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Olympic Update, Day #2: Lind, Morin, Wilkinson All Reach Open 8 Gold Final

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 07/29/2012
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Princeton had three rowers qualify for the gold medal final early on Day 2.
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DAY 1: Hendershot, Loch, Matheson, Prendes, Stone

Most of the talk heading into the women's open eight competition at the London Games centered around the U.S.A. and Canada, both of which have Orange and Black representation on it.

Nothing that happened early on Day 2 will change that talk.

Six Princetonians either have competed or will compete on Day 2, and half of them were in the two opening heats of the women's eight. The reigning Olympic champion U.S.A. boat, which includes 2006 NCAA champion Caroline Lind '06, dominated its heat in stirring fashion; its winning time of 6:14.68 was more than six seconds faster than the second-place time of Australia.

Her former NCAA championship teammate, Andréanne Morin '06, and 2011 NCAA champion Lauren Wilkinson '11 would not be outdone in the second heat. The Canadians reached the final in 6:13.91, a time that topped both Romania and the Netherlands; ironically, those were the two boats that edged out Canada for a medal in the 2008 final.

"I am pleased with that race," Morin said. "It's been a race that I have visualized countless times in the last year, the second-most important race, other than the Olympic final is the race that gets you into the final. We were composed in the crosswind and we rowed a powerful middle 1000m. We are ready to turn it up another notch for the final on August 2nd!"

While the remaining five boats will still have a chance to get to the final, both the U.S.A. and Canada are locked in for the gold medal final Aug. 2 at 7:30 am EDT.

Former two-time lightweight national champion Robin Prendes '11 kept his gold medal dreams alive Sunday morning, as he stroked the U.S. LM4- to Tuesday's semifinal (7:40 am EDT). The U.S.A. won its repechage in 6:00.86 and will race in Lane 1 of the opening semifinal. The top three boats will advance to the grand final on Thursday morning.

Julia Reinprecht ’14 and Katie Reinprecht ’13 made their Olympic debuts Sunday in U.S.A. field hockey’s 2-1 opening game loss to Germany. After playing down 2-0 for much of the match, the U.S. made it a one-goal contest with 14 minutes to play. Both sisters were key contributors in the game, with Julia nearly scoring the equalizer with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. The Americans return to the pitch on Tuesday, July 31 to face Argentina, who won its opening round game, at 2 p.m. EDT. The game will be broadcasted live on MSNBC.

Day 3 will have four Princetonians in competition, including three making their London 2012 debuts. The one making his second appearance is Sam Loch '06, who will be part of the Australian men's eight trying to qualify for the gold final in the 4:50 am repechage. Maya Lawrence '02 and Susannah Scanlan '14 will represent the U.S.A. in the individual epee competition, which begins at 5:30 a.m. and runs through the entire day. Glenn Ochal '08 and the U.S. men's four will begin their opening heats at 5:40 a.m.

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