Trowbridge Places Sixth In Olympic Double Sculls Final

Next Stop Is New Haven To Serve As Yale Assistant Coach

ETON DORNEY, England – Sarah Trowbridge is about to begin a new chapter in her life as an assistant women's crew coach at Yale. One of her final acts before heading to New Haven was pretty exciting. Trowbridge and her partner Margot Shumway finished sixth in the Olympic double sculls final on Lake Dorney.

"I think we had nothing to lose in the race and I just wanted to walk away from this Olympic regatta knowing I had nothing left in the tank, nothing else to give," said Trowbridge, a five-time national team athlete with five international medals on her shelf, told US Rowing after the race.

"Margot and I went out there looking for a fight, looking to push us way past any limit that we've ever had, and so although that's not the finish that we wanted, I'm very proud of our race.

"If you go so hard that you can't cleanly execute the last few strokes, that's better than having a pretty finish. There was a pretty good wind out there. It just wears you down. Honestly we didn't let it get to us. We just went really hard and from my understanding we were in the pack crossing the finish line and I think that's really cool and that's a step up and that's a great thing for us."

The two finished with a time of 7:10.54 in what was a very competitive race. The Great Britain duo of Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger won the gold with a time of 6:55.82. Australia's Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley finished second in 6:58.55. Less than three seconds separated the third place and sixth-place finishers.

Trowbridge, a Guilford, Conn., native, will retire from international competition  - for now - to focus on her coaching career.

"I'm excited to continue along this journey, see if I can help the next group of girls," she said. "I definitely won't close the door on rowing or racing again, but at least for this next year I'm going to try sitting in the launch a little bit and drink my coffee throughout practice."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity