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Tom Dethlefs ’12 Captures Gold with U.S. Eight at World Cup III

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

LUCERNE, Switzerland—Former Yale men's heavyweight crew captain Tom Dethlefs '12 clinched his first gold medal as part of the U.S. Senior National Team on Sunday. Dethlefs sat in the seven-seat of the U.S. eight that pulled to victory at the third stage of the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, beating the reigning Olympic champion Germany.

This is not the first medal that Dethlefs, a native of Lawrenceville, N.J., has won on the world stage. In March, Dethlefs took home a silver medal with the U.S. Senior National Team's eight at the first stage of the World Cup in Penrith, Australia. That same week, Dethlefs won a bronze medal representing the U.S. in the open men's coxless four at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta.

The full line-up that claimed victory for the U.S. eight on Sunday was Zach Vlahos (Piedmont, Calif.), Thomas Peszek (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Dethlefs, Steven Kasprzyk (Cinnaminson, N.J.), Glenn Ochal Philadelphia, Pa.), Austin Hack (Old Lyme, Conn.), Nareg Guregian (North Hills, Calif.), Ross James (Dekalb, Ill.) and Ian Silveira (West Bloomfield, Mich.).

The U.S. eight trailed the German boat by 1.46 seconds after the first 500, but closed the gap through the middle 1000 and edged into the lead by the final 500. In the end, the U.S. boat finished in 1:18.74, 0.38 seconds ahead of the second-place Germans and 3.39 seconds ahead of the Dutch, who crossed in third.

The men's eight victory helped propel the U.S. to the top of the Lucerne World Cup standings, based on points accumulated across all events. The U.K. claimed the overall 2013 World Cup points trophy.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.