Charlie Cole '07 Named to U.S. Four for 2012 Olympics

Charlie Cole. (Jon Crispin photo)
Charlie Cole. (Jon Crispin photo)

PRINCETON, N.J. – With the completion of the Olympic Trials on Thursday the U.S. men's sweep boats are now set, but as of last week Charlie Cole '07 has been secure in his seat in the men's coxless four headed to the 2012 London Olympics.

The lineup for the U.S. men's four includes Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.), Cole (New Canaan, Conn.), Henrik Rummel (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Glenn Ochal (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Gault is the veteran Olympian in the crew, having finished fifth in the men's quadruple sculls in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  Gault and Cole made up half of the four that qualified the boat with a top-10 finish last year at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia.  Cole, Gault, Giuseppe Lanzone (Annandale, Va.) and Brett Newlin (Riverton, Wyo.) finished fourth in front of the Germans to punch their ticket for London.  Lanzone and Newlin are now boated in the U.S. eight that qualified for London with a four-second win over New Zealand last month at the 2012 FISA Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Cole is in his ninth year as a U.S. national team oarsman.  He competed on the junior national team for two years, then for three years on the U23 national team, rowing once in the quad and twice in the eight.  Since 2009 Cole has rowed in various crews on the senior national team, finishing fifth in the pair at Worlds in 2009 and sixth in the eight in 2010.

All told the U.S. will have crews entered in 12 out of 14 boat classes at the Olympics.  The men's quadruple scull has yet to be named, as is the women's eight and the women's quad.

The 2012 Olympic Games will take place on Dorney Lake just outside of London, England, from July 27 to August 12.  The first day of racing for the men's four will be Monday, July 30 with the medal events taking place on Saturday, August 4.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity