July 11, 2010

Charlie Cole ’07 Finishes 10th at World Cup for U.S.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Charlie Cole '07 (New Canaan, Conn.) finished 10th overall in the men's pair competition at the World Cup on the Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland, this weekend.

Cole, rowing with Jake Cornelius, started the competition by advancing to the semifinals with a second-place finish in Friday's heat. The U.S. held the lead over Great Britain for the first 1,000 meters before slipping back into second. Great Britain won in 6:31.09, with Cole and Cornelius second in a 6:40.34.

Cole and Cornelius then finished fourth in the second semifinal on Saturday, placing them in the B final to determine places 7-12. Their time of 6:39.11 placed them 11.33 seconds behind first-place New Zealand.

Cole and Cornelius' fourth-place finish in the B final Sunday gave them 10th place overall. The U.S. crew had a 0.9-second lead on the field 500 meters into the race, but slipped back to finish in 6:35.23, 2.51 seconds behind first-place Serbia.

New Zealand won the A final to finish in first place, followed by Great Britain.

Cole has extensive international rowing experience, including finishing fifth in the pair at the 2009 World Rowing Championships. He also won bronze in the pair at the 2009 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne and was seventh in the pair at the 2009 Rowing World Cup stop in Banyoles.

Cole is one of numerous Bulldogs rowing for the U.S. this summer. Three Yale rowers -- Charlie's borther Henry Cole '10 (New Canaan, Conn.), rising junior Thomas Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and rising senior Derek Johnson (Hillsborough, Calif.) -- have been named to the U.S. Under-23 National Rowing Team that will compete at the U-23 World Championships later this month in Brest, Belarus. 

Dethlefs was in the U.S. rowing selection camp and then qualified to go with his heavyweight eight to Linz, Austria, and won a bronze medal on the 2008 U.S. team.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity