straight four in 2008.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity