The final day of Olympic rowing action of the 2012 London Games will feature two races that Ivy fans will want to pay particular attention to as rowing at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre draws to a close on Saturday morning.
Starting the morning off for the Ivies, Gevvie Stone (Princeton ’07) will compete in the women’s single sculls B Final, which is slated to take place at 6:00 a.m. (ET). Stone moved to the B Final after placing fourth in her semifinal in a time of 7:52.98.
Then at 6:30 a.m. (ET), the almost All-Ivy boat of Henrik Rummel (Harvard ’09), Glenn Ochal (Princeton ’08) and Charlie Cole (Yale ’07), along with teammate Scott Gault, will have a chance to add to the League’s 2012 rowing medal count of nine (five Gold, four Silver) as they make up seventy-five percent of the U.S. men’s four boat that will be racing in the A Final.
The Americans, who won heat one in 5:54.88 and then placed first in their semifinal in 6:01.72 to advance to the A Final, will face Germany, Australia, Great Britain, Greece and the Netherlands. The U.S. will be in lane three.
The last time an Ivy alum earned an Olympic Medal in men’s fours came at the 1992 Barcelona Games when Doug Burden (Princeton ’88) won a Silver Medal with the U.S. fours.
With nine rowing medals already, the Ivies have matched their best combined (men and women) output since the 1988 Seoul Games (2 Silver, 7 bronze). Should the U.S. men’s four boat race to a spot on the podium tomorrow morning to move the 2012 total to 12, it would mark the highest combined rowing medal total amongst Ivy rowers since the 1984 Los Angeles Games (1 Gold, 12 Silver, 1 Bronze).