Stanford Rowing Alumni Record Greatest International Showing Since 1964 Olympics
June 1, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Rowing enjoyed its finest day of international competition since the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo on Sunday, as three alumni (David Banks, '05, Adam Kreek, '06, and Jamie Schroeder, '05) medaled at World Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland, and one alumnae, Simona Chin ('05), was named coxswain for the U.S. Paralympic Team's LTA4+ boat.
Kreek, rowing for Canada, was part of the Canadian boat's repeat gold-medal effort in the eight oared event, crossing the line with a time of 5:31.89, just over three seconds ahead of the runner-up boat from China.
Schroeder, part of the United States' quadruple sculls boat, helped the American boat record a final time of 5:45.40, beating the second-place boat from Poland by 1.09 seconds. The gold medal is the first in international competition for Schroeder.
Banks earned his first international bronze medal for the United States, rowing as part of the men's straight four boat that finished with a time of 5:53.67, 1.63 seconds behind the winning boat from Australia, and just 0.54 seconds behind the runner-up boat from The Netherlands.
Chin, a former coxswain with the Stanford men's team, will represent the United States as the coxswain of the LTA4+ boat at the Paralympic Games in Beijing. The 2008 Paralympic Games marks the first time that rowing will be showcased at the event.