August 11, 2013

Incoming Freshman Hart Wins Gold Medal At 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships

Helps U.S. Four To World Title

Caroline Hart, who will begin her Yale crew career in just a few short weeks, won a gold medal with the United States four at the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, over the weekend.

Hart and her crewmates Sylvie Sallquist, Galen Hughes and Eliza Spilsbury over took Germany to win the crown on Lake Galve. The U.S. four had finished second to the Germans in the opening day of the competition a few days earlier.

"It was everything I expected we could do," Hart told USrowing.com. "We were challenged, but we just kept going because we had confidence in our crew."

Off the start, Germany took the lead and the U.S. fell to third. Germany was still in the lead at the halfway point, but the U.S. was closing and beginning to break them. Through the third quarter, the U.S. took the lead and Germany began to fade as Italy came up from third.

Through the sprint, the U.S. held. Italy passed Germany and was going for the gold. But there was no cracking in the U.S. crew and they crossed the line less than four tenths of a second ahead of Italy in 6:53.85 to 6:54.23. Germany took bronze in 6:56.29.

Hart is a native of Harvard, Mass., and rowed at Bromfield High School.

Photo of Caroline Hart and Yale assistant coach Sarah Trowbridge. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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