Six years ago, Glenn Ochal '08 was part of a Princeton crew that traveled to London and won gold. He's looking to match that result this summer, though he'll be making the trip in Red, White and Blue.
USRowing announced (June 4) the men’s four that will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in Eton Dorney, Great Britain, pending final approval from the United States Olympic Committee. The lineup includes Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.), Charlie Cole (New Canaan, Conn.), Henrik Rummel (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Ochal (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Ochal rowed for the Princeton heavyweight varsity eight from 2006-2008. As a member of the 2006 varsity eight, he was part of the last Ivy League and Eastern Sprints championship boat for the Tiger heavyweights; that summer, the varsity eight went to the Royal Henley Regatta and won the Ladies' Challenge Plate over Leander Club & Molesey B.C.
Ochal, who rowed in the men’s quadruple sculls at last year’s world championships, also spent two years as an assistant coach with the Princeton heavyweights and lightweights; in 2010, he helped then-rookie coach Marty Crotty guide the lightweights to both the Eastern Sprints and IRA national championships.
Ochal left the coaching profession in 2011 to put greater focus on his Olympic bid.
"If you want to be the best at something, you have to go all in," Ochal said at the time in a story by the Town Topics. "As [former Princeton head coach] Curtis Jordan once told me, there is nothing like rowing at the Olympics and you can coach at any age.”
Ochal is Princeton's fourth rowing alum to earn an Olympic bid. Former teammate Sam Loch '06, who was also part of the 2006 wins at both Sprints and Henley, will row in the Australian M8+, while Gevvie Stone '07 and Robin Prendes '11 will compete for the U.S. Stone will compete individually in the W1x, while Prendes will stroke the LM4-.
More Olympic berths will be announced later this month, including those for both the U.S. and Canadian W8+; several Princeton alumni, including 2008 Olympic gold medalist Caroline Lind '06, figure to be in the mix for both boats.