July 31, 2012

Gerrand, Trowbridge Reach Finals At Olympic Games

Gerrand In Australian Eight; Trowbridge In U.S. Double Sculls

ETON DORNEY, England – Tess Gerrand '10 will join her fellow Yale graduates Ashley Brzozowicz '04 and Taylor Ritzel '10 in Thursday's women's eight final at the Olympic Games. Gerrand and the Australia eight finished third in Tuesday morning's repechage to earn a spot in the final.

The Australian eight had a time of 6:18.63, easily qualifying for the final. The top four finishers all advanced. The Netherlands won with a time of 6:15.36, followed by Romania in 6:16.6. Great Britain, which placed fourth in 6:21.58, also earned a spot in the final.

Brzozowicz's Canadian eight and Ritzel's United States eight both won heats on Sunday to automatically move into the final, which is scheduled for Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. EDT.

Ritzel and Gerrand were teammates at Yale, both graduating in 2010 after leading the Bulldogs to three NCAA varsity eight titles. Brzozowicz is a 2004 Yale graduate.

New Yale women's crew assistant coach Sarah Trowbridge also had a good morning on Tuesday. Trowbridge and her partner Margot Shumway finished second in the double sculls repechage to qualify for Friday's final.

It didn't come easily for the pair. Only the top two finishers would advance to the final, and Trowbridge and Shumway were third after 1500 meters. The two, though, pushed ahead of the Czech Republic's Jitka Antosova and Lenka Antosova in the final 500 meters, finishing with a time of 7:10.37, a little over a second faster than the Czech Republic's time of 7:11.68.

"I think first we focused internally. It was about our race plan, just me and Margot working as one," Trowbridge told USRowing.org. "But then we could just feel that slight die from (the Czechs), that slight speed loss from them, and it just put us into instinct mode and we went after them, just pounding down the course."

China's Weiwei Zhu and Min Wang won the repechage in 7:09.65.

The final is Friday at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

Trowbridge, a Guilford, Conn., native, 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

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