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Tom Dethlefs ’12 Wins Silver Medal with U.S. Eight at World Cup I

Tom Dethlefs. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tom Dethlefs. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

PENRITH, Australia – Former Yale heavyweight crew captain Tom Dethlefs '12 has two medals to show for his first major international regatta with the U.S. Senior National Team.  Dethlefs rowed in six-seat of the U.S. eight that won a silver medal at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup on Sunday.  Prior to that race, the U.S. eight broke down into fours to race in the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, where Dethlefs' boat won bronze.  Both regattas were part of the "Festival of Rowing" that ran from Mar. 18-24 at the Sydney International Regatta Center in Penrith, the site of the rowing events for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

In the eight, the lineup of coxswain Stephen Young (Tampa, Fla.), Michael Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.), Tom Peszek (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Stephen Kasprzyk (Cinnaminson, N.J.), Brandon Shald (Sausalito, Calif.), Nareg Guregian (North Hills, Calif.), David Banks (Potomac, Md.) and Grant James (DeKalb, Ill.) finished in second place with a time of 5:31.73.  Great Britain won with a time of 5:29.90, while one of Australia's two eights finished third in 5:35.05.

The U.S. had to contend with an early charge from the New Zealand crew, an Under-23 eight, and came through the 500-meter mark in third place.  At the 1000 the U.S. was in second but GB had a lead of 2.69 seconds.  The U.S. put on a surge in the final moments of the race and closed the gap to 1.83 seconds behind Great Britain. 

PHOTO: U.S. Men's Eight on the Medal Dock 

Earlier in the week Dethlefs raced in an open men's coxless four.  Dethlefs rowed in two-seat of the four that also included James in bow, Peszek in three and Genarro at stroke.  The final took place on Friday, Mar. 22, where Dethlefs' boat had a photo-finish for third place with a time of 5:57.71.  At the line just 0.69 seconds separated Dethlefs' crew in third from the first- and second-place crews, both of which were Australian. 

The Sydney International Regatta Center is the first stop on the three-stage circuit of the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup.  The second stage will be held on the Olympic course in Eton, Great Britain, from June 21-23, and the final stage will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland, from July 12-14.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity