Ritzel, Brzozowicz Advance To Finals in Women’s Eight At London Olympics

U.S. And Canada Eights Both Win Heats

ETON DORNEY, England – The Yale women's rowers are off to a strong start at the Olympics. Taylor Ritzel's United States eight and Ashley Brzozowicz's Canadian eight both won their heats to automatically advance to Thursday's final. Tess Gerrand and the Australian eight finished second to the U.S. and will row in the repechage on Tuesday.

The United States had a dominant performance, cruising to a nearly six-second victory. The U.S. finished with a time of 6:14.68. Australia (6:20.89) was second followed by Great Britain (6:23.51) and Germany (6:35.32).

Canada had a little more difficult time, winning by slightly less than three seconds with a time of 6:13.91. Romania was second in 6:16.61 followed by the Netherlands (6:18.98).

Ritzel and Gerrand were teammates at Yale, both graduating in 2010, after leading the Bulldogs to three NCAA varsity eight titles. Brzozowicz is a 2004 Yale graduate.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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