Michigan Olympic Updates: Rowing
Janine Hanson

Aug. 3, 2012

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The contingent of former Michigan rowers in London wrapped up its Olympic experience with Sarah Trowbridge and Tom Peszek both rowing their final race of the Games. In the women's double sculls "A" final, Trowbridge and partner Margot Shumway finished last in the six-boat race with a time of 7:10.54. Great Britain (6:55.82) earned the gold medal, followed by Australia (6:58.55) and Poland (7:07.92). Earlier in the day, Peszek and his partner, Silas Stafford, took second in the men's pair "B" final for eighth place overall. The Americans moved from third to second in the final 500 meters for a final time of 6:53.30, more than three seconds behind Germany (6:49.93).

Tom Peszek (USA) Men's Pair Final B 2nd (6:53.30)
Sarah Trowbridge (USA) Women's Double Sculls Final A 6th (7:10.54)


Janine Hanson and her Canadian teammates wrapped up their Olympic competition this morning, earning a silver medal in the women's eight event at Eton Dorney. The Canadians finished in second place with a time of 6:12.06, a little more than a second behind the gold medal-winning United States at 6:10.59. Canada found itself in third place after the first 500 meters of the race but battled back into the silver medal position at 1,000 meters. Despite having the fastest split among the field in the final 1,000 meters of the race, Hanson and crew were unable to catch the Americans, who had opened up nearly a three-second lead over the first half. This marks the first Olympic medal for Hanson.

Janine Hanson (Canada) Women's Eight Final Silver Medal 2nd, Silver (6:12.06)


Tom Peszek and his partner, Silas Stafford, looked to secure their bid into the medal round of the men's pair event but finished nearly four seconds behind Canada to earn fourth place and a spot in the "B" final on Friday (Aug. 3). The U.S. pair crossed the finish line with a time of 6:58.58, using the second-fastest split of the final 500 meters to climb from fifth place into fourth. Peszek and Stafford will race against Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Greece and Serbia. New Zealand and Great Britain each won its semifinal race and will compete against Italy, Canada, France and Australia in the "A" final.

Tom Peszek (USA) Men's Pair Semifinals 4th, semifinal A (6:58.58)


Former Wolverine Sarah Trowbridge and teammate Margot Shumway kept their medal hopes alive by finishing second in the women's double sculls repechage and earning the final spot in the event's six-team A final, which is scheduled for Friday (Aug. 3). The Americans were in third place after 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters but posted the fastest splits over the last two 500-meter segments to pass the Czech Republic (7:11.68) and finish with a time of 7:10.37, 0.72 behind China (7:09.65).

Sarah Trowbridge (USA) Women's Double Sculls Repechage 2nd (7:10.37^)


Michigan's third and final rowing representative began her march toward an Olympic medal this morning when Sarah Trowbridge (2003-05) competed for the United States in the women's double sculls event at Eton Dorney. Trowbridge and her partner, Margot Shumway, finished in third place of the second heat with a time of 6:55.25, putting the U.S. team in Tuesday's (July 31) repechage against China, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany and Ukraine. Great Britain and Australia each won its respective heat to advance directly to the finals on Friday (Aug. 3), as did heat runners-up New Zealand and Poland.

In other rowing action Monday, Tom Peszek and his partner, Silas Stafford, competed in the men's pair repechage against Germany, Serbia and Hungary. The Americans placed third with a time of 6:27.41 to earn the last spot in the semifinals on Wednesday (Aug. 1).

Sarah Trowbridge (USA) Women's Double Sculls Heats 3rd (6:55.25)
Tom Peszek (USA) Men's Pair Repechage 3rd (6:27.41+)


Michigan alum Janine Hanson (2003-06) and her Canadian teammates began their quest for gold in style on Sunday (July 29) at Eton Dorney in London. Hanson, sitting in the bow seat of the women's eight boat, helped her boat to victory in the second heat this morning with a time of 6:13.91. Canada finished nearly a length ahead of second-place Romania to punch its ticket directly to finals on Thursday (Aug. 2). In the first heat of the day, the United States earned its berth in Thursday's final. Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Romania and the Netherlands all will race in Tuesday's (July 31) repechage.

Janine Hanson (Canada) Women's Eight Heats 1st, heat 2 (6:13.91^)


A 1997 U-M graduate and former member of the men's club team, Tom Peszek was the first U-M rower to compete in the 2012 London Games, rowing in the men's pair event with his partner, Silas Stafford. Peszek's pair boat raced in the second heat against Canada, Austrailia and the Netherlands at Eton Dorney in London, and the Americans finished in fourth place with a time of 6:26.69, almost three seconds behind first-place Canada. Peszek's boat will now race in Monday's (July 30) repechage against Hungary, Germany and Serbia. The top three boats from Monday's race will advance to the semifinals.

Tom Peszek (USA) Men's Pair Heats 4th, heat 2 (6:26.69)

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