Five Current And Former Stanford Rowers Earn Olympic Berths Friday
June 27, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Five current and former Stanford rowers were named to the Olympic rowing teams of the United States and Canada Friday, marking Stanford Rowing's greatest representation at an Olympic Games in program history. Elle Logan `10 and Lindsay Meyer `11, current members of the Stanford women's rowing team, will represent the U.S. in Beijing as Logan was named part of the Women's Eight (W8+) boat, and Meyer will be a member of the Women's Quadruple Sculls (W4x) boat. On the alumni side, Jamie Schroeder `05 will participate in his second Olympic Games, rowing on the U.S. Men's Quadruple Sculls (M4x) boat, David Banks `05 will be the bowman of the U.S. Men's Four (M4-) boat, and Adam Kreek `06 will also make his second Olympic appearance, rowing for Canada's Men's Eight.
Rowing at the Olympic Games will run from August 9-17, with the finals scheduled for August 16-17. The rowing competition will take place at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park in Mapo Town, located in the Shunyi district of Beijing.
'I am very proud of Jamie, David, Adam, Lindsay and Elle,' said Stanford Director of Rowing and Men's Head Coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'The Stanford rowing culture is built on providing an environment of learning, work and goals. These Stanford grads and undergrads have attained the greatest feat of an amateur athlete-the Olympic Games'.
'Tracking the journey of our Stanford Olympic hopefuls this year has been an amazing experience for this team,' said Stanford Women's Head Coach Yasmin Farooq. 'Even in between races at Stanford regattas we had parents pulling their international results for us. Our NCAA silver-medal weekend was made complete when we learned that all five of our Stanford rowers abroad had made the medal stand at the Lucerne World Cup that same day. Now for all of them to be heading to Beijing is a reward for all of their hard work and dedication. They'll have a ton of support back here on The Farm, and from Stanford alumni and fans who will be watching worldwide.'
Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine), like Meyer and Banks, will be making her Olympic debut this August. A two-time senior national team member, and an alternate for the U.S. National Team in 2007, she was one half of the U.S. women's pair that captured the silver medal at World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland earlier this month, and won bronze at World Rowing Cup I in Munich, Germany. She has rowed with the U.S. Women's Eight in previous events such as the 2007 FISA Under 23 Championships (bronze), the 2005 FISA Junior World Championships (fourth), and the 2004 CanAmMex Regatta (gold). At Stanford, Logan was a key member of the women's eight boat that claimed silver at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships.
'Last August, when I decided to take the year off from Stanford, I never could have imagined this year to be as difficult as it was,' Logan said. 'There were incredible highs and lows, but the goal of making the Olympic Team and competing in Beijing kept me going. With the support of my friends and family, and a year of training with the nation's best rowers and coaches, I made it. I know the hardest part is yet to come, but we're ready to put everything we have into having our fastest race at the Olympics. I could not be more excited to represent the USA in Beijing with my teammates.'
Meyer (Seattle, Wash.) is no stranger to success on the international rowing scene. At the 2008 FISA World Cup stop in Lucerne, she was part of the silver medal-winning quadruple sculls boat, and as part of the same boat won gold at both the Under 23 World Championships and the 2005 CanAmMex Regatta. At the CanAmMex Regatta, Meyer was a double gold medal winner, not only claiming the top prize in quadruple sculls, but also as part of the women's eight. In 2006, Meyer became the first American to medal in the single sculls at the Junior World Championships, capturing the bronze. Like Logan, Meyer was also an alternate for the U.S. National Team in 2007.
'In the last few days before final selection I had a lot of time to reflect on this year and how far I've come, and I realized that even if I were to not make the team, the choice to take the year off was probably one of the best decisions of my life,' Meyer said. 'I have had the opportunity to spend the year rowing with the best athletes in the country. I have learned more from them than I ever could have imagined. That said, I am ecstatic to get to represent my country in Beijing. I still have to stop and think for a second every time someone says something about the Olympics. I can not say enough about how amazing my friends, family, and teammates have been this year. Now, I look forward to racing and getting to test out our speed on the international field. Go USA! Go Cardinal!'
Schroeder, making his second Olympic appearance after rowing as part of the Men's Four at the 2004 Athens Games, this time will be part of the Men's Quadruple Sculls in Beijing. In his lengthy international rowing career, the five-time U.S. National Team member has captured numerous medals, including gold in the quadruple sculls at World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne less than a month ago, bronze in the quadruple sculls at the 2007 Pan-Am Games, and gold in the eight at the 2002 FISA World Under 23 Regatta.
The second Stanford Olympian to be making his second appearance at the Games, Kreek heads to Beijing as part of Canada's two-time defending World Champion Men's Eight boat. Most recently, Kreek was part of the eight that captured gold at this month's World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, and since 2001, has also been part of the Canada Men's Eight that captured victories at such events as The Nations Cup Regatta (2001), the 2002 and `03 World Championships, as well as the Grand Challenge Cup and two World Rowing Cup events in Linz, Austria and Lucerne in 2007. In 2004, Kreek was a member of the Men's Eight that finished fifth at the Olympic Games in Athens.
'I am truly thrilled to represent my country and the Cardinal in Beijing,' Kreek said Friday. 'Stanford athletes have a proud history of Olympic rowing success and I am diligently training my hardest to fill those shoes.I could not have made this journey without the support of Coach Amerkhanian and the Stanford Rowing Alumni.'
A member of the U.S. Men's Four that captured bronze earlier this month in Lucerne, Banks makes his Olympic debut this August with the same boat. A first-time member of the U.S. National Team, Banks rowed in the pairs at the second 2008 National Selection Regatta, and also rowed in the Championship Eight at the 2007 Head of the Charles Regatta.
In other Olympic news, Farooq will also make the trip to Beijing for the 2008 Games, serving as rowing analyst for NBC's Olympic coverage. A two-time Olympian and World Champion, Farooq will be making her third Olympic appearance in the booth for NBC.
Stanford also mourns the loss of alumnus Lou Lindsey `56, who passed away in his sleep June 23, at the age of 87. Lindsey coached the U.S. Men's Eight from the U.S. Naval Academy to the Olympic gold medal at the 1960 Games in Rome. Despite being confined to a wheelchair in later years, Lindsey was a proud Cardinal alumnus who loyally attended Stanford races with his son, Paul, up until his passing.